Winsome Jobling -
I have been making paper in Darwin, (Northern Territory, Australia) for the last 25 years and have experimented with around 60 local plant varieties both native and exotic. My initial paper experiments began while I was teaching out bush. The Aboriginal women of Belyuen taught me basket making and I began to experiment with these string fibres for papermaking. My early paper work combined paper and string.
I still refer to indigenous and early colonial knowledge for sources of paper fibre.
My passion is watermarks, hidden images in paper which, reference ownership, craftsmanship, a time and place. These images or text add another layer of meaning. I build up layers of colour by dipping a watermarked mould many times, often using found objects.