For this year’s London Design Festival, Outline Editions, in collaboration with Shapero Rare Books, will host a unique artistic experiment, in which acclaimed contemporary
illustrator Kristjana S Williams will create a series of prints inspired by, and exhibited alongside, engravings by some of the giants of 19th century natural history illustration.
Kristjana S Williams is the fast-rising, Icelandic-born illustrator whose brilliant and daring Victorian engraving mash-ups have been on display at the V&A, Outline Editions and most recently at Somerset House as part of this year’s Pick Me Up.
Shapero Rare Books’ outstanding collection of natural history prints includes work from ornithological legends such as John Gould, Joseph Wolf, Jacques Barraband and Edward Lear.
Outline Editions director Camilla Parsons says: “There’s a real upsurge of interest in Victorian illustration at the moment – partly inspired by Kristjana’s work. This is a unique
opportunity to juxtapose the old and new school in the amazing setting of Shapero’s Mayfair HQ”.
In addition to the exhibition, Kristjana will be hosting a free interactive workshop where visitors will have the opportunity to create their own illustrations & collages based on Antiquarian engravings.
Anachroquarianism runs from 14th – 22nd September 2012 at:
Shapero Rare Books
32 St. George Street, London, W1S 2EA
Tel: 020 8451 3400
Opening times: Mon – Fri 09.30 – 6.30 pm; Sats 11 – 5 pm. Free entry.
Kristjana S Williams prints will be available to buy during the exhibition and online at www.outline-editions.co.uk from £85-£530 Shapero’s antiquarian books and prints are available to buy from their shop or online at www.shapero.com. Books and engravings from £100 upwards.
Kristjana S Williams free illustration workshop: Saturday 15th September 2 – 4pm. To reserve a free place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The London Design Festival runs from 14th – 23rd September 2012. For more information visit Outline Editions website www.outline-editions.co.uk
Ph: 020 8451 3400
Kristjana S Williams biography
Kristjana S Williams creates magical landscapes, filled with impossible, exotic creatures by interweaving fragments of Victorian engravings with contemporary illustration and colouring. Icelandic born and a graduate of Central St Martin’s, Williams’ illustration work spans the worlds of fashion, homeware and prints and has gained widespread critical acclaim. Recent work includes large scale mural displays at the V&A for the London Design Festival, a solo exhibition “Dyragardurin” at Outline Editions’ temporary gallery in Soho, a collaboration with heritage furniture maker George Smith and wallpaper designer Cole & Son, and commissions for the Chanel Group amongst others. She is a regular exhibitor at Outline Editions who showcase and sell her work through exhibitions and as part of their collection at Libertys on Regent Street.
About Shapero Rare Books
Antique book dealers in their 60s and beyond still remember Bernard Shapero as a schoolboy in shorts, buying and selling red Baedeker travel guides. And the boy was good at it. In 1979, and still a teenager, he started to run his own stand at Gray’s Antique Market in Bond Street. By the mid 1980s his business had grown to such an extent that he opened a large shop in Holland Park, and added another shop in Cecil Court in Central London. In 1996 both shops relocated to a handsome five storey Georgian building at 32 St George Street in Mayfair, opposite Sotheby’s. The beautiful listed building is the perfect place to browse through the wide variety of rare antiquarian books, decorative prints, maps and photographs.
Shapero Rare Books is now unrivalled for its magnificent and varied stock of travel, natural history and colour plate books and prints, as well as an extensive department of Russian and Eastern European material. The stock at 32 St George Street can also be viewed and bought on www.shapero.com
About Outline Editions:
Outline Editions showcases and sells limited edition prints by the most ifluential and interesting graphic artists at the forefront of fashion, music and pop culture through temporary exhibitions, art fairs and their online shop. Recent exhibitions include Anthony Burrill’s one man show “Clear Your Head” and “Cut It Out” by Noma Bar at their Berwick Street pop up, which travelled to The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and is currently on display at the Design Museum. Outline Editions is one of London’s leading destinations for new-wave graphic art and illustration with an ongoing showcase of specially commissioned work from the most exciting and innovative artists of the moment - whether it be fast-emerging talents such as Kristjana S Williams or internationally established stars such as Noma Bar, Anthony Burrill and Kate Moross. Their roster of artists includes Patrick Thomas, James Joyce, Klaus Haapaniemi, Hellovon, Petra Borner and Sarah King (Evening Tweed). Outline Editions continues to pursue its aim of bringing the best of graphic art to the widest possible audience,all prints can be seen and purchased via its online store at www.outline-editions. co.uk and a selection at Libertys on Regent Street too.