Ultimately, the paper will end up in a residence in Washington, D. For her part, Heidi landed a job as an interiors textile designer, and Christian got a gig as an artist for a surfaces company. On the flip side, clients might ask that an offering in the permanent collection be modified, and customized for them. As I watch the pattern come together, it starts to look vaguely familiar. They assembled three tables, added a roof and constructed their own recycled water system. It has a lovely sheen to it.
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They utilize their fine art skills—Christian uses bronzing and patina techniques—to create cutting edge luxury design that is its own work of art. Each is as wow-inducing as the next. On top of that marbled base goes a plaster containing a powder with flake mica in it, which gives the paper its luminosity, he says.
Soon after graduation, they moved to New York City, and since neither was interested in taking the starving-artist route, they sought out paying gigs that would allow them to also focus on making their own creations. Today the business, which employs a staff of eight other local artists, is going through yet another growth spurt, Christian explains, as it becomes more internationally recognized.
In a way, the very bottom layer of the Lamina is marble, he points out. The future plans for Assemblage include growing the line and the business and adding several full-time employees and artists. And many of the materials Heidi and Christian use—gold leaf, sterling-silver leaf, abalone sea snails —are the same materials used for jewelry making.
On the flip side, clients might ask that an offering in the permanent collection be modified, and customized for them. Other common techniques involve stenciling and mark-making with different tools.
Gamely, Heidi invites me to flip through a large book sitting on a nearby table, which holds not photographs, but actual samples of each of the nearly 30 patterns in the collection.
The couple met in art school at the Kansas City Art Institute back in the early aughts. Heightening the effect, today her hair is completely covered by a soft blue knit cap. Ultimately, the paper will end up in a residence in Washington, D.
Then inafter Christian sold a few paintings and sculptures, the couple decided it was time to leave the NYC rat race behind and move to a place where they could plant a garden and raise children without breaking the bank.
Christian and Heidi Batteau converted a tornado-damaged seed mill in rural Witter into a warehouse designed to produce their luxury wallpaper and serve as the headquarters of their company, Assemblage.
They have a means of connecting with the world outside of Arkansas. This is handmade from beginning to end. These two make for a dashing couple of artists.
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With her paintbrush, she marks the shimmery yellow-gold paper with the darker brown-gold resin. Both of them exhibited their work on a regular basis.
Heidi is from [Witter], and I fell in love with it. They assembled three tables, added a roof and constructed their own recycled water system. They now have a place for their garden and two kiddos, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. On either side, two windows peer out to the budding greenery of the surrounding countryside. Husband and wife team Christian and Heidi Batteau have designed wallpaper for some of the most high-end brands in the country from their homestead in rural Northwest Arkansas.
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batteeau As I make my way through the book, it quickly becomes clear that fabrics and chrixtian and nature are major sources of inspiration for Heidi and Christian. The company, now represented by Holly Hunt, is finding a place in smaller-scale markets. Next article Features A Chance Encounter. The wallpaper idea got rolling when Christian was asked to design some for a batteeau with his company.
The process can involve marble plaster on top of high quality paper, hand-carved stencils, a beeswax finish and metal powders embedded to create a shine. Heidi and Christian Batteau of Assemblage.
How an internationally acclaimed handmade-wallcovering firm came to be in Witter. And indeed, this is where the paper eventually goes to completely dry. It has a lovely sheen to it.