Ice Wool


One of four delicate renderings, this series catalogs a portion of the wealth of frost forms that can be found at Wilderness, a state park at the Northern tip of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

While based upon real meteorological phenomenon, these drawings are meant to serve as studies in natural pattern and repetition rather than direct documentation. They were created without pre-planned shapes, allowing the flow of hatch marks and lines to direct the final form and composition.

Sprouting out of treebark and fallen limbs, ice wool appears in clusters of individual frozen filaments, often fusing together as strange ribbon-like growths. These are formed when supercooled water has been pushed from pores in a source material, creating tiny, hairlike ice crystals. Unlike other forms of “true frost”, ice wool doesn’t occur as the deposition of frozen water vapor upon a surface material.

These drawings were made as part of the Cabin-Time: Wilderness artist residency.