I‘ve been organizing my home office and sewing room and came across a packet of wallpaper samples from Thibaut that I picked up at last fall’s Market Week at the Boston Design Center. Oy, sometimes, things do get buried, don’t they?
Anyway, the wallpaper samples are from Thibaut’s newly released papers made in conjunction with The Alpha Workshops called Artisan. The papers, and the story behind them, are pretty fantastic.
[via Thibaut’s website] Founded in 1995, The Alpha Workshops is the only
not-for-profit organization in the country that trains and
employs people who are living with HIV/AIDS in the
decorative arts. The Alpha Workshops has been an
industy pioneer, developing a unique training curriculum
within a flexible setting and providing a supportive
workplace that is responsive to the medical, financial and
emotional needs of people living with chronic illness.
Decorative arts classes are taught at The Alpha
Workshops studio School, which is licensed by the New
York State Department of Education. The Alpha
Workshops also runs a highly regarded design studio,
staffed completely by artisans who have graduated from
the school’s advanced program. The studios
are well-known for hand-painted wallpapers, on-site custom
painting and venetian plaster, decorative finishes, gilding,
hand-cast lamps and site-specific artwork.
The collaboration between Thibaut and Alpha utilizes the
best talents of both companies to create Artisan, a bold
and inspiring new wallpaper collection. For Thibaut, the
license with Alpha presented an opportunity to work
hand-in-hand with the creators of Alpha’s designs to
shape their new interpretation. The artisans of Alpha
recognized that in Thibaut, they had a partner who could
skillfuly capture the handmade quality of their designs
and translate them into a widely available product. The
result is a beautiful group of papers that reflects the best
of both The Alpha Workshops and Thibaut.
Here are the sample papers we were given. The papers in the images (via Thibaut) are not all the same colorway as the samples I have on hand, so I’m showing both.
Each of the papers has a unique texture and feel to them. The Maryse, for example, is a smooth paper with a stried ground and overlaid block print metallic pattern. The Ginkgo is a thick pressed paper with a block print. The Verre Eglomisé, mimics the look of real eglomisé, which is glass that has been painted on the reverse side. The Reverie has the look of a rand, hand stamped pattern and La Gioconda has a soft, romantic quality to the print.
Royalties from the sale of Alpha Workshops for Thibaut patterns will directly support Alpha’s training and