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12
Feb
19

Engineer Through the Looking Glass

Engineer Through the Looking Glass by Eric Laithwaite.

Published by the British Broadcasting Corporation, 1980. Illustrated by Michael Brownlow, with photographs by Neville Miles. Hardback.

Engineering is fun, argues the author and to prove it he takes us on a journey of exploration as strange and as absorbing as Alice’s adventures in the Looking Glass World.

This book is based on Laithwaite’s 1974 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, which I remember being completely amazed and fascinated by as a child: it’s these and the Carl Sagan ones that I remember- the others have faded from memory.

There are lots of Alice references: the chapters/ lectures include:

  • Looking Glass House- on symmetry
  • Tweedledum and Tweedledee- on ‘handedness’ and chirality
  • Jam Tomorrow and Jam Yesterday- on odds and evens
  • The Jabberwock- on gyroscopes, gyreing and gimbaling in the wabe.

From wiki:

In 1974, Laithwaite was invited by the Royal Institution to give a talk on a subject of his own choosing. He decided to lecture about gyroscopes, a subject in which he had only recently become interested. His interest had been aroused by an amateur inventor named Alex Jones, who contacted Laithwaite about a reactionless propulsion drive he (Jones) had invented. After seeing a demonstration of Jones’s small prototype (a small wagon with a swinging pendulum which advanced intermittently along a table top), Laithwaite became convinced that “he had seen something impossible”. In his lecture before the Royal Institution he claimed that gyroscopes weigh less when spinning, and to demonstrate this he showed that he could lift a spinning gyroscope mounted on the end of a rod easily with one hand, but could not do so when the gyroscope was not spinning. At this time, Laithwaite suggested that Newton’s laws of motion could not account for the behavior of gyroscopes, and that they could be used as a means of reactionless propulsion. The members of the Royal Institution rejected his ideas, and his lecture was not published. (This was the first and only time an invited lecture to the Royal Institution has not been published.)

Shame, really.

He was also an expert on moths, publishing The Dictionary of Butterflies and Moths in Colour along with Allan Watson.

Various books available on amazon: Eric Laithwaite books

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11
Feb
19

Jabberwock/ Which Dreamed it

Jabberwock/ Which Dreamed it by Boeing Duveen And The Beautiful Soup. Writing credit: Sam Hutt/ Lewis Carroll

Label: Parlophone ‎– R 5696

Vinyl, 7″ single, 45 RPM.

Released: 10 May 1968

Produced by Tony Visconti

Boeing Duveen and the Beautiful Soup was a 1960s British psychedelic rock band. ‘Boeing Duveen’ himself was Dr. Sam Hutt, who later became known as Hank Wangford: a country and western singer/ songwriter.

 

27
Dec
17

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Literary Tattoos

tattoosAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland Literary Tattoos by Litographs.

The company make lots of literary themed goodies with text from well loved classics

Package contains temporary tattoos in 6 designs. Christmas present from Ale and Martin (thanks!), but now I’m in a quandary as to whether use them or save them as part of the collection…

I think I like the Jabberwocky quotation one best, and good to see that they’re all actual quotes from Carroll and not from the Disney films!

Maker’s blurb:

Temporary tattoos to share your favourite literary quotes with the world. Each pack contains 6 unforgettable quips and quotes from memorable characters of beloved classics. They are designed to be realistic, both in terms of their artwork and the way they look once applied. They last 1-3 days, and are easily applied using a wet cloth.

Website here.

26
Dec
17

Alice in Wonderland Through the Visual Arts

Alice in Wonderland Through the Visual Arts, edited by Gavin Delahunty and Christoph Schulz.

Published to accompany the Tate Liverpool exhibition, 4 November 2011. Soft back.

ISBN 978 1 85437 991 7

From the back cover:

Lewis Carroll’s stories based around the character of Alice have proved to be among the most enduring literary creations of all time. For almost 150 years they have led a double life, on one hand classics of children’s literature and on the other endlessly fascinating source material for artists, writers, filmmakers and creatives of all kinds.

For the first time, this extensively illustrated book examines the visual art that has been inspired by the Alice stories. Beginning with Lewis Carroll’s original sketches and Tenniel’s iconic illustrations it then explores the appearance of the books extraordinary characters in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, film animation and video. Essays by Gillian Beer, Alberto Manguel, Christoph Schulz and Edward Wakeling grant fresh insights Carroll’s life and work together with a new fairy tale specially written by Carol Mavor.

Artists featured include Fiona Banner, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Anna Gaskell, Dan Graham, Paul Nash, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Smithson, Annelies Strba, Diana Thater and Luc Tuymans.

Gavin Delahunty is Head of Exhibitions and Displays at Tate Liverpool. Christoph Schulz is an independent curator.

Christmas present from Kini and Peter (thank-you!), but available on amazon: Tate Alice in Wonderland

16
Sep
17

Wonderland

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Wonderland: edited by Robert Klanten, Sven Ehmann and Birga Meyer.

ISBN 10: 3899550676

ISBN 13: 9783899550672

Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag; Paperback/DVD edition (28 Oct. 2004)

A collection of dream inspired photos and artworks, name-checking and quoting The Gryphon from Alice (No, no! The adventures first,’ said the Gryphon in an impatient tone: `explanations take such a dreadful time.’), but no other real connection.

