To experience Shyama Golden’s work is to go on a journey that always surprises and delights. Her visual vernacular brilliantly balances personal, playful and poignant themes that culminate in a sensory-stirring narrative that just makes you feel good and wanting more. Flavor Paper is thrilled to roll out another banger by the celebrated visual artist and figurative painter: Ascendance. It’s an optical ode, a love letter to her past and present…rooted in her family’s Sri Lankan origins with an expression of growth to reflect her current world and yet, masterfully illustrates the cyclical nature of life as a whole. 

In classic Shyama style, the design presents itself as one thing upon first glance. You may see a landscape and, while you aren’t wrong, when you step to the pattern it reveals a stimulating scene composed of steps inspired by the Kilbourn Stairs and overgrown greenery in Shyama’s Los Angeles neighborhood, and a cast of characters that range from familiar folks (delivery man, exhausted jogger, the artist's mother, and a double denim-wearing couple) and folklore figures (Riri Yakka, Mahasona and Pandam Paliya devil dancers) to pets and paraphernalia (rogue Husky, lost cat and traffic cones) and even the artist herself, pushing a boulder and carrying a found mirror with her husband. There’s much more, too. It’s a magnificent menagerie of the everyday - regardless of time - of cultures, and the ultimate pursuit of thriving through the ebb and flow of things as we know it. It’s a trip!

Ascendance Cutsheet

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  1. Eco Smooth Matte

    Economical, lightweight, Eco-friendly (PVC-free, recyclable, breathable, FSC sourced) 54” wide wallcovering with a smooth matte surface. Class A fire rating. Slightly transparent, so walls should be primed white prior to installation. Printed with water-based, odorless, Greenguard certified latex inks.

  2. Suede Type II Vinyl

    Type II commercial grade 54” vinyl with an embossed, suede like look and feel. Class A fire rating. Printed with eco-solvent inks.

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Lead Time: 3-4 weeks

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  1. Sample (8.5" × 11") $8 ea.
  2. Roll: 8' Height (52" × 100") $330 ea.
  3. Roll: 10' Height (52" × 124") $415 ea.
  4. Roll: 12' Height (52" × 148") $495 ea.
  5. Roll: Custom Height

Estimated Quantity accounts for a design's repeat and match, as well as the wall dimensions you enter. That said, we recommend a professional installer to provide you with exact quantities required for your job and as such Flavor Paper is not liable for incorrect quantities. Our Hand screened wall papers come untrimmed. We print and package in triple rolls [45' x 27"] whenever possible to minimize waste during installation. However, occasionally due to our high quality standards, your order may come packaged as singles, doubles or triples. If you require a triple roll due to the height of your wall, please contact us to confirm this is possible.

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Flavor Paper produces wallpaper by hand screened and digital printing, sometimes both for special projects. All aspects of production are in-house, so we can maintain our exacting perfectionist standards. We use water based or eco-solvent inks to be as green as possible and only print on the finest materials. Flavor Paper quality is unsurpassed. All Flavor Paper is produced to order, so you are free to interchange colors and grounds with handscreened wallpaper and can choose scale and colors for digital wallpaper. It’s your world. Get what you want.

Installation Guides

Wallpaper installation is a serious craft and takes many years of practice and experience to become a master hanger. Flavor Paper prints on some finicky materials with matches and layouts that can get confusing so, for the sake of your walls, we highly recommend using a professional installer.

You can find a qualified local wallpaper installer through the Wallcovering Installers Association.

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