In 2021 I had the pleasure of being interviewed on ABC Radio Hobart by Catherine Zengerer. We spoke at length about my life’s work as a botanical artist from living among the Buttongrass plains in Far South Tasmania in my youth, to how I digitized my entire botanical collection during COVID19.
I shared with her why telling stories about the many threats to our land and marine based flora is so important, how the early French explorers were instrumental in cataloguing some of the earliest herbarium collections in Australia and overseas, my Churchill Fellowship journey and much more.
I invite you to read the ABC Radio Hobart interview transcript to gain an insight into my artist practice and why the exquisitely beautiful The Sartorial Naturalist film is such an important autobiographical film for me: showing connection into country, delving deep into my imagination to unveil where my inspiration comes from when creating botanical designs on fabric.
Click here to read the full transcript.
Underwater palawa dancer – Sinsa Mansell – swims amongst Deborah WACE fabrics during the filming of The Sartorial Naturalist.
Photo credit: Fraser Johnston