Decorative painting has been a form of visual communication from the
beginning of mankind. Throughout the ages, it has proved it’s power
and service to societies, but has always had an affiliation to
buildings and the environment. Decorative painters are professionals in every
sense of the word and offer a service and commitment to the client
within a timescale and to a contract. The decorative painter is not
only highly skilled in a wide range of techniques but also in
aesthetics, the use of colour, the knowledge of surface coatings
and their substrates, and the different periods of style. This diversity of knowledge and skills combine
to produce craftspeople who are independent and individual in their
own right. Styles are a reflection of the culture to which they belong and
their importance in society. The quality of craftsmanship is
directly related to the organization and structure of education and
industrial training within society.
Most techniques in the craft of decorative
painting have been derived from ancient masters using materials
originated from medieval alchemy. Many are described in books and
writings, which can now be easily produced for the benefit of
serious painters who are able to continue the traditions of Van der
Burg, Logelain, Kershaw,
Taylor, Sutherland, Desaint, Petit Bisaux,
Souris, Violet le Duc and even modern decorators aspire to the
qualities of their forebears.
The main points of the official Manifesto:
Gathering of International Decorators
Organising Guiding Manifesto
SALON is a gathering for International decorators to
be inspired of each
others work, to watch and to discuss old and new techniques as well
as materials, and to exchange new information and techniques.
It is a unique opportunity to follow demonstrations and lectures of
famous and talented decorators.
All this to emphasize this old and unique craft.
Decorators are from origin a specific group of painters. The real
ones are possessed by great possibilities of painted finishes, most
of them are individuals. And then, it is a real craft full of life.
Friendships all over the world will be made, brotherly and without
rancour, to share information.
SALON-days are meant for decorators, teachers as well as students to
learn, participate, demonstrate and communicate on a freely basis.
In case the hosting organization is connected to a craft-school;
pupils and students are a welcome addition to the SALON-group to
help out and have the unique opportunity to learn. In this light the
organizer is free to choose to invite other students
(the better and inspired ones) from craft-schools in the hosting
well as foreign schools. To enlighten the general spirit, to welcome
future members, to uplift and continue the craft.
The organizer might attempt through invitation letter to lobby for
diversity amongst demonstrators. Too much of the same techniques can
never uplift the craft, other than progress in perfection; which
might imply competition.
There is no limitation/discrimination on persons of belief.
Anyone is free to comment on another’s work, in a friendly and
Only participants have a central role.
Each SALON-gathering is in principle on a friendly base, sincere,
pure, without financial or political profit. For benefit of the
whole decorators group; to examine, discover and learn from every
SALON gathering will take two days or four up most. Preferable in
February/March because of hotel-prices and avoiding holidays or
commercial busy times.
The SALON-gathering has a central purpose: demonstrations of
participants and exhibition of works
and portfolio’s (photographs). Every demonstration will be
translated as far as possible. There must be opportunity for
communication and discussion in spare times (like lunches, dinners,
The organizers will see to it that there will be lingual help in
form of one or two translators. During demonstrations, lectures and
speeches they might translate the speakers towards the listening
It is common for the demonstrators that they will be given
opportunity to explain their demonstration, skill and technique to
an audience. Translations will follow in short.
The organizer is free to demonstrate his/her
speciality. With help, if needed, from students. He/she has the
unique opportunity to do such a ‘piece de resistance’ in front of
all members at a relaxed suitable time and place to have all the
attentions needed, to demonstrate and explain.
It is only to the host and helpers to create a central demonstration
at the best possible time.
The SALON will be opened and closed officially. There might be a
pre-SALON (press-conference if it is interesting or board
meeting) or set-up of things with help of SALON-members. Also a
post-SALON, like visitation of some sort of country’s highlight of
lectures or just the last dinner evening with closing.
Tradition since SALON 1998 might be the ‘SALON Life Time
This acknowledgement to senior members is an honour to pay respect.
Recommended are up most two names to put forward. The board of
could discuss this during a meeting, letters, fax, e-mails or
telephone. The Life Time Achievement Award will be given to senior members above
50 years of age. The
institution of such an award is up to the present organiser to execute. The award itself is a plaque in silver
Traditions may be prolonged (like dinners together with all
participants, visitors) like the Swedish/Viking folk song and the
unbreakable chain, as long
as they are spontaneously arisen. They may never interfere with
beliefs or become vulgar or insulting to others.
There could be held lectures as well as visits/tours to interesting
decorated places or relaxing places.
The making of a group photograph might be considered at one of the
days during lunch.
Kirwin/SALON 1998 Additions:
Those not part of the SALON-group, but wishing to participate are
asked to submit some evidence of their work to the
SALON host. They may decide if they want to include the applicant bases
upon their portfolio, examples, resume, background experience and
perhaps some research into the character of the person through
references or the knowledge of current SALON members. For example:
there may be a controversial character, perhaps a drunk, who might
be avoided. The hosts could research the person to find out if they
should attend based upon their judgement.
Students wishing to attend should be invited by their SALON member
sponsor. They should be ‘star’ students who have worked for a year
or more with their teachers. No workshop students or short-term
students. They might not be of good character, nor have they
SALON members must obey the wishes of the hosts by following the
schedule of demonstrations, pitching in when it is obvious and by
being co-operative and courteous.
SALON days cannot be used for name or own political or commercial
upgrading: like future use profits it is no brand for quality, or an
exceptional degree of painters/decorators.
The next organizer will announce him/herself voluntary.
Organization of every SALON is mostly done by a
Any financial contributions made by persons or business/commercial
is done free at hand without purpose of advertisement or future sale
by ‘pressure’. It can be mentioned, but has a minor, tiny role.
The organizer has an open heart towards anyone. Negative powers or
gossip or reluctant cooperation is to be neglected.
Organization is done by private persons who take up the idea freely,
without pressure, as being host for their friends. Without any kind
of personal winning (especially in financial or political way).
The organizer will try to keep contact with members if needed. There
will be an application form and briefing letter sent with timetable,
itinerary and costs.
The present organizer will hand over the latest update of names and
addresses to the coming organizer of the next year during closing
International Gathering is named “The Salon”. This represents the
group of Decorative Painters. “The Salon” is the household name.