A Dragonfly and Coneflower in a Tunnel Book

I decided to create a tunnel book for the Book and Print Collective show, which was exhibited at the Transylvania County Public Library in Brevard, North Carolina. I entitled the book Hope Among the Ruins. The focal point of the book is a dragonfly on a coneflower. I am attracted to dragonflies for many reasons; one being that they are a symbol for longevity. Here are some images showing how I approached this piece.

 Transferring the drawing to a linoleum block. Photographs I took of my gardens were the sources for the drawings.

Transferring the drawing to a linoleum block. Photographs I took of my gardens were the sources for the drawings.

 I also carved a block using an image of iris leaves. I wanted multiple layers to use for the book pages.

I also carved a block using an image of iris leaves. I wanted multiple layers to use for the book pages.

 Proof of the dragonfly and coneflower block.

Proof of the dragonfly and coneflower block.

 I printed the blocks on pressure prints of iris leaves. 

I printed the blocks on pressure prints of iris leaves. 

 Once I had the blocks printed; I began constructing the book. It is always exciting to cut and layer the pages for a tunnel book!

Once I had the blocks printed; I began constructing the book. It is always exciting to cut and layer the pages for a tunnel book!

 I used a case binding covered in Iris book cloth for the book's exterior. I carved a square recessed area on the front, which I adorned with portion of the dragonfly print.

I used a case binding covered in Iris book cloth for the book's exterior. I carved a square recessed area on the front, which I adorned with portion of the dragonfly print.

 Opened completed book.

Opened completed book.

 Carving the block.

Carving the block.

 This is a proof of a third block of a skyline. I used this to represent the concept of 'ruins'.

This is a proof of a third block of a skyline. I used this to represent the concept of 'ruins'.

 Ptinting on the Vandercook - what a beautiful teal!

Ptinting on the Vandercook - what a beautiful teal!

 Cityscape block printed on the iris leaves.

Cityscape block printed on the iris leaves.

 Pages are cut, layered, and assembled.

Pages are cut, layered, and assembled.

 Closed completed book.

Closed completed book.

 Standing and opened book. All of the components came together in a satisfying way. I will explore other ideas focused on the idea of hope found in the natural world!

Standing and opened book. All of the components came together in a satisfying way. I will explore other ideas focused on the idea of hope found in the natural world!