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December 23 2011

Catherine Yass looked deep into the canal to find the image for her Christmas wrapping paper

Concluding our series of Christmas wrapping paper designed for the Guardian by leading artists, Catherine Yass describes how she created a small miracle in the water
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I floated this image in the canal for a week. It's a photograph of the place where I floated it. The water peeled away the layers of emulsion within the transparency to reveal the different colours embedded in the film. There's a kaleidoscopic effect as the light dances and ripples through them – just as it did on the surface of the canal.

I thought of it for Christmas because it seems frosty, like those sparkly white lines you get on leaves in the morning in winter. And the way the image decomposed was like a small miracle. © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Catherine Yass wrapping paper

For the final day of exclusive Guardian gift wrap, Catherine Yass floated a photograph in a canal for a week to capture the frosty light on the water. Download now

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