If you aren’t already aware of the Unemployed Philosophers Guild, it’s a cheeky little company with a decidedly literary sense of humor in their offbeat product catalog. They have a whole page dedicated to Carrollian treats, the latest of which is Wonderland Sticky Notes. One of our mimsy minions just received a package of these as a gift from a knowing student. Other items for sale include finger puppets, and the ever-popular Disappearing Cheshire Cat Mug. If you’re curious–or perhaps curiouser–you can check out the Guild’s Wonderland offerings here.
Now of course, any Alice fan worth his or her salt knows that finding an oddball caterpillar in Wonderland is par for the course. But the Huffington Post has a photo of a real caterpillar that not even John Tenniel could have dreamed up.
Apparently, as it grows, it stacks its old, outgrown heads on its current head as a kind of weird hat. No one is quite sure why. Protection? Mating? Warning? Fashion? We’re quite confident that Lewis Carroll would have been delighted, whatever the reason.
To see this unusual and remarkably curious creature, click the illustration or click here.
Here’s something you don’t see every day. In fact, you’ve never seen one of these before–and may never see one again! A new LCSNA member by the highly appropriate name of Ray Carpenter has created a one-of a kind scrimshaw artwork depicting the Walrus and the Carpenter–and also Lewis Carroll. You can check out images of the artwork on his Etsy page. It is not inexpensive, but presumably a collector of fine art will recognize the massive number of hours that have gone into the work’s creation. We always love to see how Lewis Carroll’s works inspire artists around the world!
Artist Sue Shanahan has added a new Alice-themed post to her child-centric blog, commonplacegrace.com. In it, Sue ponders what might have led Lewis Carroll to pen the Alice books, and also shares an image of a charming Alice paper doll that she created a few years ago as a gift for the attendees at a United Federation of Doll Clubs convention. She also includes a photo of the her niece, who modeled for the image.
You can read the post on Sue’s site, or find it in the Huffington Post’s Arts and Culture section.
Sue is also selling signed prints of the paper doll image for a modest price on her Etsy site. And if there’s a paper doll art collector among you, the original one-of-a-kind artwork is currently still available for sale directly from Ms. Shanahan for US $22.00.
Looking for a new set of wheels? Or a nifty one-of-a-kind piece of Alice art sculpture? Or maybe both? Have a look at these images of artist Valerie Young’s new work. You can click each image to see a larger version. This information was sent along with the pictures:
“Artist Valerie Young writes, “When I first saw the pair of plaster feet sitting on a box at our local flea market I knew immediately that I had found Alice. But what to do with “her” next? I had just finished reading Harrod Blank’s “Wild Cars” so I thought to myself maybe Alice would like a car. As you can see, I still think of Alice as a delightful childhood friend. An old rusted pedal car was next followed by two plastic pink flamingos and the Alice car was off and running–so to speak. Gathering or creating all the iconic items was great fun and soon it became, officially, “Alice, You Can Drive My Car” (apologies to the Beatles).
Valerie Young is a found-object sculptor whose work was recently part of the “Alice: Into the Looking Glass” exhibit at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ. Her work has also been shown at the Gallery at Chapin in Lawrence, NJ; the Frank J. Miele Gallery in New York; the Outsider Art Fair in New York; the Bernstein Gallery of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and Riverrun Gallery in Lambertville, NJ. She was also included in the shows: “Vision and Voice: Folk Art by Woman of the 20th Century” at the Chubb Atrium Gallery, and “Seven New Jersey Sculptors” at the Art Gallery of The College of New Jersey.
To learn more, you can contact Valerie at email@example.com
“Email is the best way to contact me but phone is fine too: 609.466.2394.””
Given that we’re approaching the first day of summer, you may not be thinking about ways to keep warm. But if you have a looking-glass mindset and you’re in need of a new blanket, here’s one that might appeal to the Carrollian in you: it features Alice and the Cheshire Cat, and my favorite, famous quote about getting somewhere. Click the image to learn more.
If shopping for Carrollian goodies is your “bag,” then you might want to check out Baba Studio’s web site, if you haven’t already done so. They have quite a selection of Alice-themed bags. To see the results of a search for “Wonderland” on their site, click me.
Baba Studio is also hard at work on a gorgeous-looking new Alice Tarot, for those of you who enjoy prognosticating with the help of a Tarot Deck, or for those of you who simply enjoy collecting unusual Alice items with nifty artwork. You can follow the progress of the deck’s creation on this Facebook page.
I think it’s safe to say that the Alice books will never go “out of print” regardless of what form “print” takes in the future. There is, however, a nifty online store called outofprintclothing.com that has a mission of creating literary-themed clothing and other objects. And, of course, Alice rates her own page with a half dozen items!
As fate would have it, I happened to see one of the tote bags in person this week on someone’s arm here in trend-setting NYC, and it looked quite spiffy and substantial. Plus the tote itself is made in Brooklyn, which adds to the cool factor.
To browse and shop, click here.
Korean artist Cheong-ah Hwang has created this stunning Alice image using a technique of layering paper to create a 3D effect. To see other (non-Carollian) images she has created, click here. Wouldn’t it be great to see a whole edition of the Alice books illustrated by this talented, self-taught artist?
Here she shares photos of creating it!
You can also buy a giclee print of this image in two sizes on Etsy.
Tyler “LEGOhaulic” Clites grew up watching the Disney Alice in Wonderland film and loved its absurdity. It inspired him as he grew older to read the books, which sparked the idea of re-creating these worlds in miniature. When asked where he feels his work draws most from, Clites cites both Disney and Tenniel, whose versions he combines in whimsical ways that fans of either–or both–can spot. Clites has completed four Alice-themed projects so far: the Mad Tea Party, the croquet game, the hall with the glass table, and the caterpillar. Each has an extraordinary attention to detail, as well as a palpable sense of play and enjoyment. The projects are all made with off-the-shelf LEGO pieces and parts, though some date back many years, culled from his personal collection. You can see his work here.