I stumbled across the tunnel book format after discovering Edward Gorey’s The Tunnel Calamity (photo by Steve Miller) online - and I’d pretty much give my right arm to get hold of an actual copy.
Although its not a classic, or terribly elegant binding, the scope for illustration, art and craft is pretty overwhelming with this style of book. There’s something inherently mysterious and curiosity-inducing about a peephole, we cant help but look into peoples windows, through keyholes, under beds and through trees, so being able to create a whole array of different worlds and convey different ideas using this concept is very exciting indeed.
Here, I’m just testing out the idea with some quick papercuts to get a feel for how the book should work. The moon at the back is hanging in the gap by thread to give it more movement, which I think works nicely, although it could do with some extra space and maybe a more interesting design so it draws the focus better. The distance between pages needs to be longer too, so more light can get in to add depth and so everything can be properly seen.
My brain is already awash with ideas for this style of book. However, I’m currently working on a specific project, so will attempt to keep within those parameters for the moment!