Upcoming Events

SEEDS | Exploration, microscopy, and watercolor

October 13, 2019, 10am-1pm
AS IF Center
Bakersville, NC
$20 per person

This workshop will start with a 30-minute walk and talk focusing on different types of seeds and fruits (dehiscent, fleshy, floating on the wind, sticky, etc.), and the seed dispersal strategies they exhibit. We will collect a few seeds and fruits, and then return to the AS IF lab/ studio to study their details through microscopes and hand lenses. For the remainder of the workshop, we will use watercolor to render seeds and fruits in scientifically accurate detail. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Instructor Nancy Lowe holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is proprietor of Art + Science In the Field: AS IF Center, a science studio/ art lab. Her scientific illustrations and works of art about evolutionary biology have been exhibited in many galleries in the US and Europe. For two decades, she has taught scientific illustration and nature journaling at biological field stations, universities, museums and K-12 schools in the US and Costa Rica, and worked as a research technician in several research labs focusing on pollination biology, microbial symbionts of insects, and large-scale ecology.

Contact me with questions, and to register.


String Theory | Art + Science + Fiber

May 22-25, 2020
AS IF Center
Bakersville, NC

Save the date: watch this space for more info.

String Theory will be a weekend event for artists and scientists interested in exploring connections between art and science and fiber. We will experiment with:

  • Observing fiber through microscopes
  • Responsible collection of specimens, museum practices (e.g.  management of herbarium and insect collections) and their use in fiber art
  • Plant identification walks, nature journaling
  • Firefly outing
  • Moth party
  • Ecoprinting
  • Natural dyes
  • Math of crochet, knitting, stitching, weaving, knotting, netting
  • Using fiber to translate data and communicate science narratives
  • Other fun stuff