A silk satin handkerchief showing a combination of pressed plant specimen and mono-prints, from the pressings of the endangered Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera).
Commonly known as Giant Kelp, this plant can grow to 30 metres, creating dense giant kelp forest along the exposed coasts and deep water reefs of Tasmania. These giant forests support an incredible range of species and wildlife and are at dire risk of extinction from the rising sea temperatures along the coast of Tasmania.
“These are some of the tallest and largest aquatic plants on Earth. Tasmania’s endangered kelp forests are the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere and are world-renowned for their complex majesty. “
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.