Rachel Lillie Illustrations of John Jones framing studios

Rachel Lillie Illustrations of John Jones framing studios

Rachel Lillie: Illustrations of John Jones framing

Rachel Lillie, House of Illustration’s first Illustrator-in-Residence, held an exhibition Odyssey, The Impossibility of the Journey in November 2014 that was a culmination of drawings from her 6 months residency, which explored the ideas of journeys, both literal of the House of Illustrations move into their new Kings Cross premises, and metaphorical. During this time, John Jones were pleased to provide the framing for House of Illustration's inaugural exhibition Quentin Blake: Inside Stories. As part of Lillie's residency we were delighted to have Rachel visit the John Jones at The Arts Building to document the framing processes in our workshops. This lively illustration shows our framing technicians at work in the frame fitting studio.

Rachel’s concluding work was a two month installation at House of Illustration entitled Odyssey: The Impossibility of the Journey. She used her research material to create objects, single-frame narratives and poetry to tell the fictional story of an intrepid explorer.

Rachel says of her residency:

It was a real luxury for me to have six whole months to dedicate to making work and researching. It's not often that as illustrators you get the opportunity to do work on your own terms, or the time to explore and develop freely. To develop your work and exhibit it in such a space and on behalf of such great organisation is an incredible opportunity.

The biggest accomplishment and benefit for me has been that I have much more confidence in myself and belief in what I can do and what I want to do. After education, I feared I was losing the ability to do work on my own terms, not having time/money or the reason/application to do the sort of projects that I've always thrived on. The residency gave me a reason to make work that was meaningful and that had a purpose.

I'm happy that I've made a body of work that challenged peoples and my own perception of Illustration.


Read our case study about framing Quentin Blake: Inside Stories

Read more about Rachel Lillie at House of Illustration here.

For more information about Rachel Lillie and her residency visit her blog.

Image: (c) John Jones by Rachel Lillie