Josie Iselin Lecture: "From Sea Glass to Seaweed: Finding Art and Science on the Beach"

Earl Warren Showgrounds - Earl Warren Hall - Community Room

Saturday, September 10th 3pm-4pm

Josie Iselin is the photographer, author and designer of seven books on forms in nature and particularly what we find at the beach. These titles include Beach: A Book of Treasure, Sea Glass Hearts and An Ocean Garden. She will talk about how she builds her books in her studio, how seaweed could be the new sea glass, and introduce spectacular images of a few iconic California seaweeds. She is writing a new book on seaweed and will talk about the challenge of evoking our ocean tidal ecosystems in a scientifically correct but lyrical way.

Josie holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from San Francisco State University. For almost 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. She hopes that celebrating the ordinary wonders we find at the beach will bring thoughtfulness and stewardship to this extraordinary place of discovery.