Thursday, December 12, 2013

New Gicleé Wallpapers

We have created many new gicleé wallpapers that I would like to share with you. And remember, most of our murals are available as wallpaper for substantially less than creating an original mural from scratch.

From the Peabody Essex Museum collection:

    Dragons-4338PEM (Circa. 1730) 12" Repeat
    Liturgical Robe-4355PEM
    Silver-6179PEM (Circa. 1840)

I was asked by a New York design firm to come up with a Peacock tail feather wallpaper. They had found a paper with real Peacock feathers which sold for $4000 per panel. Here is what I came up with:

While I was at it, I did some experimenting with Guinea Hen feathers.

    Or one can make a pattern from the feathers.

Then I started experimenting with stone.

    Transenna-3716 (Circa. 800-850) Repeat 40"x24"


Stone Barn in Connecticut 127" Repeat 108" High. 

    I can put a scene in the windows or remove them completely.

And finally, a few things I was working on today.

Thanks for tuning in, send me suggestions, if you have any, please. All our best wishes for the holidays.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Celebrity Series 75th Season Gala

I recently posted about the piano we decorated for "Street pianos Boston". Last night at the Celebrity Series 75th Season Kick-off Gala, our piano was featured and played by many talented musicians. You can visit and play this musical work of art at the Christian Science Reading Room, 194 Massachusetts Ave Boston, MA. 

Robert Torres from the Celebrity Series of Boston took these great photos at the soiree.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Celebrity Series - "Street Pianos of Boston"

We were asked by Sally Wilson and John Kelsy of Wilson Kelsey Design to work with them to decorate a piano for Street Pianos of Boston, organized by the Celebrity Series of Boston. This is their 75 year and our piano will be played at the "75th Season Kick-Off Party", and will be auctioned. After much discussion about what to do with our piano I hit on the concept of covering the piano with feathers, Guinea Hen feathers to be exact. Sally and John added the idea of the Ikat runners on either side, cascading down and over the keyboard, surrounded by a gold stripe. Sally arranged for Dave Taubeneck of Fantastic Finishes to paint the piano in Benjamine Moore - Mink and prep the center with primer, to accept our wallpaper. Meanwhile I designed and printed the wallpaper. 

Below is a "sketch" of the imagined end result.

The design

Artist Luke Jerram has toured "Play Me, I'm Yours!" since 2008, placing pianos in public spaces for the enjoyment of the community. Play Me, I'm Yours! invites us all to engage with, and take ownership of our urban environment. 

The Guinea hen feathers

Zoë, our daughter, played many pianos during the "Play Me, I'm Yours" exhibit, while it was in London last year.

Ikat border

The wallpaper install went off with out a hitch and then Dave of Fantastic Finishes applied the final clear coat and reassembled the piano. Below Lena is adding gold Aqua Leaf to the edge of the border.


Please look for and when possible play the pianos around Boston from September 27th through October 14, 2013. Best, Doug & Lena

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wallpaper Restoration

We were recently asked to restore and add color to an old wallpaper. This is not the first time we have done restoration work but it was an exciting opportunity to bring our own sense of color into the project & not just duplicate or repair / retouch an existing work. No one has, to date, been able to identify  the wallpaper pattern. If anyone reading this knows anything of it's origin, I would appreciate hearing what you know in the comments.

First, the paper had to be stabilized. Wallpaper installer Bill Archibald, of Norfolk, MA preceded us and was able to secure the peeling seams and inject paste into the bubbles. When we arrived the paper was ready for a clear acrylic coat to further fix the paper and give us something nonporous to paint on.



I think you will all agree that the color and contrast is a vast improvement. Thank you for reading. 

Cheers, Doug