Amazing Photograph Evokes The Rabbit Hole

My acrophobia notwithstanding, this is a very cool photograph, well deserving of its win in the Clique Challenge in Sydney.  Read the full story.

The winner: Buildings and Monuments Challenge, Rodney Campbell, Queen Victoria Building titled Down the Rabbit Hole. Photo: Rodney Campbell

New Interactive Wonderland eBook by Emmanuel Paletz

I’ve just learned about a new interactive eBook app version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  This one comes from award-winning designer Emmanuel Paletz.  This version draw images from Flemish and Dutch Renaissance paintings to give the eBook a uniquely textured and “classical” look.  It’s like a mash-up of Lewis Carroll and an elegant art history class.  Add a lot of nifty-looking interactions, and you have a creation that should be entertaining for children and adults alike.

To read all about the app, click me.  The app’s website itself is visually delightful, and well worth a look.  Mr. Paletz talks about Lewis Carroll’s appreciation of art, and how images like Quentin Matsys’s famous painting “The Ugly Duchess,” referenced by Tenniel in his illustration. became a touchstone for his whole project.  The entire eBook took Paletz about four years to create– a labor of love.  His Q&A section also talks about subtle political/social commentary that he has added here and there, as well–but nothing too overt to spoil the fun of Carroll’s story.  And that’s a good thing, because as the author himself was quick to point out, in this book he wanted to entertain, not moralize.

The iPad app costs $4.99 and is available now on  iTunes.  An Andoid tablet version (also $4.99)  and versions for iPhone and Android smartphones ($2.99)  will be available in the near future.

Here’s a promotional video for the eBook.  (If it doesn’t appear below, try reloading this page in your web browser.)

An Elegant (and Carrollian) Symbolist

Gail Potocki Fragmented AliceHere’s another item from one of our mimsiest minions:

“Twenty-first-century Symbolist” Gail Potocki’s exhibition of her Carrollian paintings, Fragmented Alice, took place at the Century Guild Gallery in Los Angeles last fall. You can read an interview about it here or buy the associated perfumes here. Some of these paintings are also in the catalog Century Guild Book One, available here.

Announcing the LCSNA Call for “Alice150″ Logo Designs

The AlicesDear LCSNA members (and members-to-be!),

Our upcoming Alice150 celebration in 2015 needs a great Logo. And we need it fast.
Whether or not you’re a professional artist, we encourage you to try your hand at designing a Logo.

Logo Criteria:

1. Must include Alice150 (as one word) in a decorative and exciting but still clear piece of word art.
2. Must include a Tenniel or Tennielesque depiction of Alice.  Other character(s) are optional.  Please make sure to include only Tenniel or other copyright-free or original artwork.
3. Should use bold colors (but not the proprietary Disney Alice palette), and also be suitable for use in black & white.
4. Simplicity is desirable.  The logo we select will be adopted and modified for myriad purposes by the Alice150 planners, so it should be an image that will look good in different sizes, from a return address label to the center of a T-shirt (scalable).

Submissions must be received by midnight Pacific Daylight Time March 31st, 2014.

We will accept up to three logo designs per member.

Mail your submissions as an email attachment to the following four addresses:
joel@thebirenbaums.net
wrabbit@idiom.com
andrewsellon@verizon.net
uffish@earthlink.net

Please submit your image as an email attachment in either PDF format (preferred), or in an MSWord document, and make sure that the email size is no larger than 5 megabytes.

All submissions become the property of the LCSNA, which will enjoy unlimited use of the image in all media.  All entrants will have our undying thanks.  The creator of the selected logo will be announced on the LCSNA website blog, and will receive a free one-year membership in the LCSNA, or a one-year extension of their existing membership.

And that’s all there is to it. Get creative, and good luck!

Joel Birenbaum and the Alice150 Committee

P.S. If you’d like to get involved in planning Alice150, contact Joel at: joel@thebirenbaums.net

New UK Art Exhibit Portrays “The Curious Invention of Lewis Carroll”

Our thanks to Mark Richards for news of this new art exhibit in Warrington, England.  Local area artist Frances Broomfield has created a series of fanciful paintings that reimagine some familiar Carrollian characters, along with other flights of fancy.  In addition, Broomfield commemorates and in some measure recreates an exhibit that the young Mr. Dodgson himself actually saw there in 1840. The exhibit is free and runs through May 31st.

For more information on this exhibit, click me.

And in case you can’t make it to the UK, you can watch a related video featuring some of the artworks right here (if the video doesn’t display, try reloading this page in your browser):

Final Day of David Delamare Kickstarter Campaign for Deluxe Alice Book

As noted in a previous blog post, artist David Delamare is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of his private, deluxe edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  We received the following note to remind us that today is the LAST chance to support his campaign and take advantage of supporter perks. While you can show your support at a number of levels, for a $60 pledge you can still secure a standard deluxe copy of this book chock full of David’s amazing illustrations, and have it signed by him, as well.  And now they have added more incentives for book purchasers:

“The Kickstarter campaign to create a deluxe “Alice in Wonderland” book, illustrated by David Delamare is ending Sunday at midnight Pacific Standard Time.  There are only a few hours left in which to take advantage of the many stretch rewards that will only be available to campaign backers.

