Saturday, February 27, 2010

Go Ask Alice.....

I LOVE Alice. Always have, always will.

I love that sneaky kitty of hers too.

So I made one. Actually, the Cheshire Cat was made a couple of years ago for an IOLCC Dimensions In Dollmaking show. He was made to taunt my adult Alice Liddell that her youth was far behind her, could never get those Wonderland days back, and the clock keeps ticking.
But I ravaged that Alice and remade her into poor recluse Emily Dickinson, and poor Cheshire Cat was stuffed into a drawer. I couldn't bear to toss him. Thank you Johnny Depp, for giving me an idea with which to revive poor Chessy and give him a new victim to taunt.

So, here's my new Alice, young, clueless and completely innappropriately attired for crawling down rabbit holes. Her mother will have her head for dirtying that dress.

And the sneaky Cheshire Cat is enjoying every moment of imagining Alice choosing the switch off the tree which will remind her that young ladies do NOT soil their expensive dresses whilst canoodling with unsavory characters who drink "tea" and smoke hookahs. And hang out with little girls taking lots and lots and LOTS of photos of them.
Poor Mr. Dodgson. So very misunderstood I suppose. We may never really know why he hung out with little kids, or what he was smoking, besides a pipe. But he did leave a fabulous story, and an intriguing mystery...why DID Mrs. Liddell suddenly forbid contact between her children, specifically Alice, and Charles Dodgson? And why did he publish the stories he invented for Alice under 'Lewis Carroll'? Perhaps to distance his book from any rumors possibly circulating regarding the sudden cutoff between he and the Liddells? The only way to find out is to go ask Alice, for I should think she knows.
More information regarding my Alice and Cheshire Cat are available on ebay:


  1. What is it about Alice in Wonderland? What is the allure? There are many fairy tales out there but I'm like everyone else, intrigued with the characters and the story. Ask me why and I really can't say. You have definitely captured Alice. She is WONDERFUL!!! I can picture her going down the rabbit hole. Boy I wouldn't want to see her lovely outfit soiled. And the Cheshire Cat is priceless. I can't wait to see the movie. Yeah Johnny Depp!
    Fantastic masterpiece.


  2. She is Beautiful! We are all in an Alice tisy and I am loving it! Can't wait to see the movie.

  3. LOVE her - and the Cheshire cat (so glad that he has been rescued from the drawer).


  4. Hi Robin,
    She IS BEAUTIFUL!!!! I just love this lady and her CAT!!!

  5. I love Alice, but her Cat is WONDERFUL! Well done!

  6. They are both wonderful! I love your interpretation of them.

  7. OMG Robin I'm speechless!! She is the prettiest doll ever !

  8. Your Cheshire Cat is very characterful! And your Alice is lovely! And I loved your observations about hanging out with dodgy characters and dirty frocks! I never could fingure (as a child) how Alice's dress stayed BLUE in all the illustrations through out the book? If it was me it would have been grey, green slimy (think of the grass she slid on), wet like a dishcloth- that pool of tears? and probably torn too- all those rose bushes!

  9. Robin, Your Alice is wonderful! And I can say enough about The Cheshire Cat.
    I love your endearing comments as well, makes me want to go back and revisit Alice. Great job!

  10. Robin!!
    You should have taken the Alice doll to Stampington.....she and her kitty would have made the current Spring cover, I just know it.
    I wish I would have remembered that you had made her :-(
    XO Deb