Why Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll for the summer window theme? The window is a great place to tell a story in yarn. I started thinking of vacations as a child, day dreaming, long summer days, picnics under trees, reading books and Alice in Wonderland came to mind.
“So she was considering, in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day had made her very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a white rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.”
This was the premise for Alice to begin her adventure. I enjoy the absurdity of the tale and the changes in scale. It gets the imagination working! One of my favorite scenes from the book is about which which way to go. “Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.’” You might have noticed, we took some liberties with our own signpost, making it a knit instructional instead!
On installation day we had a visit from a father and two little girls. All the ingredients for the window were in boxes ready to unpack and arrange. One of the girls was very keen to discover what the theme of the summer window was to be so we showed her one of the boxes. We asked her to guess and right away she guessed it was Alice in Wonderland. We told her we should be finished installing in four hours and four hours later she returned with her father, who said she had been asking over and over “Is it four hours yet?”
It made us smile because the overall aim with these windows is to draw the viewer into the story; into the whorl of playing cards, the crazy tea party, even the floor caught up in the storm, with the Cheshire cat floating and smiling above.
– Juliet (LBY Studio Window Designer)