California Native Plant Society
Santa Cruz County Chapter

General Meeting
Monday November 9
Keying Club 5:00 pm
Mystery Plant ID 7:00 pm
Presentation 7:30 pm

UCSC Arboretum Horticulture Building
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz


Josie Iselin
An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed


Josie Iselin will discuss her evolution as a book maker and photographer whose books focus on forms in nature and in particular the beach as a place where science and art come together. Josie will then use her most recent book as a guide into the intertidal zone to go over some of the most common seaweeds found here in the Northern California tide-pools. Her imagery will accompany throughout the talk.

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 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.

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 in California and Maine. She hopes that celebrating the ordinary wonders we find at the beach will bring thoughtfulness and stewardship to this extraordinary place of discovery.