150 years of Wonderland – and how you can help preserve it for another 150 years!
Today marks the official launch of the There’s Only Alice project books.
This double-publication is a gorgeous new version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass in one volume, with each chapter lavishly illustrated by a different artist from across the globe, and I had the honour of my Cheshire Cat illustration being voted as the front cover of the volume!
This project is the work of talented artist, writer and photographer Sarah Grant who has compiled, formatted and generally orchestrated the whole thing. All profits from the sale of the book will be going to the British Library’s Conservation Fund to help them to preserve rare books for future generations.
You can now buy copies of the There’s Only Alice books online, with a choice between full text paperback, art paperback and PDF e-books of each.
The big, beautiful full-text version of Alice’s Adventures and Through the Looking Glass features 246 pages of the complete text of both books interspersed with all the lush full-colour illustrations from each artist, plus some fun tutorials for Wonderland-themed crafts.
Art from Wonderland is a 60 page full-colour paperback featuring large illustrations plus accompanying quotes.
The e-books are identical to each version (full and art) and have been provided as PDF files meant to be viewed on a computer screen – sorry Kindle users, but to get the best from this book you need to get the effect of each image in glorious colour!
I can’t really describe how beautiful these books are without sounding rather biased – but they really are something special and I’m thrilled to have my work displayed alongside such incredible artistic talent. The mediums used range from ink illustration, to painting both traditional and modern, both real-media and digital, photography both analogue and digital, drawing, knitting, sculpture and even cake! The artists hail from the UK, across Europe, Canada, America and Australia. The whole project is a real credit to Sarah (who managed to keep right on schedule despite day to day life getting in the way as it tends to do!)
I’ll be with Sarah and other fellow artists this weekend in Oxford for the 150th Anniversary of Wonderland celebrations, to join in the fun and tell people about the book, so if you’re in the area then look out for us, say hello and score some freebies! I hear that we’ll be in costume as well, so I promise to post some photos on here when I get back!