“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality” – Lewis Carroll
It’s been 150 years since Lewis Carroll first imagined Alice in Wonderland, and to celebrate the British Library are hosting an exhibition in honour of the iconic tale’s birthday. The book, originally titled “Alice’s Adventures Underground” has inspired many adaptations over the last century and a half and has inspired writers and illustrators across the globe. The exhibition will display the original manuscript alongside the first illustrations created by John Tenniel.
The British Library is also hosting a pop-up Mad Hatter’s gift shop where visitors can purchase Alice In Wonderland themed gifts including homeware, clothes and jewellery. Visitors can also buy the winning products from the “Redesigning Alice” competition which were selected earlier this year. The Library challenged artists everywhere to create souvenirs to be featured in the pop-up shop and a panel of judges including experts from Etsy, The British Library and Liberty chose the winners.
Rentaro Nishimura was amongst the winners with his crown rings inspired by The Queen Of Hearts. His style combines traditional craft with digital technology and much of his work is produced using laser cutting and 3D printing.
Dina Malkova, a designer, writer and successful business woman, was also selected for her Lewes Bow Ties. Each bow tie is self tying and crafted from vintage fabric. Dina’s designs were inspired by the original illustrations on the cover of Alice’s Adventures Underground.
Emily Winter, founder of the Pobble & Ping pencil company, created pencils decorated with well known quotes from the original manuscript. Her vision is to bring back the pencil and inspire people to start writing again. If you would like to take a trip down the rabbit hole the pop-up shop is open from now until 31st January 2016, and the exhibition will be open from the 20th of November until the 17th of April 2016.
The original manuscript version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – See more at: http://www.bl.uk/collection-items/alices-adventures-under-ground-the-original-manuscript-version-of-alices-adventures-in-wonderland