Tunnel Book - handmade, hand printed book
16 x 14.5cm when closed
Limited edition prints, hand tooled into a concertina fold, housed in hard back cover.
Andrea's handmade books mimic the basic principles of a plate or bellows camera. Between the mid 19th century and early 20th century, these cameras were the preferred means of capturing landscapes photographically on glass plates. Instead of conventional pages the book houses an expandable paper concertina with digital drawings depicting a romantic landscape reproduced in soft tones, with a circular cutout at each landscape's centre, so that only the inside back cover of the book has the complete landscape reproduced on it.
This technically exacting binding format presents the area of Andrea's appreciation of the romantic landscape tradition and where this meets with early optics and more recent developments in digital technology.
Andrea's approach to her work in her own words
'In the digital age there are anxieties and concerns relating to the encroachment of technology and its impact on social change. I am interested in the parallels between what we are experiencing now, with the Romantic period of the 18th to mid 19th century when society was going through similar changes in relation to technology.
My research is a process-led (thinking through making) enquiry into the relationships and dualities of the fast and slow, machine and handmade, digital and analogue. I am particularly interested in exploring these dualities by pushing the boundaries of drawing through experimentation and utilisation of both traditional and technological mediums'