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Josie Iselin’s Journey into the Science of Seaweed


Thursday, June 16 | 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Join Josie Iselin in a fascinating discussion followed by a wine reception with a book sale and signing. Josie has been using her flatbed scanner to create portraits of this remarkable flora for almost fifteen years, and her art explorations have taken her deep into the natural history and the history of the science of the marine algae (seaweed and kelp). Her work, which can be found in her book The Curious World of Seaweed, makes us appreciate in awe these dynamic and spectacular organisms of the ocean world or found flung up on a local beach or in the tide pools.

Presented by Marin Art and Garden Center, this Josie will explain the complex life cycle of bull kelp, why seaweeds are the vibrant colors they are, and what is the current situation with the kelp forests of Marin County and the Northern California Coast.

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About the Speaker

Josie Iselin

Josie Iselin

Josie Iselin is author of eight books that focus on those forms in nature we find at hand—in particular, at the beach. She 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 to generate imagery. She is still captivated by the fluidity with which this technique allows her to render and design with three-dimensional objects. Her writing and art focused on seaweeds, kelp, and sea otter put her on the forefront of ocean activism, collaborating with scientists and groups working to preserve the kelp forests of our Pacific Coast. As a fine artist, Josie exhibits large-scale prints at select galleries and museums, and she has 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. Visit her website at josieiselin.com.


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