Emblamar studio was founded by Katrin Thorvaldsdottir to develop products featuring seaweed and other organic materials. It includes collaborations, commissions and special projects that celebrate our connection with the natural world.
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 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 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.