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Westminster Abbey

$155.00

London, England 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Founded by monks in 960 AD
  • It is home to Britain's oldest door, dating back to 1050
  • It was an abbey until 1539, when it was dissolved by Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries
  • From 1540-1556, it was a cathedral, and in 1560, Queen Elizabeth I declared it a "Royal Peculiar", which is a church directly responsible to the sovereign and not the Church of England
  • The mosaic floor of the sanctuary of the abbey was created in 1268, and predicted that the world would end 19,683 years later
  • Home of Englands largest Gothic vault, reaching 102 feet
  • There are over 3,300 people buried there, including 17 British monarchs, Isaac Newton, and Charles Dickens
  • 39 coronations and 17 royal weddings have taken place here

Process And Size Guidelines

I handcraft each piece in my home studio, located just outside of Kansas City, MO.

Most of the photos I use were taken by me on my travels near and far.    I review each photo, looking for striking colors and strong structural elements.    If you think of the entire design as a pie, I am looking for a perfect “slice” of pie within the picture.  Once I find it, the slice is mirrored and repeated in a circular fashion to create the whole pie, i.e. the kaleidoscopic design.

 

The design then is printed multiple times onto photo paper and I hand cut different elements from each copy of the design with scissors (yes, scissors!). After the cutting is done, I reassemble the pieces into tiered layers separated by foam core, creating the unique three-dimensional kaleidoscopic effect.  Finally, I mount the piece onto mat board and frame it in a shadow box, adding a small copy of the original photo to the piece.

 

 

Each design is available in multiple sizes.  The larger the piece, the more layers the design will have, which gives you even greater depth and dimension.  The larger size also allows for more intricate cutting, providing more texture and more "wow"!

 

 Size
Outside Dimensions Inside Dimensions Frame Color
10x10
9.75" x 9.75" x 2" 9" x 9" x 1.5" Black
13x13
13.5" x 13.5" x 2.75" 12" x 12" x 2.25" Black
16x16
18.5" x 18.5" x 4" 16" x 16" x 3" Custom made reclaimed cedar with museum quality plexiglass front