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Sartorial Naturalist Exhibition and Film Premiere! June 18th-22nd 2021


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I am thrilled to reach out and invite you to my upcoming exhibition, The Sartorial Naturalist, the culmination of work over the past many years. 

In 2018 I undertook a Churchill fellowship to study the early French botanical historical record from Tasmania and now I am bringing forward a new and richly layered range of designs for print onto fabric, wallpaper and Film.

The Sartorial Naturalist – Film is a multiform art collaboration of nationally and internationally recognised design, cinematic, post-production, music and dance professionals that captures the beauty and fragility of some of Tasmania’s endangered flora. Working with skilled professionals in the Tasmanian film community.

The Exhibition is being held across the whole 9th floor of Studio 65, at 65 Murray Street, in Hobart.

I will be projecting the newly finished short film – The Sartorial Naturalist’ and exhibiting all the new fabric designs on to silk and linen and wallpapers.

 The Friday 18/6/21 viewing is now booked out.

It will be opened by Mr David Shelley- Honorary Consul for France in Tasmania.to invited guests, with a welcome to Country by Sinsa Mansell who features in my film.

‘The Sartorial Naturalist’ Exhibition

Advocating for Tasmania’s wild and endangered flora and the stories which accompany them.

Short film.

This film is visually delicious, with indigenous and contemporary dancers performing underwater amongst a forest of new designs printed on swathes of silk, from the Flora of Tasmania, plus Palawa cultural practice entwined with the seaweed silks and a referencing of Naturalists and plant collectors from Tasmania history.

The 12 minute film also weaves footage of me collecting plants across our fabulous wild Tasmanian landscape, dreaming of how I might create them onto fabric. Art mirroring my life!

I am honoured and delighted that the only language spoken and sung in this film is  by Sinsa Mansell singing in Palawa kani – a contemporary reconstruction of Tasmanian aboriginal language.

Composer-Elicia Casey-Winter has compose a musical score for Cello- played by Georgia Shine, Clarinet and Saxophone – played by Oyinbra Enisuoh, with improvisation by both. Vocals by Deborah Wace and bowed piano by Elicia Casey-Winter. Vocals sung in palawa kani by Sinsa Mansell. All recording/mixing done by Michael Gissing.

Print.

Showcasing my new precious flora designs on silk, linen, and wallpaper, inspired by the wild Flora of Tasmania and the Herbarium collections which I researched in France, Italy and the UK during my Churchill Fellowship in 2018.

This is the beginning of my new collection of designs since digitising my entire herbarium and original print library.

I hope you can visit over the 5 days.

Exhibition open 9am – 9pm Sat 19th until 22nd June. ——- With an extension to the whole showcase on Sat 26, Sunday 27th June from 9am to 5pm.

I am delighted to share my work with you and invite you to immerse yourself in this Exhibition.

Warm regards

Deborah

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