Christophe Van Houtvin & Eline Moustie are Beglian based gold leaf gilders and artisans. We have been creating our unique gilded and engraved artworks since 2000. More information from other projects can you find on www.ateliervanduca.be.
Gilding has been from ancient times one of the most appreciative forms of decorations and creativity. Gilding is the laying of leaf of gold, silver and imitation gold (copper or aluminium) on a prepared surface. Pure gold leaf is almost practically transparent and it can be thinned to 0.0001 millimeter.
For centuries gilders have applied gold leaf to furniture, objects of arts, religious arts, medieval manuscripts, cathedrals and homes, accomplishing the task in secret. Gold on furnishings initially served as an expression of power, but later on it was used commonly as a relief from the lack of shininess of the wood.
We have developed a unique technique for covering walls with metal leaf made from up to 24 carat gold. It involves a very meticulous process in which sheets of gold that are 25 square inches in size and 0.03 inches thick are applied one by one to form distinctive patterns.
This technique originates from a collaboration with the renowned Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck, where we recreated a modern version of a seventeenth century art room as part of the celebrations marking 350 years of Belgian art. Since then, we’ve been perfecting the technique, creating signature golden walls for the Argentinian artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and many international museums and exhibitions. These include the National Manneken Pis Museum in Belgium, the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in the Netherlands, the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland and the Art Basel exhibition in the United States. Our technique truly recreates historic golden art walls with a contemporary twist – and we’re one of the only gilders worldwide that can offer it.
We create customized walls that measure anything from 10 up to 6,450 square feet, to provide an eye-catching backdrop for art installations, exhibitions and fairs. Depending on the size and design, the development of this unique wall can take anything from two weeks up to two months.
If you’re interested in more information or would like to talk about your specific plans, please reach out to us to see how we can make your vision a reality!
We look forward to hearing from you.
Christophe and Eline Van Houtvin-Moustie
Imitation gold leaf
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