Map for Alice in Wonderland

A ‘Map for Alice In Wonderland’ is a first commission I’ve ever done, and probably a first drawing where I didn’t haven’t the faintest idea on what it would look like in the end. A very art-supportive friend of mine asked me to make something for her, literal description being “anything really, in your style, just without humans”.

It took me a ridiculously long amount of time to get over the fear of actually beginning the work, then another almost-year to do it. I guess it goes to show that bravery is a far more important quality in art than creativity (at least in my case).

I knew that she loves everything to do with Alice’s adventures by Lewis Carroll, maps and travelling. So, I thought it would be fun to create an alternative map to Alice’s wonderland. Not exactly the way it is in the book, more like a fantasy take on it. I love antique maps and books, so the paper was ‘aged’ a bit with tea and coffee. The most interesting part of work was trying to combine the realistic style of drawings with the 3-D decorative patterns of Zentagle doodles. That way some parts of the map looked flat, some protruded or went in like counter relief.  I also wanted to make something that she could look at and discover hidden bits and pieces (like a disguised Cheshire cat smile) or trace different paths in the maze – something interactive.

Maps are beautiful to look at but their first purpose was to be traced by some adventurer’s finger in eager anticipation of exciting future journeys. I think our minds are a bit like that as well, full of memories and wishes and dreams, and we constantly trace the paths back from the past and into the future. Now I’m going to have to make a couple of prints from it, frame it and say goodbye to it. A bit sad but it also means I can start working on something new and see where that journey takes me.

Map for Alice in Wonderland

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Map for Alice in Wonderland



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