Diatoms


Diatoms: teeny-tiny single-celled algae protected by intricate glass-like shells made of silica. Ranging from 5 to 50 thousandths of a millimeter in size, there are almost countless varieties with doubtless many more undiscovered by scientists.

A diatomist: an artist that meticulously arranges diatoms into tiny kaleidoscopic patterns.

Diatom art: an almost extinct Victorian art form kept alive solely through the work of Klaus Kemp.

The early diatomists failed to record their techniques, making it hard for anyone to follow in their footsteps. However, Kemp, having fallen in love with the art when he first saw it at 16, has developed his own technique, and has created these delicate wonders for over 60 years. Each art work takes a couple of days to complete.

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