This is my second go at an Alice in Wonderland challenge. The first was several years ago while a member of Beyond the Borders, a Houston-based art quilt group (fig. 1-2). This new challenge was sponsored by the Golden Triangle Quilt Guild in Beaumont. I worked from one of John Tenniel's (1820-1914) original illustrations for Alice in Wonderland published in 1865 (fig. 3). Homage to John, I used fiber and color to create a dream world, giving the realistically depicted Alice a taste of her new simplified, whimsical and surreal environment (fig. 4).
I worked with my own painted and confetti-created fabric. Dyed cheesecloth (thanks to Fiber on a Whim) was used to flesh out leaf shapes and give ground to Alice. Commercial fabric and a bit of tulle for Alice's shadow rounded out the fiber used. Free-motion zig-zag, blanket, straight and bobbin stitching were used to add to the overall fantasy, texture and dimension. Pigmented inks were used to highlight, shade and otherwise add a little contrast to a mostly medium-value work. My landscape was deliberately created to look like Alice landed on an alien planet!
Alice Down the Hole for BtB fig. 1
Alice's Odyssey BtB Members fig. 2
Alice Meeting Cheshire Cat-fig. 3
Untitled 19" x 30" fig. 4