IT establishes a new watermark
by focusing its sights on -- the invisible!
Watermarks are elusive designs made of bent wire.
Their outline image becomes incorporated into a sheet of paper during
the production process. They may be seen only when the sheet of
paper is held in front of a light source. The rest of the time they
remain hidden but highly effective for revealing a paper's source
and history. Thus they are part of the fingerprint a piece of paper
Known and widely used since 1282, watermarks have
been afforded little attention by art historians. However, shadowy
history won't deter WINGIN' IT
from disclosing their ongoing role in jurisprudence, art conservation,
document dating, historical research, criminal contravention, home
decorating, and fine art production.
Indeed, since the fourteenth century, watermark
usage has been protected and legally recognized. They are the oldest
known, and longest employed expression of the concepts behind product
branding and trademarking.
Step back 790 years to discover just how this insignificant
paper mark acquired continuous, worldwide recognition.
Watermarking has moved seamlessly into the digital
age to enable covert transmissions of data for tracking copyright
infringement. Modern researchers are now developing new ways to
study antique watermark designs. Filigranology attracts art and
book conservators, paper and art historians, forensic scientists,
and criminologists alike. All look to the hard-to-see watermark
to provide insights into the history and properties of documents,
books, currency, music manuscripts, and works of art on paper.
turns the art of bending wire into a mind-bending good read!
This issue includes related art projects you can create at home.
5.75" x 5.75" x .25", 36 pages, 42
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digitally printed using black, soy based ink on 100% recycled Environment,
80 pound Woodstock text enclosed in a Classic Linen, Augusta Green,
80 pound cover with 80 pound text end papers of Environment, Willow.
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