Emblamar studio was founded by Katrin Thorvaldsdottir to expand and evolve her artistic work with kelp and other organic materials to include collaborations, commissions and special projects.

The main focus of the studio is to create work that promotes the use of kelp as a material for art, fashion and design, but also to explore projects that celebrate our connection with the natural world, both physically and philosophically.

Katrin Thorvaldsdottir

FOUNDER

Katrin Thorvaldsdottir has worked as an artist, puppeteer and scenographer for over 40 years, being involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from theatre and television to art exhibitions and personal work. Most recently she has been exploring using kelp as a material for design, splitting her time between creating art, such as masks and puppets, and research-based work developing the preservation and treatment of kelp material, which is used throughout the projects undertaken by the studio.

Charlie Strand

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Charlie Strand has worked in fashion for over two decades, beginning with a position at Katherine Hamnett and evolving into a career in styling, fashion photography and creative direction.

During this time he has worked on editorial projects, exhibitions and produced a magazine and three photography books. As Creative Director he guides the studio through project management and oversees communication and marketing.

Thorlakur Jonsson

RESEARCH ADVISOR

Thorlakur Jonsson is a European patent attorney, and holds a Ph.D in biophysical chemistry from University of California at Berkeley. He has over 25 years experience in research and development in academic and industrial settings.

His speciality areas include biotechnology, chemistry, and diagnostics, through which he brings unique insight to the studio in areas of process development and intellectual property work.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the studio stems from Katrin’s own personal philosophy based on her appreciation of the natural world and the part humans play in interacting with it and replenishing it.

She sees the ocean as the womb of the earth, the source from which life originates, and that mankind collectively forms a symphony with the planet, where each of us has a role within the orchestra, each playing our part to allow the earth and ourselves to flourish.

The concept of the symphony also relates to how the studio approaches collaboration, where a mutual respect and care ensures the purest most productive results from the projects undertaken.

It can be said that the studio itself stands for love and respect of each other and the world around us, and to appreciate those things which we can achieve through co-operation.

With this ethos we aim to bring prosperity to the coming generations through a better understanding of the natural resources we are exploring.

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