I  r  m  a   I  r  s  a  r  a

W A T E R M A R K S

WATERMARKS (selection)

Watermarks came through observations made in and around the London canal system. The rising water levels have left very distinctive marks on the walls of the canals which is visual evidence of accelerated changes in climate. A series of 17 pulpworks were created to reflect this. Watermarks also has a double meaning - as well as referring to the marks created by changing water levels, it also refers to the watermark effect within the pieces. As well as viewing the pieces in the normal way, they can be viewed with a light source from behind which reveals the hidden abstract 'watermarks' created using different densities of pulp.

The work is created from pulped cotton fibres and pigment dyes. The process involves laying down layers of pulp, wet on wet, using mesh screens. The variation in thickness which gives the watermark effect is created using strips of paper cord of different widths which is pulled away when the pulp is still wet leaving some thin sections. The work was dried slowly in the open air to allow the dyes more time to react to the fibres to intensify the density of the colours.

Exhibited: London Canal Museum 2013, V A I London 2014

Watermark 1 - 31 x 54 cm, 2013

Watermark 5
WatermWatermark 6ark 6 Watermark 7
Watermark 15
Watermark 16
Watermark 10