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.
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