Diatoms

This series is based on diatom surface patterns seen with a scanning electron microscope. Several layers of fabric were used; openings in the top layers reveal textured layers below.  

Diatoms are aquatic single-celled plants that are so small they can only be seen with a microscope. They produce much of the world's oxygen.  They have complex multi-layered cell walls that are incredibly beautiful.  Photographs taken with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) during my scientific career as a marine biologist motivated these pieces.  Scroll down to see all the pieces and the SEM images that inspired them.  

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