SHAKESPEARE’S TUNNEL BOOKS

papercut, silkscreen, letterpress

little theatres


Tunnel books, also known as peepshow or peephole, widely published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, are books composed of a series of cut-outs bound together by means of two strips of folded paper.

A hole in the front page makes visible the succession of pages up to the bottom one, allowing to give the scenes a three-dimensional effect and thus obtaining a narrative effect that develops into a one single image.

In  harmony with the need to illustrate a text conceived for the theater,  is the choice of a book form with strong ties to the theater set-ups.

The front hole allows you to see the scenes-frames in this silent book: not all characters immediately offer themselves to the view; concealed by the wings, they are revealed as a result of movements exercised on the sheets by the reader-spectator.



A Midsummer Night’s Dream
22 x 15,5 cm, screenprint and letterpress. Handbound.
Limited edition of 300, signed and numbered.
DFRG PRESS, London 2019



Acquired by:

Oslo National Academy of the Arts Library (Oslo-Norway)
Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA, US)
Lafayette College (UK)

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Romeo + Juliet 
22 x 15,5 cm, screenprint and letterpress. Handbound.
Limited edition of 300, signed and numbered.
DFRG PRESS, London 2019

Awards and Exhibitions:
- Shortlisted WIA 2020

Bibliography:
- World Illustration Award 2020, The AOI & DI, London 2020 


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ABOUT


Daniele Catalli is multidisciplinary artist whose practice embraces a wide range of media, including drawing, installation, publishing, animation and performance.