Algal Dreams: Seaweed Stories from our California Coast

Wednesday April 25, 5 PM
EOS Bay Conference Center


Josie Iselin will combine her recent artwork with the seaweed narratives she has been researching over the past two years to illustrate the intersection of art and science working towards effective storytelling. After publishing her visual primer on seaweed, An Ocean Garden: The Secret life of Seaweed, Josie has continued investigating the science, history and visual uniqueness of fifteen iconic seaweeds and kelps from our California coast. This presentation will pick a few of these stories and weave historical illustration, herbarium pressings as well as Josie’s contemporary seaweed scans into the life history and ecology of our remarkable ocean flora. 

Josie Iselin is the photographer, author and designer of seven books, with new projects in development in her San Francisco studio, Loving Blind Productions. Her books focus on those forms in nature we find at hand and in particular, at the beach. Her mission is to produce enticing, original and well-designed books that combine art and science, leaving the reader with new information about, and an appreciation for, the world around them. Her last published book was titled “An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed,” and she continues to explore the remarkable stories offered to us by the seaweed and kelp found on our local shores.

Josie holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. For over twenty years Josie has used her flatbed scanner and computer exclusively for generating imagery. She is still captivated by the fluidity with which this technique allows her to render and design with three-dimensional objects. As a fine artist, Josie exhibits large-scale prints at select galleries and museums, and she has recently designed a line of luxury scarves and shower curtains. She hopes that celebrating the ordinary wonders we find at the beach will bring thoughtfulness and stewardship to this extraordinary place of discovery.