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Collage comprising a Carreras Cigarette Card from the 1930s with the facsimile of a page from Lewis Carrolls’ original manuscript published in an 1890s edition of Alice in Wonderland. The title font is from that same edition.

Source: Alice and the Flamingo

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


Please do check out my friend Ana-Luisa’s delightful handmade concoctions for Christmas at running hare art & design. She and I have known each for many years and worked together on a musical adaptation of Alice Through the Looking Glass, she as The White Queen and me as The Red Queen. It was excellent casting all round!
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Source: Ana-Luisa de Cavilla Scrutton Maker/Artist – Room and Christmas Decorations

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah


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


The Lion and the Unicorn Cards
The Lion and the Unicorn Cards by FirstNightDesign
 

This beautiful illustration of the lion and the unicorn as in Lewis Carroll‘s Alice Through the Looking Glass is not, I have to confess, my work.   I have to thank Mr FND for the use thereof!  It is now available on my Zazzle store as a greeting card (above) and a postcard (below), with more products to come.  Coming soon will be t-shirts featuring the illustration—perfect Christmas and other holiday presents for your kids.

Each includes one verse from Carroll’s ditty of The Lion and the Unicorn:

The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown:
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.

The Lion and the Unicorn
The Lion and the Unicorn by FirstNightDesign
 

Take care and keep laughing!  And I hope those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a sublime time on Thursday.

Sarah

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