The Grand Tour has been described as an educational rite of passage. For me, that description applies to my participation in The Attingham Summer School 2013 as well. I’ve known about the Attingham Trust program for many years from architect and designer friends who were chosen to attend. They talked about their experiences studying a variety of British Country Houses and Gardens and spoke of the cultural and artistic influences that were nurtured by the planning and building of these great country estates.
My experience this summer was equally extraordinary. I encourage fellow qualified professionals working in areas connected to the decorative arts, design, and architecture, to apply. We visited 30 houses and gardens in an intensely scheduled 18 days.
ATTINGHAM TROMPE L’OEIL
The Summer School’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable lecturers and guides provided an in-depth understanding of the changes that were thrust upon the estates and their families as England changed from an agrarian society to a material, industrial culture.
My design work always begins with historical and cultural research including art and design reference from Great Britain and the Continent. Attingham 2013 provided the opportunity to study first hand the fine art, architecture, and decorative arts that are vital in fashioning the historic country house. The access to, and interpretation of, the houses and their gardens reinforces my commitment to create art and design that celebrates the sophistication and beauty of the past while at the same time interpreting centuries of art, architecture, and design for the 21st century.
CHUCK FISCHER is an artist and best-selling author who has taken his unique painting style and effortlessly transferred his signature look to a popular series of pop-up books and home furnishings products, making his remarkable artistry available to a worldwide audience.
Fischer entered the exciting world of the Apple iPad and iPhone when A CHRISTMAS CAROL for the iPad was launched in 2010 and followed by TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS narrated by Victor Garber. Fischer’s third app is titled THE HOLIDAY SNOW GLOBE and is free at the APPLE APP STORE. These are the first of many planned introductions of Fischer’s vision for interactive applications.
Chuck’s newest pop-up book Charles Dickens A CHRISTMAS CAROL was recently published by Little, Brown and Co.
Fischer’s book, Christmas in New York: A Pop-Up Book (Little, Brown & Co.) has become a perennial holiday favorite and Christmas Around the World: A Pop-Up Book (Little, Brown & Co.) was, accompanied by an extensive collection of Christmas ornaments produced by Kurt Adler, along with fine paper products by CR Gibson. Christmas Around The World was chosen as one of USA Today’s Top Ten holiday books and both books appeared on the Barnes and Noble best-seller list. In The Beginning: The Art of Genesis was published by Little, Brown & Co. in 2008, and ANGELS: A Pop-Up Book was published in 2009.
Fischer’s first three books; The White House: A Pop-Up Book (2004), Great American Houses and Gardens: A Pop-Up Book (2002),and Wallcoverings: Applying the Language of Color and Pattern (2003) were published by Rizzoli.
Fischer’s three signature collections of china and crystal for LENOX, are available at fine department stores in the US and Canada. His collections of fabric and wallpaper designs are available at F. Schumacher and Co. and Brunschwig & Fils.
Fischer has collaborated with some of the nation’s top interior designers including, Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, Michael Smith, Cullman/Kravis, David Kleinberg, and Stephen Stempler. Fischer’s decorative painting projects have been featured in many publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and The New York Times.
Fischer’s work is in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum and in the Smithsonian Libraries exhibition – Fold, Pull, Pop, and Turn at the Museum of American History in Washington DC. Fischer was chosen as a Visiting Artist at the AMERICAN ADADEMY IN ROME and has been honored with the commission to create the annual holiday card and an exclusive line of gift items for The White House Historical Association.