The visual world Kirsty Mitchell creates is filled with unprecedented magic. In September 2015 Mitchell’s The Wonderland Book made history as the most crowdfunded project ever on Kickstarter. This book project took over six years to produce and pays a moving tribute to her late mother who passed away from a brain tumor. The success of the project has had a butterfly effect leading Kirsty Mitchell toward worldwide fame.
This week, instead of accompanying her work with commentary—we’ve decided to let the photographs and her quotes guide you on a spectacular journey. So go ahead, suspend your belief and immerse yourself in the “Wonderland.”
“There is nothing as comforting as a childhood bedtime story but with my mother it was a little different. She didn’t always wait until bedtime. The moment I came through the door after school she would call me over to where she was sitting with a pile of books and say: “Look at what I’ve found! This is amazing.” Then she would start reading aloud. I would put down my bag and sit and listen to her, slowly falling under the spell of the story.”
“It wasn’t just me who heard my mother read aloud. She was an English teacher for more than 30 years, adored by everyone. Kids would fight to be in her class. Her gift to me – and to the generations of children she taught – was the joy and beauty of story-telling. That was her legacy.”
“I wanted to try to capture the essence of some of the stories we had shared. I’d describe my pieces as hybrids of memories, book illustrations and dreams set in real locations. The series came to be called Wonderland.”
“It was perhaps the most poignant moment of that exhausting, wonderful shoot. I was 33 at the time, yet here was a tangible piece of a memory of my mum from when I was perhaps just six-years-old, sitting and listening to her read one of her magical, transporting stories.”
Take a look at how Kirsty Mitchell’s The Wonderland Book evolved.