Josie Iselin is a photographer and book designer living in San Francisco. Her six books (thus far) are a unique mix of art and science, sensibility and the awe-inspiring in the everyday.She holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and an MFA from SF State University. She began her art career in the field of photography and installation art, exhibiting throughout the Bay Area and teaching at the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCA). She has exhibited at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Intersection for the Arts, SF Camerawork, SF Art Commission City Site and other venues. She uses her flatbed scanner and computer exclusively for generating her imagery. She has done so for over 18 years and is still captivated by the fluidity with which this technique allows her to render and design with three-dimensional objects. Each book is built with-in the computer, in essence as a piece of sculpture.Her first book, Loving Blind/SeeingRed: A Mother’s Decade, was produced as an artist’s book by Trillium Press, Brisbane, CA in 2004. Her second and third books, Beach Stones and Leaves & Pods, were both released in 2006 by Abrams, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc, New York, NY. Her third book in the series on forms in nature, Seashells, came out in June 2007 and the fourth book, Heart Stones, was launched in time for Valentines Day, 2008. Beach: A Book of Treasure was published by Chronicle Books in June 2010 and is both written and photographed by Josie. This books follows a personal arc from the science of sand to the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, and will delight and inspire anyone who values the unique environment of the beach. February 2012 will bring a new collection of hearts, this time Sea Glass Hearts, a spectacular gem of a book.
Abrams, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, New York City
everything related to the ocean
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