OOAK March Hare a character from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
This piece has taken just under five weeks work and I have created the Hare, his cloths, accessories and his chair.
Hare height without ears: 40cm tall and with his ears 47cm tall.
The Hare’s Chair height, 46.5cm, width 30cm, weight 1.4kg.
The March Hare is made in four different fabrics chosen to make the Hare appear realistic:
Two mohair fabrics, one a long pile golden beige with darder hairs which I used on the head, body & upper limbs, the other one a short beige sparce mohair used for the inner ears and lower limbs.
Two faux fur fabrics, one a long pile ivory used for the Hares chest and stomach area which blends down into the upper inside thighs and around under the bottom to the lower back, I also used it to create the Hares tail. The shorter Faux fur fabric was used for the Hares outter ear and muzzel.
I have used embroidery, air brushing & needle sculpting, to create details in the face and paws. The Hare has hand sculpted nails made especially for him to add to the realistic apparence as well as hand painted German amber eyes. The Hare has an open mouth, with teath which I sculpted for him, so he can drink his tea with his friends the Hatter and the Dormouse.
His ears have an internal structure which enable them to be positioned and he also has a full armature in cluding the digits of his hand paws, so he can grip & can be positioned as you wish. He has been designed to be in a sitting position, as I wanted him to have the correct apparence around his rump when sat down! To help him sit correctly in his chair I have added some weight which adds to his feel when you sit him on your knee.
The Hare clothing has been researched and is influenced by late Victorian mens fashions dating from 1865 when Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published.
The Hare is dressed in a silk shirt in an ivory colour which is fastened with mother of pearl buttons.
He has a silk ivory brocade neck tie which is tied in a double bow.
The smoking Jacket he is wearing designed on a Victorain smoking Jacket dates to 1865 and is made in two fabrics, a blue/black vintage brocade which is a rose pattern and a duplion silk lining in a lupin blue.
I quilted the details on the collar, cuffs and the two patch pocket tops.
The smoking jacket is fastened around the waist with a lupin blue silk sash trimmed with tassels and two frog fastenings which I hand crafted to get the scale correct for the smoking jacket.
The jacket is trimmed in a black silky cord around the hem, up the front and around the collar edge.
There is a kick split in the back of the jacket which permits the his tail to just poke out into view!
One of the jackets pockets has a loop stitched into it so that a silver coloured chain can be attached, on the chain there are charms, one of a pocket watch, a tea time tea pot, a cup and saucer and an amber bead.
I decided to use a charm of a pocket watch rather than an actual pocket watch as the Hare attempts to mens the Hatters watch by oiling it with butter, when that fails he tries to wash the butter out of the watch by dunking the watch into his tea. Due to scale, it was not possible to find a small enough pocket watch that would fit in the Hares cup so I decide to use a charm instead.
The Hare comes with accessoires that include:
A chair which I especially designed and created for the Hare which is a different style to the Hatters chair. It is upholsterd in fire retardant Royal blue upholstery velvet and trimmed with silver grey cord and tassels.
A cup and saucer.
A chain with four charms of a: watch, tea pot, cup and saucer and an amber bead.