I am a nature artist and ocean lover. I create unique, abstract art inspired by my pressed seaweed collages.
I create a line of printed greeting by pressed seaweed collages. Currently I have two sets of assorted designs and I would like to expand my product offerings to include prints for home decor, holiday themed cards, journals and other stationery items. SeaweedArt was recently featured in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Here are some greeting card designs I have planned for the holidays-- a "sea lettuce" Christmas tree and a "kelp" menorah. To create them I pressed seaweed onto paper, took a photograph and then digitally enhanced it to make it look like a tree or menorah. To learn more about how to press seaweed, please click here.
I need funding for product development that will cover the cost of graphic design, website development and printing.
If I reach my goal of $15,000, the money will be spent as follows:
- $3000 for graphic design
- $3000 for website development
- $9000 for printing
Below are examples of my original presssed SeaweedArt collages that will be given as rewards in exchange for your pledges.
Set of 4 matted originals
Set of 2 matted originals
I was already interested in creating art with nature. I used to press flowers, herbs and leaves and use them to decorate glass bottles and wine glasses. One day I read an article in a magazine on how to press seaweed and I was hooked.
At Pleasure Point, which is a popular surfing spot in Santa Cruz. I love visiting the tide pools at low tide. There are so many different varieties of seaweed there and lots of fascinating sea creatures like sea anemone and hermit crabs. It is a very peaceful and serene place.
Pretty soon, within the next day or two. Once the seaweed is outside its natural habitat, it can start to decay pretty quickly.
Hard to say. I like them all, but if I had to pick, I guess it would be Turkish Tongue. It is a rough textured purple tongue shaped specimen that somehow just conjures up some interesting imagery in my mind.
Yes, there are. First, you must stay away from protected areas like state parks and preserves. Secondly, there are limits to how much you can take per day, usually around 10lbs. Also, you must avoid taking certain specimens like sea grass and elephant grass. And finally, you must a have a fishing license.
This a multi step process which I describe on my website: http://seaweedart.com/2011/04/the-process/