Myriorama

A Myriorama  is defined as  "A picture made up of interchangeable parts which can be harmoniously arranged to form a great variety of picturesque scenes. The parts are usually fragments of landscapes on cards."       I was introduced to the concept at a Todmorden U3A meeting where we were shown an example

4 cards of a set of 12

 

 

 

Same 4 cards in a different order

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They were very popular in Victorian times.

At about the same time the Lancashire and Cheshire Woodcarvers had a demonstration by a chip carving expert Murray Taylor .      I had had a day chip carving in USA in 1999 and not been impressed, and Murray's work changed my conceptions.   I put the two together and designed apiece of work loosely based on one of those toys we had before computers and even the Rubicons Cube.   They were a square frame containing small tiles that can be arranged into a picture.  My tiles would have connection points on each side of the tile so that they could be connected in a Myriorama way.    Inside each tile, I joined the connection points in different ways

Myriorama carving showing connections gilded, and the toy the work is based on. The tile with the knob in the middle can be removed to allow the others to move

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the tiles looked a bit bare, so I decorated them with more chip carving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details of the decorated tiles

The diamond shapes have curved edges which match the curvature of the gilded link linesDetails of the decorated tiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The curvature of the inside cuts is based on the gilded connection lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again following the gilded connection lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running out of ideas for decoration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again following the lines of the gilded connection lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just playing with standard chip carving cuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More of following the gilded connection lines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really enjoyed pushing the techniques of chip carving as far as I could

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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