“Who ARE You?”
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly,
“I–I hardly know, sir, just at present– at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
What is it about Alice in Wonderland that delights adults as well as children since the book was created? As Alice says, “Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrariwise, what it is, it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” It’s the nonsensical being quite sensible. Rabbits with watches, a mad hatter who drinks tea, potions that make you a giant, potions that make you quite small, the queen of hearts, grinning cats, and more fantasies. Growing up can be a departure from having an open mind believing in all kinds of possibilities. For me, it’s like when people tell me it’s nonsense and would never work on furniture. This is the way to do it correctly. This is how it’s been done for 40 years. You cannot mix this with that. You shouldn’t paint with those colors nobody would buy it for their home. But you see, I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum. I do not want to see how others do it. I want to figure out how I would do it. Does it mean I always succeed, no but I find something new?
It took me some time to complete this jewelry armoire as I didn’t want to leave any detail out. My interpretation of Alice is more feminine. I included as much of the symbolic characters and objects as the space allowed. Stripes and harlequins were a must design-wise. Hokus Pokus‘s eclectic range of transfers inspired me to create this theme because I saw so many elements of Alice in Wonderland. The dodo birds in the Exotic Birds transfer, the mushrooms in the Magic Mushroom transfer, Alice in the 1987 transfer, and the background with the Marvelous Gardens transfer. I embellished it with more detail using WoodUbend Mouldings. I handpainted the rest. The interior has CeCe restyle’s love letter decoupage paper. It was fun creating this piece. I enjoyed watching Alice with my daughter. It brought back many childhood memories.