 

Includes a DVD ‘Diesel Dreams’.

 

From the back cover:

As a visual essay focusing on dreams, the imagination, the surreal and the divine, Wonderland builds on the success of last year’s Romantik. The book is a stunning collection of the very latest inspiring and surprising fashion photography, graphic design, illustration and fine art from around the world.

Publishers’ blurb:

Wonderland is a compilation of the very latest inspiring and surprising graphic design, illustration, photography and fine art from around the world. Focusing on dreams, the imagination, the surreal and the divine, it builds on themes introduced in our well-received title Romantik.

While Romantik revolves around longing, Wonderland depicts dramatic occurrences and experiences. The fantastical work featured in the book is presented as a visual essay of captivating intensity.

The Diesel Dreams promotional DVD was included in the first edition release of Wonderland.

Thirty different of the best filmmakers were called on to produce a two-minute short film based on imagery from Diesel’s Fall/Winter 2004 communication campaign. The Diesel Dreams promotional DVD was included in the first edition release of the book Wonderland, a visual essay focusing on dreams, the imagination, the surreal and divine.

Found in a charity shop, but available from Amazon.

08
Jan
17

What Would Alice Do?

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What Would Alice Do? Advice for the Modern Woman.

Quotes from Lewis Carroll with a foreward by Lauren Laverne.

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books (22 Oct. 2015)

Hardback small format book.

ISBN-13: 978-1447288527

From the publishers:

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its equally famous sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, are among the most quoted works in literature. In What Would Alice Do?, a handy, pocket-sized volume, are the pithiest quotations from the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, the irrepressible Alice, every one of them pertinent today . . . and guaranteed to put a Cheshire grin on your face! What Would Alice Do? offers advice for any unreasonable, demanding and downright confusing situation, from one of the most iconic female characters in literary history. Forthright, polite, and always true to herself, Alice will help you navigate life as she did Wonderland – just ask yourself, what would Alice do?

Sir John Tenniel’s original engravings have defined our image of Alice ever since the story was first published in 1865. Reproduced to the highest quality, the iconic images in this book will delight both fans and those discovering them for the first time.

Featuring a foreword by Lauren Laverne, a gorgeous foiled cover and Tenniel’s famous black line illustrations, this beautiful little book of Alice quotes makes a wonderful gift for any fan of Alice in Wonderland.

Available from Amazon.

 

29
May
16

Urban Decay: Alice in Wonderland

AD694684-F1D6-4CB1-A611-1AA90D0AD6C2Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland eyeshadow palette- Inspired by the Movie Alice Through the Looking Glass.

From Urban Decay’s product description:

When Disney asked us to jump down the rabbit hole with them again and collaborate on an all-new spectacular adventure, of course we said yes. Inspired by the new fantasy-adventure film release of Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, this limited-edition, pop-up palette is a trippy tribute to our favourite characters from the film.

Using the visually stunning Alice Through the Looking Glass as our inspiration, we painstakingly created the perfect mix of 20 ALL-NEW shades, then arranged them all in columns by character and put them in an intricately designed, collectible palette. Match up the columns to steal their looks or mix up these shades to create countless others. From softer shades inspired by Alice’s look in the film to bold, bright shades like those seen on the Mad Hatter, it’s all here.

The shadows are designed and organised by character, so Alice’s include a pretty pink and a pinafore blue, whereas the White Queen’s are pale and interesting, and the Mad Hatter’s bright orange and purple and puce and viridian.

This palette features colourful, kaleidoscopic artwork woven out of flowers and butterflies and includes several of our favourite quotes from the film. Hits of embossing and gloss give the palette a luxe, dimensional feel. When you lift the lid and open up the doors inside, a three-dimensional butterfly springs up. Pull open the palette’s drawer to reveal the shadows, which are arranged by character in columns from left to right: Alice, Mad Hatter, Mirana (the White Queen), Iracebeth (the Red Queen) and Time (a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock).

What you get:

Alice: Looking Glass (pale pink demi-matte), Reflection (soft peach matte), Dormouse (warm brown matte w/ floating gold micro-sparkle) and Metamorphosis (vibrant periwinkle blue w/micro-sparkle).

Mad Hatter: Hatter (vibrant green w/tonal micro-sparkle), Gone Mad (aubergine w/pink iridescent pearl), Paradox (vibrant orange w/gold pearl) and Cake (saturated blue-pink w/silver micro-shimmer).

Mirana: Lily (opal pink pearl), Duchess (peach w/pink shift and micro-sparkle), Kingdom (copper-bronze pearl) and Chessboard (medium brown matte).

Iracebeth: Heads Will Roll (vibrant turquoise w/gold micro-sparkle), Bandersnatch (deep teal matte), Salazen Grum (metallic crimson) and Royal Flush (pale beige shimmer).

Time: Time (black-navy satin w/soft iridescent micro-sparkle), Dream On (metallic purple-silver), Chronosphere (metallic deep bronze) and Mirror (gray-taupe satin).

The box is really pretty, but not terribly practical (who really cares!).The shadows are in a drawer that takes up the bottom half of the box. The top half is decorative, with a pop up butterfly hidden behind double doors. There is a mirror though…
Pretty much out of stock at the moment, but pops up on amazon.

 

 

 




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