Scrimshaw by Nancy
Scrimshaw is one of the only art forms indigenous to the United States, and has been practiced by seafarers for the last four centuries. Traditionally, the art was completed by whalers who would utilize the byproducts of their catch (whale bones and teeth) to occupy themselves through art on their year-long voyages. Scrimshaw has a particularly strong connection to New England, where Nantucket and New Bedford were once the whaling capitals of the world. Today, Scrimshaw is only practiced by a handful of American artists, and can only be completed on fossilized or antique ivory.
Nancy Lyon has been practicing the craft of Scrimshaw for over thirty years, and has worked on a variety of surfaces such as antique whale's teeth, fossilized wooly mammoth tusk, ivory piano keys, and bone.