“Little Alice fell down the hole, bumped her head and bruised her soul” —Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Alice in Wonderland was written by Lewis Carroll in 1865.
A story does not endure for 155 years without capturing the imagination of generations.
There is a lot to discover in this collection and everything has meaning from the original story. Alice falls down the rabbit hole surrounded by curious objects in “Down the Rabbit Hole”. When Alice first gets to the bottom of the Rabbit Hole she grows so tall that she can’t fit through the door to Wonderland and she begins to cry. As she shrinks, her tears flood out the little door taking her and many Wonderland residents with the current in a print called “Sea of Tears”. The “Cheshire” cat looms in the night sky watching over Wonderland. Painted, spotted roses still dripping with wet paint sit on a background of oversize spots just hoping to blend in and escape the Queen’s notice. A wide stripe of vines grow out of the selvage scooping up a Mad Hatter’s tea party.
It is the story of a world turned on its head. It begs us to question everything we know, throw away our assumptions and succumb to nonsense. The loosest grip on reality wins! Wonderland captures the most essential nature of what I want my fabric to be and why I quilt… escapism. When the weight of the world is too much I turn to needle and thread. This collection focuses on some of the most memorable themes and characters from the story. Our two main characters for the collection are Alice, of course, and the Red Queen. Alice sits in a sweet wreath of daisies with her cat Dinah on her shoulder. In the background are the white rabbits poised to lead Alice down the rabbit hole. Both portrait prints are designed to easily cut down to 8 1/2 inch squares without cutting into the next portrait.