Dec 2016

Hand-painted wallpaper, a Dutch Heritage! Hand-painted wallpaper, a Dutch Heritage

Hand-painted wallpaper, a Dutch Heritage
The Dutch Golden Age is famous for its painters like Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens. But little is known about hand-painted wallpapers from that period. Painting landscapes on paper was a typical Dutch crafts. Between the 17th and the 18th century hundreds of walls must have been covered with by hand-painted wallpapers as a sign of luxury and wealth.

In the 17thcentury hand-painted wallpaper was a less costly replacement for Tapestries (or Gobelins). Another advantage was that clients could order customized wall coverings and determine size, style and subject of the sceneries.

Mass production
During the early 18thcentury hand-painted wallpapers were made accessible for all. The Dutch had a dozen workplaces and factories producing hand-painted wallpaper on a massive scale. In the early 19thcentury the hand-painted wallpaper became less popular and factories had to close. This was mostly due to a diminished Dutch economy and the foreign industrial revolution, which introduced printed wallpaper.

By the 20
thcentury large town houses and estates where converted into offices, hospitals or schools. The (detachable) hand-painted wallpapers where considered impractical and were mostly sold to foreign buyers as works of art. The consequence is that only a few survived in the Netherlands.
Gardens on Paper
About two hundred years later, wallpaper artists Marcelo Gimenes and Jaap Snijder from Snijder&CO picked up this forgotten craft. “After exploring remaining wallpaper samples in museums we decided to work only with modern materials. We did not want to copy the old samples but build upon a Dutch tradition of custom designed wallpaper sceneries”. Each design is completely handmade and is inspired by nature. With endless passion they paint flowers, plants and birds. Leaf by leaf creating beautiful gardens on paper. 

New techniques
They do not work with oil paint or the stencil technique of Chinese wallpaper (Chinoiserie). “We use just ordinary wall paint, this requires a different way of working but it creates a great atmosphere with its bright colours and matte appearance”.
By working together on one design they mix their styles into something new never losing track of its decorative purpose. The wallpaper should always fit in the room for which it was intended. So they make, just like the Dutch wallpaper painter Jurriaan Andriessen (1742-1819), previously detailed sketches and sometimes a scale model for the customer to provide a good understanding of the product.

“It requires a lot of dedication to paint commissioned wallpaper entirely by hand, It is a very labour-intensive craft”. The hand-painted wallpaper of Snijder&CO is a contemporary version of the Dutch historical predecessor. “That’s why we call our style “Dutchoiserie”.

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Craft Counsil NL


Snijder&CO nu ook op het platform voor het hedendaagse ambacht!
Crafts Council Nederland (CCNL)
Is de Nederlandse variant van wat in Engeland en vele andere landen al decennialang onmisbaar is: een platform voor het hedendaagse ambacht. CCNL ontwikkelt programma’s en activiteiten waarbij leren, verbinden, inspireren en ontwikkelen centraal staan. Traditionele technieken krijgen een nieuw leven, worden doorvertaald, gedoceerd: om te voorkomen dat ze verdwijnen. En om ze in te zetten als innovator en als economische stimulans van de creatieve sector. Nederland heeft van oudsher een prachtig portfolio op het gebied van vakmanschap van de creatieve ambachten, en dit speelt nog steeds een grote rol in fashion, design, architectuur en beeldende kunst. Maar hoe garanderen we die rol van vakmanschap in de toekomst? Het platform Crafts Council Nederland verzamelt en deelt kennis, profileert best practises en legt verbanden tussen makers, disciplines, onderwijs en publiek. Voor een levensvatbare creatieve sector, nu en in de toekomst.
Authenticiteit, ambachtelijkheid en oorspronkelijkheid
Het woord ‘ambacht’ roept bij vrijwel iedereen positieve associaties op zoals eerlijkheid, authenticiteit, natuurlijkheid, menselijkheid en veiligheid. Het refereert aan de goede oude tijd, toen we nog als individu gezien werden en de massa-industrie ons nog niet tot anonieme consumenten had gedegradeerd. Het ambachtelijk vervaardigen van producten staat voor positieve waarden als autonomie, arbeidsvreugde, en trots. De hernieuwde interesse voor het ambacht hangt samen met een dreigende teloorgang van specialistische vaardigheden, ervaring en kennis. Sinds enkele jaren wordt ook door de overheid aandacht besteed aan het ambacht. Economische studies hebben uitgewezen dat er de komende periode honderdduizenden ambachtslieden nodig zullen zijn in Nederland.

Snijder&CO is proud to be part of the Platform for contemporary craft Craft Council Nederland
Crafts Council Nederland (CCNL) is the Dutch version of what is already indispensable for decades in England and many other countries: a platform for contemporary craft. CCNL develops programs and activities where teaching, connecting, inspiring and developing are the central themes. Traditional techniques are given a new life; they are translated and decoded to prevent them from disappearing. And to use them as innovator and economic stimulus for the creative sector. The Netherlands has always had a wonderful portfolio in the area of expertise of the creative crafts, and it still plays a major role in fashion, design, architecture and art. But how do we ensure that role of craftsmanship in the future? The platform Crafts Council Nederland collects and shares knowledge, presents best practices and makes connections between artists, disciplines, education and the public. For a viable creative industry, now and in the future.
Authenticity, craftsmanship and originality
The word 'craft' evokes positive associations such as honesty, authenticity, sincerity, humanity and security. It refers to the good old days, when we were still seen as an individual and the mass industry had not yet degraded us to anonymous consumers. The traditional manufacturing of products represents positive values such as autonomy, job satisfaction and pride. The renewed interest in the craft is associated with an impending demise of specialist skills, experience and knowledge. For several years, the government is also paying attention to the crafts. Economic studies have shown that in the coming period, hundreds of thousands of artisans in the Netherlands will be needed.

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