Monday, 22 February 2010

Fashion Forward: Alice in Wonderland

Last week or maybe the week before, a couple of people posted fabby Alice in Wonderland inspired sets for Fashion Forward. Unfortunately I can't for the life of me remember who it was (heck, as you can see, I can't even remember when!) but I loved those sets :-) And then last week I happened to be looking at Del's blog, where she had shared some pictures of some unique little works of art (aka jewellery) that she had made.

Oh.
My.
Gosh.

Del took the Alice in Wonderland theme and ran with it. She's created the most amazingly stunning pendants (from the bowls of antique spoons, which is just inspired to start with!) based on passages from the book. Each is an absolute masterpiece. Check them out at her Etsy shop, DEL-icious Designz; and here are some images and some of the text from her shop, reproduced here with her permission:

Do you know where Wonderland is? It's the place you visit in your dreams - that strange and wondrous land where nothing is as it seems. Alice learned all about Wonderland one warm golden afternoon when she fell asleep under a cool, shady tree.


This classic fairytale by Lewis Carroll in 1865 has stood the test of time - loved by children and adults alike, and has inspired my latest series of spoon pendants. These are so adorable and perfect to wear to your own Mad Hatters Tea party or to the new Tim Burton "Alice in Wonderland" film being released next year. All very unique collages of Alice inspired objects.

Shutting Up Like A Telescope


And so it was indeed, she was now only ten inches hight, and her face brightened up at the thought that she was now the right size for going through the little door into that lovely garden. First, however, she waited for a few minutes to see if she was going to shrink any further, she felt a little nervous about this. "For it might end, you know, in my going out altogether, like a candle. I wonder what I should be like then?"

Tick, Tock


As the White Rabbit rushed passed Alice he pulled out a watch from his waistcoat pocket and exclaimed "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!". Never before had alice seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat pocket or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.

A Caucus Race


"The best thing to get us dry would be a Caucus Race" said the Dodo.
"What is a Caucus race?" said Alice.
"Well the best way to explain it is to do it."
So everyone began running where they liked from wherever they liked and there was no beginning or end. After half an hour of running the Dodo called out "The race is Over! Everybody has won, and we all must have prizes."
Alice was to award the prizes but all she had in her pocket was a box of tissues and a thimble!!

Pool of Tears


"I wish I hadn't cried so much!" said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out. "I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears! That will be a queer thing, to be sure! However, everything is queer today."

The Daisy Chain


While Alice sat on the bank with nothing to do, she was considering in her own mind whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies. When suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her....and so began her Adventure

Down the Rabbit Hole


While sitting under a tree making a daisy chain Alice noticed a white rabbit run by. Nothing so remarkable in that she thought, until he pulled out a watch from his waistcoat pocket and exclaimed "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!"...then she watched as he disappeared Down The Rabbit Hole...

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat


During the Mad Tea-Party the Hatter continues...."it was at the great concert given by the Queen of Hearts, and I had to sing: Twinkle, Twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you're at! You know the song perhaps?"
"I've heard something like it," said Alice..........

Wow, or what?! I just *love* these!! I'd love to share even more, but I think that's enough pictures for one post... I'm not on commission (sadly), but I do want to encourage you to take a look at her store, because I think these are so amazing, and love the fact that each is a completely unique, one-off piece - and you can see the other pieces there :-) Oh, and they're also going to be featured in the Mad March issue of the online Alice magazine, so look out for them there too!

Also, I just Wondered if there was any chance you might land up at Shimelle's website in order to vote please? THatter'd be such a lovely thing to do! There's as mushroom as you need for your vote over there. You'd make me happy as a March Hare... And that's the whole truth! Is that all white? (Sorry to rabbit on about it...)

19 comments:

Amy said...

They are certainly amazing - such detail in a small place! Gorgeous colours too.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Those are lovely! I especially like the ones with the hare.
Rinda

DELiciousDesignz said...

Thankyou for the fabulous Feature Mel - I had such fun putting this series together as it combines my love for spoons, teapots, teaparties and Alice :0)

scrappyjacky said...

They are just stunning....what with all the Alice obsession going on in Blogland, I'm beginning to remember just how much I loved the book!!

Veri-Tea said...

I have one of Del's pendants and it is just stunning! She's so talented and the Alice range is totally awesome!

Sian said...

These are so beautiful; there is so much to look at in each photo. Alice is a fabulous source of inspiration!

K said...

OMG I LOVE THEM!!!! they are fab!! I want them all!!! Off to look at the etsy shop....

JO SOWERBY said...

stunning jewellery, but you've obviously been drinking too much Mad Hatter tea and hash brownies mrs....hahahaha,
Jo xxx

Deb said...

Oh these pieces are fabulous! I love the random little pieces used in each one -- and the photos are set up nicely too. Thanks for sharing!

Carmen said...

These are truly stunning. Makes me want to go play! Now!

sharyncarlson said...

Wow, so stunning!!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Those are so pretty!

Clair said...

Oh My! These are amazing! So delicately done. I'm sure Krystle (who posted about Alice) will love these. I'm stunned! :)

Rachel B said...

These are gorgeous Mel, I think you should work on comission!!! Lol

paperpocket said...

I loved Alice when I first saw the Disney film, I loved it when I watched Richard Hartley's version, and I loved it when I read the book. These Alice pieces are just awesome.

xoxo

Cheryl said...

wow wow wow such detail, in such a small piece of art I love them they are absalutely gorgeous I love them all x

Karen said...

These are stunning!

Chrisy said...

HOT Alice pendants here!

The Scrappy Tree said...

Oh my gosh indeed! These are amazing!