My name is Kirsten Carlson, I’m excited to be the first Artist-in-Residence (AiR) at the MakerLab! Judy and I met at the 2009 National Marine Educators Conference in California and bumped into each other again on a Hawaii Science Writers Association tour of the marine institute last fall. I freelance full time as an illustrator, designer and writer of ocean-themed topics for audiences of all ages and have worked on a diversity of projects aimed at connecting people to nature through the lens of science and art. Judy and I are both interested in integrating more art into science and we both have a passion for the microscopic world of plankton.
For my Artist in Residence project, I will be diving into the topic of plankton to create a sci-art product introducing plankton classification. It is an evolution of a poster I created in 1995—it will engage the end-user’s creative and analytical skills. But really, it’s a mashup between an adult coloring book and a mini encyclopedia.
I’m excited to share my explorations and reveal the design process through the MakerLab blog. In the meantime, I invite you to visit me at Fathom It Studios (www.kirstencarlson.net) to dive into some of the other art-sci (artsy) projects I’ve worked on.