This silk satin handkerchief features the exquisite moonlit cryptic lichen and fungi detail – presented as mono-prints – from pressed Tasmanian rainforest specimens.
These Pseudocyphellaria billardierei and Usnea filipendula (Bearded Lichen) are pressed and then printed to illustrate some of the depth of interconnection amongst species, which we often miss. Lichens are a symbiosis of two or three fungi and an algae. Lichens can be used as a bio-indicator as it prefers to only grow in those regions where the air is clean, and of high quality. Lichens have been used in medicine, dying for textiles, cosmetics and fire starting.
“I’m not sure if this is an algae that found a home in a fungi, or a fungi that has enslaved an algae. But if I had to take a guess, I’d say it’s the fungus that’s the one in charge.” Tasmanian Geographic magazine
Deborah Wace is a botanical artist, fabric designer and professional printmaker from Tasmania. Through her highly detailed and intimate artwork she creates a window into the botany of Tasmania’s wild and often endangered plant communities including native orchids, rainforest, buttongrass and marine plants.
Deborah’s inspiration for her range is drawn from her extensive, private plant specimen collection, gathered and digitised over 30 years. She combines digital plant images with dry point and mono-print original artwork and etchings, which she layers to create her rich, complex botanical designs on fine fabric, wallpaper and a range of architectural substrates.
She is embedding sustainable plant specimen collection, production and printing processes into her work.