This silk satin handkerchief is a fantastical blend of herbarium samples of Billardiera longiflora (Purple Apple-berry), combined with mono-print techniques on a duck egg blue field.
Billardiera longiflora (Purple Apple-berry) was first described by and named after JJH Labillardiere the French Naturalist aboard the d’Entrecasteaux expediting to Australia in 1791-3. This delightful climbing vine has long yellow/green flowers with purple markings and pink/purple berries which encase many seeds. The berry is also edible.
“Here I have used my original printmaking work to show portals into the landscape where you might find Billardiera longiflora.” 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.