Manâm منام is the Arabic word for dream, and literally means something like “the place where you go when you sleep.”
This is a dimensional version of an earlier piece. The original design had the visual quality of a portal, which I took a step further by giving it depth. As the basic shape is an octagon, I followed through by using 8 layers depth.
Drawing and cutting the 8 layers in 400gsm paper.
The painted layers left to dry. Most of them only needed a narrow margin painted.
More delicate cutting, the top layer, which was also punched.
Checking on alignments before I start gluing everything…
I used 0.5 cm foam board to elevate my layers. The bottom layer is here ready to receive the next.
Finally, ready to paste the last layer, which was gilded in the meanwhile.
Retouching the white edges remains to be done as final step.