World renowned fashion designer Paul Smith is a constant source of inspiration for Kristjana, and the pair have been working together since 2015, starting first at the Paul Smith store at Heathrow airport and going on to flagships Melrose Avenue in LA and London's Albemarle Street.
'The Explorers' Voyage'
The collaboration continued with 'The Explorers' Voyage', a fantastical and escapist exhibit that weaves together Kristjana and Smith’s shared love of maps, curiosities and adventure. The Explorers' Voyage saw Kristjana's work travel the world from one Paul Smith boutique to another; launching at the iconic Melrose Avenue store in Los Angeles - famous for its instagrammable shocking pink exterior - and culminating at Smith’s flagship, No.9 Albemarle Street store in London.
The Inspiration Behind the Exhibit
"I also explored philosophical ideas about travel using anatomical skeletons to represent the physical and emotional experience of exploring the world – from butterflies in your stomach, to head exploding jetlag" says Kristjana. "What is so exciting is that this exhibition allowed me to really play around with 3D imagery and curiosities that speak to me, so treasures from my travels are juxtaposed with custom-made frames, interactive maps, furniture and mirrors, to create a truly immersive experience."
Artwork, Objects & Curiosities
Images from a group exhibition at Paul Smith's flagship Albemarle Street, London in November 2019. This featured a range of new and one-off works from regular artists and collaborators.
'LANDSCAPES RE-IMAGINED' EXHIBITION
In this latest collaboration, 'Landscapes Re-imagined', Kristjana encapsulates both the natural and fantastical worlds with a special twin show at Albemarle Street and Paul's Westbourne House in Notting Hill. The Albemarle store will feature a series based upon Britain’s most famous landscape architect, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, who demonstrated the unexpected symbiosis between wild, organic nature and human built structure. At Westbourne House, experience the extraordinary in Kristjana’s work that channels Lewis Carroll’s most famous character. Peer into Wonderland styled clocks and fanciful trees, full of motifs from the world of Alice. Across both collections, Kristjana’s stunning bee artwork can be found buzzing around the stores, including a very special Paul Smith bee...