Watermark Drawing, 2012

This artwork was made during a residency at the Museum of Paper in Fabriano, Italy. Kate learned the historic art of making handmade paper watermarks from a master craftsman and world specialist in the art of handmade watermarks. This skilled technique uses only light and the thickness of the paper to create an image. It is embedded within the page itself.

The piece began as a hand-carved wax before being translated into the paper mould and dipped in paper pulp. The unique design is not on the page but rather in the page, created purely by the thickness of the page. Where the paper is thickest less light travels through appearing dark while in the thinnest parts more light shines through appearing light, creating a tonal image.