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About this project

We're using the art of illustration, screen printing and black light reactive inks to further explore the themes of duality and transformation in the Alice books by Lewis Carroll. 

The goal of this series is to produce sixteen art prints as a collaboration between eight different artists. Each artist is illustrating two prints. One based on a character from the books, and another from a passage of their choosing or one of the original John Tenniel illustrations. 

Through screen printing and the wonder of black light reactive inks, we're developing each illustration into an object with two states: one state in daylight and another, altered state under black light. The end result is a truly unique and curious narrative distilled into each print.

The Artists and Illustrations

Each of the eight contributing artists are excited to see this project happen with help from the kickstarter community. We've spent a lot of time working on these images and this concept to bring it to where it is today. 

See our progress so far and find out more about each of us below.

Rebecca Sugar - Animator: Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and creator of Steven Universe
more details on "Alice"
more details on the "What is the Use of a Book?"

Frans BoukasIllustrator
more details on "The White Rabbit"
more details on "The Garden of Live Flowers"

Noah Scalin - Artist/Author/Designer creator of Skull-A-Day
more details on "Tea Party Costume"
more details on "Drink Me"

James Callahan - Illustrator
more details on "The Slaying of The Jabberwock"
more details on "The Gryphon and the Mock Turtle"

Meg Gandy - Comics Artist
more details on "The Red Queen"
more details on "The White Queen"

Barry Bruner - Editorial Illustrator
more details on "The King"
more details on "The Walrus and the Carpenter"

Matt Deans - Illustrator, Animator
more details on "The Caterpillar"
more details on "Pig and Pepper"

Spencer Hansen - Illustrator, Designer
more details on "I Growl When I'm Pleased"
details on "Queen Kitty" coming soon

A Unique Approach to Black Light Art: The Dual Image

As screen printers and illustrators, we started incorporating UV reactive and glow in the dark inks into our show posters and artwork a few years ago. Instead of emulating the traditional black light poster art of the sixties and seventies, we found ourselves experimenting with more subtle, balanced uses. We remained focused on creating images that were effective in regular lighting conditions, but also featured hidden details that would appear under a black light. 

The Intersection with Lewis Carroll’s Books

Frans Boukas had been itching to further explore the themes of duality and transformation that are so central to Alice’s experiences in Lewis Carroll's books. When we shared our experiments with black light inks and presented the concept of the two states of an image, he realized this was the perfect fit. Straightaway he began pairing fellow illustrators with characters he wanted to see them take on, convincing us what a weird match this alternative style of image making would be for the characters and scenes in the books.

The Printing Process

Screen printing is a traditional printing method that gives the artist the ability to lay down individual areas of precise colors in a specific order. It has a long, rich history. The classic black light posters of the sixties and seventies were screen printed because it’s the perfect way to work with these custom fluorescent and UV reactive inks. 

Without screen printing these images don't work. It's the only effective way to create live, tangible versions of these dual images that can be really experienced in person instead of previewed on a computer screen. 

The Printers

Our personal adventures with screen printing have led us to a close partnership with Triple Stamp Press, a skilled and experienced screen printing shop. They share our passion and have poured it into their process. They have the attention to detail, level of control, and taste for experimentation that will be required to take on the technical challenges of printing this very unique project. Also, we share a building with Triple Stamp's shop allowing us to remain intimately involved at every step of the printing process.

The Complete Series and the Rewards

With your help, we'll finish the illustration, color, and printing of this series of sixteen, limited edition art prints. With a healthy dose of gratitude, we've made the completed prints available as rewards for your support. Many of these reward levels allow you to choose your favorite prints. You'll be able to make this choice shortly after July 15th when we send out the order survey.

