Our first foray into an artistic collaboration with Quentin Jones came a couple of years ago when Quentin created a series of portraits composed of the celebrated characters that have carried Panama diaries. This year we have joined forces again with a bit more of a festive approach.
Step into Wonderland…
Shot using her iconic stop-motion animation technique, Quentin has brought to life our collections and seasonal colours into something altogether magical. Transforming herself into the character of a French harlequin clown, Quentin handcrafted paper masks from our signature Nile Blue paper to illustrate her whimsical scenes.
“I love their skull caps, and simple graphic makeup. Lucy Burt worked with me to create the characters you see in the film. I particularly love the last character of the film, which has line drawing facepaint.”
Her surrealist collages and graphic vignettes slowly reveal the letters that spell out Smythson. An intricate interplay of gifts, merry music and artistic storytelling, every time we watch ‘Wonderland’ we discover some new detail hidden within the scenes by Quentin’s clever artistry.
“It all connects back to that sense of playfulness and amazement of childhood. And I think Christmas is most evocative when viewed through the eyes of a child, so it was an exciting angle to think of a Christmas film from.”
And if that was not festive enough, Quentin has also designed a series of Christmas cards featuring her unique combination of surrealist photomontage and painterly brush strokes. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Hannah Höch and John Stezake, her aesthetic is decidedly modern and her cards are a playful take on traditional festival symbols and salutations.
“I wanted to create something that would make people smile, feel festive, while still approaching it like I would any illustration or piece of art.”