Summer Stride: The Curious World of Seaweed with Josie Iselin

Thursday Aug 15 2019   6:30 PM
Sunset Branch Library  1305 18th Ave, San Francisco, CA  map

The Curious World of Seaweed: Stories from the Pacific Coast by Josie Iselin (Heyday) intertwines art with science to tell the natural and cultural history of sixteen iconic kelps and seaweeds from our coast. Her contemporary scans of marine algae are combined with historical lithographs and herbarium pressings to create a visual treasure trove to accompany the history of the students of this obscure corner of our ocean universe—many pioneering women scientists—and explanations of how these extraordinary organisms succeed in a world so different from our own.

This is local artist Josie Iselin’s eighth book. She is the author of Beach StonesBeach: A Book of Treasure, and An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed, a visual primer on seaweed and kelp. Her artwork is on view at josieiselin.com. Autographed copies will be available.

This is a Green Stacks event sponsored by the San Francisco Department of the Environment. More info here.

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 www.josieiselin.com. Photo credit: Anne Hamersky