I live on the beautiful Hebridean island of Iona and never grow tired of gawking at the scenery. It’s a stunning place. The light changes constantly, not just with the seasons and weather but daily. Sometimes hourly. These little scenelets are some of my favourite places on the island, in some of the finest colours of the island. Left to right, this triptych includes the view across Iona from the path up toward the marble quarry, the Bay at the Back of the Ocean, and the White Strand of the Monks.
Tunnel books originated in the mid-18th century. These traditionally would have been made up of a series of pages held together with folded strips of paper on each side. They are ‘read’ through a hole in the cover… or, in this case, through the glass of the frame.
Each of these framed books are made by hand-cutting individual the pieces from watercolour paper that I have toned and textured to suit the piece. All the pieces are then layered up using the folded structure along the sides before being secured in the box frame. The frames keep dust off the piece and also make it easier to display and enjoy on a daily basis.
This triptych has three separate frames, each approximately 12cm x 12cm x 3cm. They can be displayed as a triptych as shown here, individually, or in an order of your choosing.
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