Amanda Catherine Davis
A Study of Dried Hornwrack and Bladder Wrack
A pen study of Hornwrack (Flusta foliacea) and Bladder Wrack (Fucus vesiculosus).
Hornwrack Flustra Foliacea
Description: A stiff but flexible plant-like colony forming a bushy clump broad, lobed fronds up to 20cm high. It is usually a Khaki colour, but can lose its colour once washed-up. Hornwrack is a colony of hundreds of tiny animals called Bryozoans, however it is commonly mistaken for a type of dried seaweed due to its plant-like texture.
Bladder Wrack Fucus Vesiculosus
Description: A flexible plant, with fronds 15-100cm long, tough and leathery in texture. Spherical air bladders amongst the fronds, usually paired, can be absent in young plants. Bladder Wrack is usually dark olive brown with olive brown reproductive bodies.
I chose to use a black liner pen to depict the different textures of these specimens, one being much more coarse than the other, which is also represented through the microscopic images of each surface. Exploring the structure of the different fronds, texture and colour.
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