Oh, what fun I have had creating this collage! It has been a while since I’ve experimented with my various pieces of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice’s Adventures Through the Looking Glass ephemera and it’s been inspiring, satisfying and extremely therapeutic. A life in chaos, as mine is now, lends itself to thoughts of childhood in which Lewis Carroll’s books and verses played an invaluable part in making me feel safe. Perhaps that’s ironic considering her topsy-turvy experiences.

A background from Kerstin Frank, whose textures are works of art in themselves, was an exquisite starting point. The Alician elements are taken from a set of Carreras cigarette cards, which I bought some years ago at an antiques fair in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and have treasured ever since. Overlaying the background is a facsimile page from one of my 19th century copies of the Alice books (I can’t lay my hands on them at the moment to check the publication date), which shows Carroll’s original, handwritten first page of his story, which was then titled Alice’s Adventures Underground.  My great-grandmother started a tale in old age in which she wrote her own version called Alice’s Adventures on The Underground! It is an intriguing premise and I’ve often thought I should carry on with the idea.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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