Shark Skin

These pieces represent the microscopic denticles that occur on shark skin. They are made of cloth, stitch, Timtex (a thick stiff interfacing like that found in hat brims) and paint. Scroll down to see two versions, and the scanning electron microscope image that inspired these pieces.


Shark Skin is covered with tiny tooth-like structures called denticles. They are made of dentin, the same material that is in teeth. The denticles are shaped slightly different for each species of shark. Denticles and Denticles 2 are based on a scanning electron microscope image of the skin of Pacific Spiny Dogfish from Puget Sound. 

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