This silk satin handkerchief design consists of a layering of mono-printed leaves from the Lomatia tasmanica, shown here on a field of lichens in green tones.
Lomatia tasmanica is an incredible plant, critically endangered, surviving in one location in Southwest Tasmania. This plant has sterile flowers and regenerates by root suckering and coppice alone, due to its inability to produce seeds. The species is triploid (with three sets of chromosomes) which is rare in nature. Lomatia tasmanica has become, over thousands of years, one large clonal colony, and may be one of the oldest plants on earth. It remains critically vulnerable to fire and root rot pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi.
“The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) are successfully propagating Lomatia tasmanica to ensure its survival. I am grateful to the propagating curators at the RTBG for their kind access. You can find an interesting fact sheet on their website.” Deborah Wace
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.