The Turtle Shell

Animal camouflage is diverse and unique almost to every single animal known.  Animals can attempt to hide in plain sight, appear to be more dangerous then they are or distract their prey in order to remain undiscovered.  This means that when creating a wearable piece of camouflage the options as to how to approach the idea are almost endless.

I began my research centring around two different animals.  Of course like my other projects I studied Sea Turtles, the other animals in question were Wolves.  Wolves have a very similar camouflage technique used by most modern militaries.  Their natural grey brown shading allows them to hide in shadows and not be seen a distinct outline.  This combined with matted fur allows wolves to be hidden in dark areas of the landscape.  The matted fur and mixed colours breaks up the wolf silhouette and makes them hard to pick out.

This is a technique used by many military snipers in the form of camouflage called a ghillie-suit.  This special suit is designed in such a way that when seen against the ground it is hard to see where the ground end and the man begins.  Made up of uneven browns and greys and usually adorned with local shrubbery and plants to help disguise the individual more.

This gave me the idea to create my own style of ghillie-suit one that would be worn on the back and would appear similar to a wolf pelt.  Starting with a grey cloak I proceeded to add fabric and yarn to help break up the shape of the cloak and hopefully hide me inside.

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Although less then half way through the project I was not happy with how it was turning out and I decided to change plans,

Sea Turtles:
Sea Turtles employ several different forms of camouflage first their shells are usually coloured to look like rocks when viewed on the sea floor or floating on the surface.  Secondly sea turtles underbellies are a light cream colour which is believed to be a technique called counter shading, where the colouration of an animal makes it disappear in the sun when viewed from a specific direction.  The third camouflage technique I choose to emulate was a sea turtles fore thought to burry their eggs in sand.  This not only protects the eggs but when the new borns are hatched they dig themselves out covering themselves in sand, which helps keep them hidden from predators looking at the beach from above.

Using these three techniques I preceded to make my own turtle shell that would hopefully disguise myself as a rock just emerging form the landscape. What follows are the results of this experiment.
Turtleshell – Greg Cargill