The Seaweed Collector’s Handbook – From Purple Laver to Peacock

Miek Zwamborn

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  • Profile Books
  • 2021
  • ISBN 9781788165471
  • 192 pages
  • Softcover
  • 19 × 13.5 × 2 cm

A beautifully illustrated little book that will open your eyes at the seaside

Seaweed is so familiar and yet its names – pepper dulse, sea lettuce, bladderwrack – are largely unknown to us.

In this short, exquisitely illustrated portrait, the Dutch poet and artist Miek Zwamborn shares her discoveries of its history, culture and use, from the Neolithic people of the Orkney Islands to sushi artisans in modern Japan. Seaweed troubled Columbus on his voyages across the Atlantic, intrigued von Humboldt in the Sargasso Sea and inspired artists from Hokusai to Matisse. Covering seaweed’s collection by Victorians, its adoption into fashion and dance and its potential for combating climate change, and with a fabulous series of recipes based around the ‚truffles of the sea‘, this is a wonderful gift for every nature lover’s home.

Miek Zwamborn is an artist, novelist and poet. She lives and works on the Isle of Mull, in the Hebrides, where she runs a project working to explore the natural environment – and particularly its bountiful seaweed – with scientists, designers and artists.

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