Mal's entry into the Fine Art Trade Guild's Guild's Challenge Award is one of four finalists. The theme of this year's competition is 'Alice in Wonderland' and Mal's entry features the 'gardeners painting the roses red'
It features three Zinnfiguren pieces that Mal painted, in oils, some years ago. The pieces include the Queen and King of Hearts and of course the three gardeners featured as the two, five and seven of spades. These are placed in a box with a back which includes Alice and the story of the painting of the roses.
Zinnfiguren, of German origin, are also known as flats and not well known - they are made of metal, normally tin, and approximately 30mm high and 3mm wide with a wide variety of figures. The Alice collection features almost all of the figures included in the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.