It is no exaggeration to say that Alice in Wonderland is having a bit of a moment. Alice Liddle, the little girl who was Alice, is profiled in this month’s Vogue, whilst the V&A museum of childhood will be hosting an exhibition next month entitled ‘The Alice look’ which will examine how Alice has been portrayed over the years. Even the Royal Mail is getting in on the Alice act with a commemorative set of stamps.
In Birmingham, last week saw the launch of a stunning new collection of ceremics and stationary from the wonderful Alice Boutique, a launch that invited selected bloggers to take a trip down the rabbit hole (actually the basement bar of The Bureau, but rather wonderful all the same. There, guests were able to peruse the collection whilst getting into the Wonderland spirit with a dressing up box, croquet played with the obligatory flamingoes and lots of wonderful cocktails just beckoning you to ‘drink me’. It was all rather surreal and pretty amazing.
The Alice Boutique is the brainchild of Tracie Bedwood, well known in the Midlands has the founder of the Handmade Boutique. Tracie is a huge fan of the Lewis Carroll story, and in particular, loves the beauty and charm of the original John Tenniel illustrations. She started designing and producing the Alice Tea Set in 2014 as part of the Handmade Boutique, and now the collection has grown to include stationary and birthday ephemera, cake stands and bone china mugs, and coasters to place those gorgeously delicate cups and mugs on.There are black and white designs, as well as full colour pieces, featuring a range of Alice characters, from the Queen of Hearts to Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee, and of course, the lady herself. My favourite piece is the exquisite cake-stand, which would make a fantastic centre-piece to any dinner party (or tea party if you prefer), but every piece is a stunning work of art that would totally delight any Alice fan.