Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) at The Image Flow in Mill Valley

Saturday Mar 28 2020   11:00 AM
The Image Flow Photography Center  401 Miller Ave, Suite A, Mill Valley, CA  map

Josie Iselin (The Curious World of Seaweed) has been offering workshops in cyanotype printing with seaweed specimens for over three years. This class on creating cyanotype prints with seaweed offers a fun, easy and rewarding experience in printmaking using the cyanotype process.

The cyanotype process, also known as the blueprint process because of its deep blue color, was first introduced in the early 1800s. Anna Atkins was one of the first people to put the cyanotype process to use and in the mid-1800s became the first person to produce and photographically illustrate a book using cyanotype printing.

Josie will describe the work of Anna Atkin’s first photographically illustrated book, British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, as well as her own work using the scanner and algae, as an introduction to the 3-hour class. Participants will also learn a bit about the seaweeds themselves and a bit of the history of their ecology.

Josie provides coated papers, loads of specimens to use in the cyanotype printing process as well as demonstrations and suggestions.

For artists and scientists, this cyanotype class is rewarding. Experimentation is encouraged, no mistakes are possible in cyanotype art!

Workshop presented by The Image Flow Photography Center, providing photography classes, custom printing services, and studio rentals.


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Josie IselinJosie 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 Photo credit: Anne Hamersky