Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Talking Book n Antipodian Alice

Alice's Journey by Charles Blackman

The Australian artist Charles Blackman was raised in a home without books. As a child, he wasn't read to. He first heard Alice in Wonderland read on a 'talking book' when he was an adult. His wife, Barbara, was going blind and she listened to Alice in Wonderland so he listened too. His audio experience of Lewis Carroll's story led to his Alice series.

Even though I'm not a kid anymore, I love being read to. Did you know that you can get FREE mp3 and Ipod audio book downloads, including Alice in Wonderland, HERE and HERE. I know it's not the same as being read to by a loved one but I say yay for always having somebody to read to you!

Here are a few more Alice inspired art works from antipodeans.

I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth! How funny it’ll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downwards!

Print from Fee Harding of Burnt Feather

The Antipathies, I think – (she was rather glad there was no one listening, this time, as it didn’t sound at all the right word) ‘– but I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know.

Waist Cincher from the Little Orchard

Please, Ma’am, is this New Zealand or Australia?

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee from Redmag

(and she tried to curtsey as she spoke – fancy curtseying as you’re falling through the air! Do you think you could manage it!)

Literary Ladies Sculpture from Light and Shade

And what an ignorant little girl she’ll think me for asking!


Hookah Smoking Caterpillar, crocheted, 30cm high from Jellibat

No, it’ll never do to ask: perhaps I shall see it written up somewhere.

39 comments:

Sam said...

Great post! Charles Blackman - I don't see him in many blogs! As for your terrific selection of Alice themed work - I've got to say the caterpillar on the mushroom all crocheted is my favourite!

Hey Harriet said...

Awesome and super fun post! I also love being read to. I have that Magnetic Fields 'Book of Love' song in my head now... "I love it when you read to me, and yooo-ooo-ooo-oooou, you can read me anything"...You're lucky you can't hear me singin' it! ;D

Bird Bath said...

ahh, alice in wonderland...certainly a great inspiration for many. I still remember the bewildering childhood experience of watching this pantomime as new arrival to Australia! I was more than speechless.

jeannette stgermain said...

this is a great post - thank you - and the caterpillar is so cute!

Jenni said...

Lovely post, the fabric in the cincher is fantastic & as for talking books, haven't listened to one for ages but used to love them.

Judy said...

You certainly come up with brillaint posts and links - Michael my partner loves Alice - will have to tell hima bout these links - thanks
xo

boylerpf said...

There is something sooo special about having a book read to us. Could it be going back to our childhood when worries and troubles were not even a thought? Comfort food? Love that little caterpillar.

ArtSnark said...

very fun!

Splendid Little Stars said...

Thanks for an inspiring post and the links!
I love, love, love being read to. (My Mom would read me the Narnia books among others at bedtime.) I listen to books while making art, cooking, driving...Take me away to an antipodal land!

vintagepix said...

I love these Alice pieces and I love talking books! I don't listen to music in my car - I listen to audiobooks from the library while I drive. :o)

Michelle said...

I cant listen to a story, I have to read it myself....these pieces are so cute!

lyptis said...

Nice story, Great finds, have to check out the mp3's!

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AnastasiaC said...

what a great post...great finds!
i think it would be great to hear someone read to you...as adults it doesnt happen everyday...off to check out the links!

nuvonova said...

Love the Burnt Feather print.

The Alice in Wonderland movie is out in 2010, I can't wait!!!

The Stapelia Company said...

I LOVE that caterpillar! I didn't know anything crocheted could get that cute.

GreenEyedGems said...

Love the post - also loved your train comment on my blog!! Made me laugh :)

Chichiboulie said...

Alice in Wonderland is so magical and inspirational. I don't know how anyone could ever tire of it.

Emjie said...

It is astounding how many artists have been inspired by the Alice in Wonderland stories and characters. Why even Gwen Stefani took a creative leaf from the Alice books for her first solo album. Recently I bought a gorgeous version of Alice in Wonderland by Robert Sabuda, the pop up book artist.

Ilena said...

Thanks for sharing! I love Alice inspired art!

Audrey said...

I can't imagine not reading to my kids or not having books. Crazy!! It's so important.

Heidi and Seek said...

I've just started getting into audio books because they allow me to multitask!

That Fee Harding print is gorgeous.

Don said...

What a great post! Blackmans 'Alice' series was his finest.

Penny said...

Wow, I love Alice, great choices!!!

helena said...

ah some awesome awesome stuff!! I love reading your entries all the time! You find so many variety of lovely things! xxxx

Mariana Soffer said...

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http://www.textarc.org/Alice2.html

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