My Journey Timeline

I have been a practicing botanical artist, fabric designer and professional printmaker based in nipaluna/Hobart, Tasmania for more than 30 years. 

This is My Journey



Displayed luxury Deborah WACE garments, accessories, home wares and wallpaper in ARTBOX at Huonville. It was located next to the beautiful Swan mural by the Huon Hub. This showcase was open to be public throughout November.


Accepted an invitation to be the 2023 Art Ambassador for the Huon Valley Studio Art Trail, an exciting weekend providing open Artist studio visits and art sales throughout the Huon region (28 & 29 October).


Interviewed on local ABC 936 Radio by Joel Rineburger about the Huon Valley Studio Art Trail, joined by local artist Nicholas Iceton (26 October).


Article in The Mercury Newspaper about the Huon Valley Studio Art Trail. I was featured as its Art Ambassador (23 October).


Created a short film with cinematographer Michael Gissing to tell the story of my bespoke botanical artwork being designed and installed on the underside of the Van Diemen’s Band harpsichord lid.


Interviewed about the Harpsichord and the design creation on ABC 936 Drive Show radio program by Presenter, Lucy Breaden.


Feature article in The Mercury showcasing the Van Diemen’s Band harpsichord and my botanical design, and talking about the launch with the Minister for the Arts Elise Archer.


The bespoke artwork I created for the underside of the lid of the Van Diemen’s Band’s harpsichord was officially unveiled at the Hobart Town Hall Ballroom (21 August).


Opened my Deborah WACE studio in Hobart up to the Beaker Street Crawl as part of the Beaker Street Festival. My theme: Plant Advocacy through Fabric Design (5 August).


Interviewed on radio 3CR Earth Matters program for a podcast on kelp forests: Valuing the worlds disappearing kelp forests


Feature article in The Mercury detailing my art’s practice and donation of nature-inspired extra-large European flax linen cushion covers to Landcare Tasmania’s Fundraising Art Auction.


Invited to participate in ‘Times Square Fashion Week’ New York being held 10-12 September, as part of an Australian Designers contingent.


Deborah WACE Marketing Brochure won the ‘Digital Design: brochure’ category  in the prestigious 9th Annual Diemen Awards for design undertaken by Angela Pelizzari. The brochure production team included:


  • Herbarium sheets, plant specimens, original printmaking: Deborah Wace.




  • Copywriter & Content Architecture: Desirée Sheehan.


Article in seaweednews.com about myself and other artists exhibiting in ‘On the Edge: Species at Risk’ exhibition held at the Lion Gate Lodge Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (March).


Interviewed on ABC Radio National’s ‘The Science Show’ about the pieces I exhibited in the ‘On the Edge: Species at Risk’ exhibition (March).


Exhibited my Giant Kelp Forest and Lomatia tasmanica range in the ‘On the Edge: Species at Risk’ exhibition held 18 March -2 April at the Lion Gate Lodge Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (March).


During a 6-day Impact Safari through the takayna/Tarkine I showcased my work as a botanical artist bringing wild Tasmania into luxury designer products to 25 people during a unique and intimate leadership journey for those looking for transformational experiences in some of the world’s most hidden and powerful places. It was run by Small Giants Academy in partnership with the Bob Brown Foundation and Patagonia (March).


Produced the slow motion ‘Threated Species Dance’ video. Dancers wrapped in swathes of silk featuring Lomatia tasmanica, seaweed and kelp designs from rare and endangered Tasmanian flora move to music created by Linsey Pollak & Lizzie O’Keefe (March).


Exhibited work in ‘Beneath the Surface: Seaweed-inspired art’ exhibition held 19-24 February at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies – IMAS, Hobart.


Designed licensed artwork to adorn ‘Sister Hives Australia’ global beekeeping record participation certificates. The call for ‘Most Photos of Women+ Beekeeping Uploaded in 24 Hours’ brought together participants from 25 countries (Feb).


Seaweednews.com featured an article about my seaweed design bodysuits being worn during the International Seaweed Symposium 2023.


My seaweed lycra body suits were modelled by three NZ marine scientists presenting at the ‘International Seaweed Symposium 2023’, Hobart. The suits, designed by Celyna Ziolkowski to resemble Leafy Sea Dragons, were created for ‘The Sartorial Naturalist’ (Feb).


Gave a modelled presentation of my fabric designs, new garments and showed film content of my arts practice at a private dinner for an established Tasmanian Ladies Club, Hobart (Feb).


Interviewed by Huon & Kingston FM local radio in ‘Local Vocal’ segment (Feb).


Commissioned to produce cushions featuring intricate wild and endangered Tasmania flora designs for On Board Tasmanian Expedition Cruises 24-meter catamaran ‘Odalisque III’, which travels Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour waterways in remote southern Tasmania (Jan).



Red and green seaweed collection featured in Issue 88 of Green Magazine, Australia’s leading sustainable design publication (Nov).


Accepted to exhibit artwork in ‘On the Edge: Species at Risk’ in March 2023 to be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.


Became a Member of WCEI-Women Chief of Enterprise International, Tasmanian branch.


Created cover artwork for the novel ‘Daughter of the Plateau’ by Karen Harrland: Forty South Publishing.


Featured in Broadsheet x Tourism Tasmania magazine: 50,000 print run Sydney + Melbourne.


Delivered a presentation at the Australian Garden History Society ‘Landscape on the Edge: Challenge and Opportunity,’ conference held in Hobart 11-13 November 2022.


Featured on ABC TV Gardening Australia ‘Down my Garden Path’ a 7.5min segment on my arts practice and the genesis of my designs. Screened 3 June 2022.


Developing the under-lid design to be installed on new Harpsichord being built for the Van Diemen’s Band, Tasmania.