Pledge $8 - BLACK LIGHT POSTCARD

Pledge $15 - BLACK ALICE BLACK LIGHT BULB

Pledge $25 - "Down the Rabbit Hole" One small 8 1/2 x 11" screen print of your choice
Pledge $25 - "Down the Rabbit Hole" One small 8 1/2 x 11" screen print of your choice
Pledge $55 - One large 18 x 24" screen print of your choice
Pledge $55 - One large 18 x 24" screen print of your choice
Pledge $70 - "Of cabbages and kings" One large 18 x 24" and one small 8 1/2 x 11" screen prints of your choice
Pledge $70 - "Of cabbages and kings" One large 18 x 24" and one small 8 1/2 x 11" screen prints of your choice
Pledge $125 - "Yes, that's it, it's always tea-time.." Two large 18 x 24" and two small 8 1/2 x 11" screen prints of your choice
Pledge $125 - "Yes, that's it, it's always tea-time.." Two large 18 x 24" and two small 8 1/2 x 11" screen prints of your choice
Pledge $150 - "However, this bottle was NOT marked 'poison,' so Alice ventured to taste it" All eight small 8 1/2 x 11" prints
Pledge $150 - "However, this bottle was NOT marked 'poison,' so Alice ventured to taste it" All eight small 8 1/2 x 11" prints
Pledge $170 - "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Three large 18 x 24" and three small 8 1/2 x 11" screen prints of your choice
Pledge $170 - "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Three large 18 x 24" and three small 8 1/2 x 11" screen prints of your choice
Pledge $220 - "Curiouser and curiouser" Four large 18 x 24" and four small 8 1/2 x 11" screen prints of your choice
Pledge $220 - "Curiouser and curiouser" Four large 18 x 24" and four small 8 1/2 x 11" screen prints of your choice
Pledge $300 - "Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words 'EAT ME' were beautifully marked in currants" All eight large 18 x 24" screen prints
Pledge $300 - "Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words 'EAT ME' were beautifully marked in currants" All eight large 18 x 24" screen prints

THE COMPLETE BLACK ALICE BLACK LIGHT PRINT SERIES
We feel that together these sixteen prints will provide a full, collaborative dialogue around Carroll's original themes. The series will be offered in custom printed packaging complete with a black light bulb to provide the full experience. For pledging $400 or more you will receive the complete series packaged with the official black light bulb and postcard.

ORIGINAL ARTWORK
Some of the original artwork is available exclusively to backers. Some originals for the 8 1/2 x 11" prints are available for a pledge of $600. Some of the originals for the 18 x 24" prints are available for a pledge of $800. Each original comes with the complete Black Alice print series, postcard and bulb.

James Callahan's "The Slaying of the Jabberwock" original art
Spencer Hansen's "I Growl When I'm Pleased" original art
Matt Deans' "The Caterpillar" original art

James Callahan's "The Gryphon and the Mock Turtle" original art
Matt Deans' "The Duchess" original art

Pledge $1200 - YOUR FAVORITE PASSAGE ILLUSTRATED BY US
You'll receive the complete set, postcard and bulb and discuss directly with one of the following artists which passage, character or related idea from the books you want to see illustrated. 

A special thanks to Lobo Marino for providing the perfect music for the video and Team Eight-er Andrew Mowe for bringing the rest of it together.

Risks and challenges

A lot of the artwork is complete and print ready and we're committed to finishing the rest by the end of this Kickstarter campaign (keep an eye on the updates). The bigger obstacle will be funding the high quality screen printing of each limited edition print.

We are set up to deliver final art to Triple Stamp Press for screen printing by mid July. They have set aside room in their production schedule to work closely with us until the final print deadline of early October. We will spend the rest of that month fulfilling orders and backer rewards as well as launching an online store and preparing for a gallery showing of the completed series. The gallery show will give many people the chance to experience this work in person.

Turning this series of illustrations into tangible, handcrafted objects will be our biggest hurdle. But with a little kickstart, we'll have everything we need to make it real!

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    BLACK LIGHT BANNER POSTCARD -
    "Begin at the Beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
    As a thanks for your support in getting us started, you’ll receive the Black Alice screen printed black light postcard.

