"Jill Powers achieves the mysticism of the orient with handmade paper that she casts into starkly simple forms.  The serene oblong shape of Ms. Powers's "Reverence" has the essence of  an Oriental reliquary.  A single dried okra pod hangs down in front like a ceremonial vessel."
-Review from the Sunday New York Times - July 15, 1990


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  • Jill is on a seaweed field research trip to Long Island, New York.
  • August workshop-SITKA CENTER for ART AND ECOLOGY on the coast of Oregon!
  • Read about Jill's focus on ocean environmental issues and seaweeds


Bull Kelp at Asilomar Beach- (Nerocystis luetkeana) -

When I first stepped onto Asilomar beach one evening in Pacific Grove California, I found a massive bull kelp stretched along the sand. The huge air bladder weighed 20 pounds or more. I was struck by its huge presence on the beach, having been ripped away from its holdfast some 50 feet below the ocean waves. It lay on the sand, still so full of life, its tissues still holding sea water and salt. Think of the powerful waves it survived for so long!

Abundant diversity

The size and variety of seaweeds at Big Sur was astonishing!  This is one of my favorites- a deep red heavily textured seaweed called Condracanthus, or Turkish Towel! 

The field work with the Jepson Herbarium of UC Berkeley was so rich in learning and specimens!

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