"Hello. I love your work. Your images are enchanting and graceful. I have been looking for a skill-developing activity book for my baby daughter but I can't find one that is beautiful enough. Would you be interested in doing a commission? I am willing to pay a fair price for your labour.
I have some ideas, which we could discuss in detail if you're agreeable to a commission. The book would need to focus on skills such as tieing shoelaces, zipping, buttoning, buckling, matching colours, identifying textures, etc. I want it to have an edgy Alice in Wonderland feel to it. (Alice in Wonderland filtered through Tim Burton) I'm open to the use of novel materials and textures.
Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.
Hmmm....let's think about this a moment...
it would need to have an 'Alice',
and a 'Mad Hatter'
And you can't have a Wonderland
without the forever grinning 'Cheshire Cat'.
(Our minds were racing with possibilities)
Hmmm...this could actually be do-able...
We could include a
Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee
and well, the White Rabbit was a must have!
The creative wheels were turning,
but how to turn these characters
fabric and interact-able??
Hmmm... Google was scoured for inspiration,
'Alice' could have a bow!!!
he has lots of teeth...
The Mad Hatter has
very fuzzy messy bright hair!
This was really coming together now!!
the Card Man...
the Tea Party...
were ferociously turning now...
Many nights were spent
unable to sleep
images running through my mind.
I must get this book
out of my head and on paper
or I will go crazy!!!
Some sketches were drawn.
Lots of trips to every conceivable
craft and fabric shop
were taken, for inspiration
...more sketches were drawn...
and eventually the prototype pages were born.
The lovely Alice
Cheshire Cat's big 'Grin'
....well, sort of...did you know it is impossible to
make a zip CURVE?
(just something to note when trying to make a grinning mouth out of a large toothed zipper)
One of those poor harried CARD MEN
hurriedly painting the WHITE roses RED
Looking back now...
I REALLY SHOULD have thought of a BETTER WAY other than BLANKET stitch, to sew this little Tea Party....
took SOOOOO LONG!!!!
The quintessential Mad Hatter.
Now....One of my FAVOURITE things from Tim Burton's
'Alice in Wonderland' was the
GORGEOUS SCENERY ...
hmmm.....nice WROUGHT IRON GATES
.....and GIGANTIC mushrooms....
and of course those beautiful flowers!
Don't even THINK about asking me HOW I did these gates..."I'll never tell" :-)
Look at those lovely TOPIARY....huh....a FLAMINGO!
I would HAVE to do something with THAT!
I found this fantastic image of the Caterpillar, which was PERFECT as I didn't want to depict the Caterpillar with the smoke pipe that he can usually be found with.
Of Course a project of this magnitude cannot be attempted without the support of family and biggest fans (and helpers)
My little Ellie and Mum helping out with the making of the Flower People....
Just when I thought it was finished....sold....and complete....
Another order for two! For 2yr old TWINS!
(a girl and a boy)
8 pages each, with the 'GIRL' pages in one book and the 'BOY' pages in the other....