A series of 17 pulpworks reflecting distinctive marks on the
walls of the canals in and around London as a result of rising
water levels. 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