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    BLACK ALICE BLACK LIGHT BULB -
    The official way to alter your viewing experience. This bulb ships in our custom black light reactive packaging. You also get the black light postcard

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    ONE SMALL SCREEN PRINT -
    "Down the Rabbit Hole"
    An 81/2” x 11” print of your choice + the black light postcard and black light bulb. **Note: You can choose your specific print soon after July 15th, when we send the order survey.

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    ONE LARGE SCREEN PRINT -
    An 18” x 24” print of your choice + the black light postcard and black light bulb. *Note: You can choose your specific print soon after July 15th, when we send the order survey.

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    ONE LARGE AND ONE SMALL SCREEN PRINT -
    "Of cabbages and kings"
    An 18” x 24” print of your choice + an 81/2” x 11” print of your choice + the black light postcard and black light bulb. *Note: You can choose your specific print soon after July 15th, when we send the order survey.

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    TWO LARGE AND TWO SMALL SCREEN PRINTS -
    “Yes, that's it, it's always tea-time..."
    Two 18” x 24” prints of your choice + two 81/2” x 11” prints of your choice + the black light postcard and black light bulb. *Note: You can choose your specific print soon after July 15th, when we send the order survey.

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    ALL EIGHT SMALL PRINTS -
    "However, this bottle was NOT marked 'poison,' so Alice ventured to taste it"
    Each of the small, three color, black light, screen prints based on the artists selected passage or one of the original John Tenniel illustrations + the black light postcard and black light bulb.

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    THREE LARGE AND THREE SMALL SCREEN PRINTS -
    "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
    Three 18” x 24” prints of your choice + three 81/2” x 11” prints of your choice + the black light postcard and black light bulb. *Note: You can choose your specific print soon after July 15th, when we send the order survey.

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    FOUR LARGE AND FOUR SMALL SCREEN PRINTS -
    "Curiouser and curiouser"
    Four 18” x 24” prints of your choice + four 81/2” x 11” prints of your choice + the black light postcard and black light bulb. *Note: You can choose your specific print soon after July 15th, when we send the order survey.

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    ALL EIGHT LARGE SCREEN PRINTS -
    "Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words 'EAT ME' were beautifully marked in currants"
    Each of the large, five color, black light, screen prints based on a character from the books + the black light postcard and black light bulb.

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    THE COMPLETE BLACK ALICE BLACK LIGHT PRINT SERIES -
    "If you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you. Is that a bargain?"
    All 16 black light screen prints with custom screen printed packaging + the black light postcard and black light bulb.

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    DUCHESS ORIGINAL ARTWORK -
    “If everybody minded their own business, the world would go round a deal faster than it does.'”
    The original ink drawing by Matt Deans + All 16 black light screen prints + the black light postcard and black light bulb.

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    MOCK TURTLE AND GRYPHON ORIGINAL ARTWORK -
    “It's the thing Mock Turtle Soup is made from.”
    The original ink drawing by James Callahan + All 16 black light screen prints + the black light postcard and black light bulb.

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    CHESHIRE CAT ORIGINAL ARTWORK -
    “Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad.”
    The original ink drawing by Spencer Hansen + All 16 black light screen prints + the black light postcard and black light bulb.

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    JABBERWOCK ORIGINAL ARTWORK -
    “And as in uffish thought he stood,
    The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
    Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
    And burbled as it came!”
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    CATERPILLAR ORIGINAL ARTWORK -
    “Keep your temper”
    The original ink drawing by Matt Deans + All 16 black light screen prints + the black light postcard and black light bulb.

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    YOUR FAVORITE PASSAGE ILLUSTRATED BY US -
    "We're all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
    An original illustration of your favorite passage from Lewis Carroll's books by your choice of one of the following artists: James Callahan, Meg Gandy, Matt Deans, Spencer Hansen + All 16 black light screen prints + the banner postcard and black light bulb.

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