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!

Lewis Carroll As Victorian Art Director

Carroll Raven Writing DeskOne of our mimsy minions has shared a link to an interesting blog post that discusses the concept of Lewis Carroll as an Art Director–after all, he certainly oversaw all aspects of the publishing of the two Alice books.  The post also provides links to three related Pinterest boards.

To read all about it, click me.

Interactive Installation “Alice in Berlin” Comes to Brooklyn and Chicago

One of our mimsy minions just forwarded us this information about the “interactive installation” Alice in Berlin, which is now coming to Brooklyn, NY this week from 9/27-29, and then to Chicago on October 19-20th.  To read more about this project, click me.

New Carroll-inspired Group Art Show in Chicago

We have just received this notice of a new multimedia art exhibit that will run in Chicago through November 5th (the Opening Reception is free):

“”The Mad Hatter’s Tea party” is a Multi-media wacky, whimsical group art show including mixed media sculpture, soft sculpture, 3-D photography, paintings inspired by Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and other classical story-books. Much of the artwork displayed consists of allegories and reinterpretation of traditional rich text, yet trying to be faithful to the narrative and its surreal context.

A few party related events during the show period:

Opening Reception: September 14. Costumes recommended.  6 -9 pm
Collectors night: September 16 by appointment, 847-224-9344   or: ayalaleyser@gmail.com
Mime/movement with Masks performance with Marianna Buchwald: TBA
“Alice” or “Dancing with Alice”: an interactive film, and Q & A with producer Ruth Sergel: October 19 -20. Time TBA.

Artists & Performers: If you would like to participate in this show, you can submit by visiting: http://www.outoflineartstudio.com/ under ‘contact’, or by clicking this link: http://www.outoflineartstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Call-for-Art.doc

Also: During the show period (until November 5) I plan to hold a few events. If any book fan would be interested in participating in a salon- discussion or in any of the events listed in the attachment, they are welcome to contact me via email: ayalaleyser@gmail.com
or by phone: 847-224-9344.

Cheers!

Ayala Leyser
Out of Line Art Gallery
2812 W. Chicago ave, Chicago IL
www.outoflineartstudio.com
847-224-9344″