The Wallace Series is a collection of handcrafted screen prints inspired by the travels and theories of naturalist-explorer Alfred Russel Wallace that celebrates one of the most vibrant and biodiverse regions of the planet. Each animal was chosen to highlight the rich biodiversity in the Malay archipelago, and tragically, as Wallace predicted, all of these animals now face extinction.
The print series includes the Bornean orangutan, Sunda pangolin, Forsten’s tortoise, Borneo pygmy elephant, sun bear, and yellow-crested cockatoo. The project aims to raise awareness of these endangered animals and support the people on the ground working to conserve them. 20% of profits from each print goes directly to a charity or organisation working to protect these species.
For each animal, there is a limited edition run of 40 prints. Each multi-layer screen print is finished with a phosphorescent layer of the animal’s skeleton that illuminates under UV light, showing all that will remain if the species falls into the darkness of extinction.
In 1854, British naturalist-explorer Alfred Russel Wallace headed to the Malay Archipelago, where he explored remote jungles, discovered thousands of new species, and uncovered theories that challenged conventional thinking of the time. Through years of study and observation, this meticulous and dedicated naturalist independently conceived of ‘the theory of evolution by natural selection’ alongside Charles Darwin and helped to change the course of science forever.
To understand more about Wallace’s story and why he inspired this project please check out The Wallace Series booklet, a 64 page booklet that talks about Wallace, the Malay Archipelago, the collaboration, and the animals, that accompanies each print, or head to: www.undertheskin.co.uk/wallace.
Shortly after Ed and James launched Under the Skin of Endangered Animals in 2015, Another Escape approached them with the idea of creating a print series together. At the time, Another Escape was working on The Natural World Volume, within which they created a feature-length article on Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace and his travels in the Malay Archipelago, as well as a dedicated travel section on Borneo and the luscious rainforests found there.
Having experienced Borneo’s ancient forests and their remarkable wildlife firsthand, Another Escape felt strongly compelled to highlight them in a meaningful way. This collaboration with Under the Skin offered a fantastic opportunity to do this – by celebrating this incredible part of the world and supporting those on the ground working to protect endangered species.
The collaboration brings together Under the Skin’s craftsmanship with Another Escape’s passion for storytelling, and their joint desire to help conserve the planet’s endangered species.
Together, Another Escape and Under the Skin selected these charities to dedicate to:
Bornean orangutan: Borneo Orangutan Survival(BOS) Foundation, an Indonesian non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of the Bornean orangutan and its habitat.
Sunda pangolin: Save Vietnam’s Wildlife(SVW), a national Non-Profit Organisation who commits to protecting and increasing populations of threatened wildlife in Vietnam by rescuing threatened animals, protecting entire populations and ensuring secured habitats.
Forsten’s tortoise: Turtle Survival Alliance(TSA), an action-oriented global partnership that is committed to zero turtle extinctions in the 21st century.
Borneo pygmy elephant: World Wildlife Fund (WWF). In 1999, WWF launched the Asian Rhino and Elephant Action Strategy (AREAS) which strives to ensure that wild breeding populations of the Asian elephant on the island of Borneo are protected.
Sun bear: Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC); the only sun bear conservation centre in the world.
Yellow-crested cockatoo: The World Parrot Trust, an international leader in science-based, results-oriented parrot conservation and welfare efforts. The World Parrot Trust has brought together global wildlife conservation and welfare specialists to direct and put into action effective programs to protect parrots.
Proudly sponsored by Fedrigoni
It was important to both Another Escape and Under the Skin that the prints and their production be creating inline with the values of the series. For this reason, we approached Fedrigoni, one Europe’s leading paper manufacturers, who are committed to their sustainability efforts.
The Wallace Series is printed on Fedrigoni’s Freelife high quality, recycled paper and is part of Fedrigoni’s Carbon Balanced Paper project, a partnership with international conservation charity The World Land Trust that offsets carbon through the purchase and preservation of ecologically important forest. The protection of forests locks carbon and allows the continued absorption of carbon from the atmosphere, and saves threatened habitats and their many species.
You can be a part of the protection of these animals by purchasing one of the limited edition prints on the Under the Skin website.