Photographic shoot in collaboration with Amy Brown-photographer, Angela Pelizzari-stylist, to capture the ‘Sartorial Naturalist’ range for the Deborah Wace international market portfolio.


Article about my work published in the Australian Garden History Journal, Vol.33, No.4: ‘A Wild Garden in remote Tasmania: In the footsteps of Labillardière’.


Recipient of a Nina Crone Writing Fund Grant from AGHS.


Started work with Desirée Sheehan with a focus on marketing and communicating my work, my passion and my history to the world.


Engaged STSC to produce highly sustainable fabrics, closing the loop on my environmental ethos for production.


The ‘Sartorial Naturalist’ screened at FlickerFest in Cygnet, Tasmania (March).


Grant recipient: Export Market Development Grant – Forging pathways to international markets.


Solo show at Wild Island Gallery, Hobart.



Premiere of the ‘Sartorial Naturalist’ at my exhibition of all elements, fabrics and
wallpapers across 9th Floor of 65 Murray St, Hobart (18-22 June 2021). Opened by: French Consul to Tasmania.


Filmed the ‘Sartorial Naturalist’ – a multiform art collaboration of nationally and internationally recognised design, cinematic, post production, musical composition and dance professionals to capture the beauty and fragility of some of Tasmania’s endangered flora.


Engaged Jess Adams from Adamsography as article researcher and media assistant.


Awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Project Grant for ‘The Sartorial Naturalist’ project.


Awarded an Arts Tasmania/ Screen Tasmania Grant for ‘The Sartorial Naturalist’ project.


Grant recipient: New Work for New Markets – New Tasmanian botanical fabric designs for international licensing and marketing.


The Monthly Magazine article by Keely Jobe: The Orchid Eye.


Filmed for inclusion in Gardening Australia TV show : ‘Down my Garden Path’ segment.



My Tasmanian botanical silk scarves were presented to key speakers and highly respected journalists and ABC TV stars Virginia Trioli and Caroline Jones, at the ‘Women in Media’ launch at MONA.


Published article: Forty South Magazine ‘The Artist & the Ancient’ by Rayne Allinson.



ABC 936 radio interview with Helen Shield (August).


Peter Cundall – Churchill Fellow, launched my new Botanical Arts and Fabric studio on Level 9, 65 Murray Street, Hobart.  Jazz band and filmed interviews included.


Moved into my new Botanical Arts and Fabric studio on Level 9, 65 Murray Street, Hobart.


Featured article in ‘Fagus’ – Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens magazine.



‘Fabric of Botany’ film premiere, State Cinema plus showcase exhibition.


ABC Radio National interview with Catherine Zengerer (November).


‘Bon Voyage? 250 Years Exploring the Natural World’ summer meeting of the Society for the History of Natural Historyand AGM in association with the British Ornithologists’ Club, at World Museum Liverpool (14-15 June).


Travelled to Florence, Paris and London herbariums to view the Type Specimen collections as part of my Churchill Fellowship.


Conducted my five day Arts Residency on the North East Peninsula of Recherche Bay, far South Tasmania.


‘Morphology of Desire’, solo show, Wild Island Gallery.


Featured article: Tasmania +, The Tasmanian Magazine Issue #4: Weaving Threads of Art & Science.



Awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the early French botanical historical collections from Tasmania, held in herbaria in Europe.


Group show, Wild Island Gallery.


Exhibition: Elemental Art Space Gallery, Deloraine.


Exhibition: Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery.


Exhibition stall at Blooming Tasmania, Launceston.


Winner of ‘Best New Stall’ – Deloraine Craft Fair, Tasmania.



Solo exhibition, Westwinds Community Centre.


Solo show, Wild Island Gallery, Hobart.


‘Tarkine in Motion Exhibition’, Long Gallery.


Curation and performance at – Tarkine Commotion, Peacock Theatre Salamanca.



‘Art of the Wild Tasmanian Orchid’ – a short film about me and my arts practice by Leonie Fahey.


Exhibition, Kingston LINK.


Joint orchid works show, Kingston Beach Arts Hub.



‘Osmosis’, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart.


Hobart City Mission Exhibition, Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart.


Solo Exhibition, Magnolia 73, Hobart.



Design Showcase, Sustainable Living Festival, PW1, Hobart.


The Art of Christmas – Menzies Research Institute Exhibition.


Parnella Gallery, St Helens, Orchid Etchings and botanical wall friezes.


‘Artists Behind the Action’, Church Studio Gallery, Franklin.



Opening of new studio, Hobart. Opened by: Brian Ritchie.


‘Register’, Print exhibition S.P.A.C.E. Scotch Oakburn College, Tasmania.


Burnie Print Prize exhibition, BRAG, Burnie, Tasmania.



Presentation of etching works, Junction National Regional Arts Conference, Launceston, Tasmania.


Re-located to Hobart from Lune River, Tasmania.



‘Understorey Network Touring Exhibition’, around Tasmania (TRA).

Beyond Buttongrass, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Opened by: Senator Bob Brown.




‘Buttongrass – far from plain’,  Eucalypt Cafe, Port Arthur, Opened by: Melva Truchanas.

‘Tasmanian Wildflower Spectacular’, City Hall, Hobart.




Ogilvie High school – Playful Pavers Project. Co-ordination/ teaching for 80m of cast mosaic pavers.


Celebrated the culmination of several years community direct action and work to protect the N.E. Peninsula of Recherche Bay.




Meander Primary School Tasmania – Mosaic fronts piece.


Hastings Caves Visitors Centre Tasmania – backlit agate & fern fossil mosaic.




Salamanca Arts Centre – Mosaic Courtyard Development.




Clarence City Council – Lauderdale Canal Skateboard Park Project – Mosaics.

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