Each book package pre-ordered during the campaign will now include (at no extra charge) four 9″x12″ artist-signed posters plus four new Carroll-inspired greeting cards and, if we reach 800 backers we’ll add a fifth poster.  Finally, if we reach $75,000 in pledges, we’ll add a slip case to every book.

These will be gorgeous, clothbound, Smythsewn, artist-signed, heavily illustrated books with ribbon bookmarks.  They will dramatically enhance any Alice collection.  Backers (even at the one dollar level) will have access to the entire book creation process as well as first look at original artwork releases.  Sign up today at <http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1954507197/alice-in-wonderland-book-illustrated-by-david-dela>.

If you’re already a campaign backer, please share this link so that we can reach those final goals!  Thanks so much for your support!  —Wendy Ice (Publisher) & David Delamare (Illustrator)”

Delamare Kickstarter

Pinterest Page Displays Vintage Alice in Wonderland Book Covers

Dutch Wonderland Edition ArtIf you would enjoy seeing an online collection of vintage book covers for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from all over the world, then you’ll enjoy this Pinterest page spotted by one of our mimsy minions.  The page owner already has a nice start on an enjoyable collection of images.

To see the Wonderland book cover images on Pinterest, click me. 

David Delamare Alice Book Kickstarter Campaign

If you are a fan of Lewis Carroll and reader of this blog, then you have probably seen our prior posts about artist David Delamare.  He has been working on paintings and illustrations for his own edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for five years now.  One of our mimsy minions has just alerted us that Mr. Delamare has a Kickstarter campaign going on only for a few more weeks.  If he reaches his goal, he will be publishing a private, limited edition deluxe version of his book before creating a trade edition.

So, if you are a fan of Alice, you might want to check out the rewards remaining for pledging your support for Mr. Delamare’s limited edition.  If you’re also a fan of monkeys, crocodiles, and chinoiserie, then you really should check out his campaign.  If he does not reach his fundraising goal by 3am on January 6th, 2014, the deluxe edition will not be created.

To visit the Kickstarter campaign, click me.

Exploring the Influence of Lewis Carroll’s Trip to Russia on His Photography

Art History November 2013One of our mimsy minions has alerted us that a recent issue of Art History journal includes an article entitled ”Shopping in St Petersburg: Lewis Carroll’s Photographs and Icons”  Here’s a brief excerpt, courtesy of our minion:

“While critics have paid scant attention to Carroll’s Russian visit, maintaining it had little impact upon him since he never again travelled abroad, the rich visual experience of religious icon and secular photographic ‘type’ meant that after 1867, in revisiting Chinese and other costume photographs, Carroll contrived scenarios both formally and conceptually different from that realized in Lorina and Alice Liddell of 1860. Most noticeably he combined the distinctive material forms and metaphysical resonances of ‘photograph’ and ‘icon’ in his increasing preference for photographing individual female children dressed in ethnic costume posed in interiors devoid of the decorative trappings of nineteenth-century portrait studios.”

Issues of the journal are hosted by the Wiley Online Library.  If you do not have access to the site through the institution for which you work, they also offer an option of renting access to the article for 24 hours.

The article appears in Volume 36, Issue 5, pages 968–993, November 2013.  To learn more, click me.

Reminder: Exclusive Discount on Litographs Site Ends November 30th!

Litographs Alice Design 2THIS IS A REPOST TO REMIND YOU HOLIDAY SHOPPERS (AND ALL-YEAR LITERATURE LOVERS) THAT OUR EXCLUSIVE 15% DISCOUNT FOR THE LITOGRAPHS SITE ENDS THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH!  THE SITE FEATURES GREAT GIFTS INSPIRED BY MANY DIFFERENT GREAT WORKS OF LITERATURE, NOT JUST THE ALICE BOOKS.  BE SURE TO USE OUR “CARROLLBLOG” DISCOUNT AT CHECKOUT.  AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL!

Attention all Mimsy Minions and especially literary art lovers!  To help celebrate the release of their second gorgeous “Alice” image, the good folks at Litographs.com have graciously extended to you, our Blog readers, an exclusive offer of 15% off your purchases at their site for the month of November.  This discount actually applies to all their merchandise for November only, and will not be made available in our magazine or anywhere else (which is pretty much the definition of exclusive, after all).  Right now, they are also offering free US domestic shipping on orders of $48 or more.

If you’re not already familiar with Litographs, they create wonderful literary-themed images composed of the texts of famous books.  If you visit their site, and view either of the Alice images full size, you’ll see all the words of Wonderland!  Their first Alice image (still available) is one of Alice falling down the rabbit hole.  For each image, they offer posters, tote bags, and T-shirts (be sure to read the “What to Expect” section on the T-shirts; they are hand-printed).

Litographs also shares the LCSNA’s goal of promoting literacy and enjoyment of great literature.  They partner with International Book Bank, and send a high-quality book to schools and libraries in developing countries for each product sold.  Since 2011, they have helped send over 20,000 books!  So, you’re shopping for yourself, and for a good cause.

How do you take advantage of this lovely offer from these lovely people?  Simply enter the code CARROLLBLOG at checkout anytime during the month of November, and 15% will be deducted from your product total.  It sounds like a brillig gift idea for the upcoming holiday season.

Our thanks to Corey Fein at Litographs.com for extending this delightful exclusive offer.  Remember that it is good only for the month of November!