Down the rabbit hole

Down the rabbit hole

“If I were looking for a white rabbit, I’d ask the Mad Hatter.”
Christian Lacroix Haute Couture dress.


I am launching a new collection of illustrated textiles and soft furnishings – SO, I’m throwing a party at the art show venue, Saturday night to celebrate – it’s all very exciting! Also, as it’s the year of the rabbit, Easter and me, being a huge fan of Lewis Carol‘s Alice in Wonderland story I couldn’t help introducing a tea party/ white rabbit/ Easter/ Alice theme… starting in the window. “Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!”

First, I started with the window on Wednesday afternoon (the rest of my textile pieces are going up on Friday night); and way back when I was first planning the window display for the show – my immediate thought was a collaborative one – between me and friend, fellow designer Lara Blackman of Jayne. She makes divine dresses and I wanted one in my window! She currently has a pretty sweet project on the go over at smalltownfrocks – she’s making one couture dress per month, the one featured at my show is the March dress, #6.

So, with ingredients for the window like blue floral tea party dresses and white rabbits a girl’s imagination really took off like a March Hare – and with the help of my sister Lauren and her fella Andrew we rigged up a plethora of luminous satin ribbons – litterally dozens of them drape from above and spill into porcelain teacups, over three tier cakes, rabbits and around Lara’s March Dress. A little ribbon madness for sure!

THE CAKE! now this ingredient was one of the last pieces to fall down the rabbit hole… err into place – and as it’s in the window for a whole month, of course it’s a pretend cake, but all the same it is very pretty and is made of fondant, which smells heavenly. This beauty of a cake was made by Melissa Owen-Long, of Epiphany Cakes. Apart from three tier cake wonderfulness she is also very famous for her lemon squares (true romancers and window display co-pilots Lauren and Andrew will atest!).

*below right – new Easter cards, available at Otter Books and Bijou.



`Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for
the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English)

Drink me dress from the Helmut Lang made-to-measure studio.
“It was much pleasanter at home, when one wasn’t always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits.

“Who are you? Said the Caterpillar – Hello Marc Jacob, hello Alice.

Chapter 6: Pig and pepper… and Alice in Chanel Haute Couture embroidered satin jacket, satin skirt and cream leather boots. Karl Lagerfeld wears Chrome Hearts necklaces and belt.

“Once,” sighed the Mock Turtle, “ I was a real turtle.”
Alice, in Atelier Versace layered silk-tulle and chiffon-organza dress lined in lace. Donatella Versace, Rupert Everett in Versace.

Olivier Theyskens designed this Rochas iridescent blue-flower ruffle dress on Alice.

Mad Hatter: “Would you like a little more tea?:
Alice: “Well, I haven’t had any yet, so I can’t very well take more.”
March Hare: “Ah, you mean you can’t very well take less.”
Mad Hatter: “Yes. You can always take more than nothing.”

Vogue December issue 2003, did an Alice in Wonderland feature – these amazing fashion pages were photographed by Annie Leibovitz, modeled by Natalia Vodianova – and they’ve got me thinking about my party frock… and i am drawn to: lots of ruffles, ribbons and rabbits – and hopefully, a tophat or two!

“Don’t just do something, stand there… ”
I should maybe mention something about the textiles I am producing! – the linen/cotton, organic cotton sateen, silk taffeta or the organic cotton knit jersey, are available by special order only for the time being. Prices per metre range from $58 – $78.  For me, ordering small batches of the various designs allowed me to create a assortment of patchwork and appliqued one-of-a-kind cushions and wall hangings. You’ll see the odd piece of vintage fabric alongside my textiles within the handmade goods. Swatch books of the new fabrics will be on show on site on Saturday.

Dear friends, here’s what you need to know about the show opening on Saturday –

WHAT: drawn by illustration and design’s textiles launch party and art show opening!
WHEN: Saturday April 2nd, 6pm. – The show continues for April.
WHERE: Bijou 564 Ward Street, Nelson, BC, Canada
PRIZES to be won!

Last but not least, my very clever friend Jesse is catering the event.. more about all this in the next post of course!