||About the Studio
The Cryptogamic Botany Company is Alex Frost's studio for work at the intersection of science and art. In our work, we rely on science--an investment of time in detailed study--to guide our interpretation and presentation of natural objects. Through this process, we aim to reveal value and to celebrate things that might otherwise be disregarded. Some of the key players in the studio are shown to the right. (We collectively decided that we look better in black and white.)
Alex started all this in 1996. After six years of work as a research scientist, Alex left academia to pursue his interests in combining art and science.... In early 2001, Alex hired Molly, reopened the studio, and returned to art and design as a therapeutic escape from his day job(s)....
Erin discovered her love of plants in her teens — while friends looked for boys, she cruised gardens and parks. For the last 15 years, she has pursued her passion educating the public about the science of horticulture. Currently she is her hubby, Alex Frost's, right hand and these days you'll find her behind the scenes maintaining the website and company materials.....
Molly's arrival in 2001 brought the reopening of Alex's studio, and Molly collaborated with Alex on much of the studio's work in 2002 and 2003. For a short time she was able to tell people that she collected seaweed for a living, but now there's really a lot more to our work than that....
(Dr.) Eric actually holds a PhD in botany.... Eric makes important contributions to the studio in plant and protist identification, in algal troubleshooting, and as a foil to Alex's (occasional) exuberance. We told Eric that we wouldn't use this picture....