My Journey Timeline

2022 Invited to speak at the Australian Garden History Society -‘Landscape on the Edge: Opportunity and Challenge,’ conference in Hobart on 11-13 November 2022. Conference bookings open in May. 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…

The XX Chromosomes of Botany

When people see a flower, most won’t see it as a gendered symbol. However, in a plant’s practical way, that is just what a flower is. The science of botany likewise has a male and female side, with great contributions from both genders. Women’s contribution to human knowledge and management of flora has a long…

A wild garden in remote Tasmania

Life is a garden…all of that constant curating, planting, weeding, leaving fallow, the intensive bed preparation, seed sowing and productivity. The sharing of food produce and making of friends. The observations gleaned over a lifetime of looking after soil and caring for ecosystems. Yes, life is a garden! Please enjoy this article published in the…

Churchill Fellowship: unique opportunity

During 2017-18, I travelled overseas to study the early French botanical historical collections from Tasmania, which are held in European herbaria. My Churchill Fellowship was a very unique experience that has helped shaped the prints I now produce. My Churchill Fellowship, to develop artwork and fabric design from European botanical collections of French expeditions to…

The ‘Sartorial Naturalist’: thank you!

In 2021 Tasmanian botanical artist, Deborah Wace, led a multiform art collaboration of nationally and internationally recognised design, cinematic, post production, music and dance professionals to capture the beauty and fragility of some of Tasmania’s endangered flora. Thanks goes to all those who were involved. ‘What an inspiring team effort it was. From the pre-production…

Media release

The ‘Sartorial Naturalist’ project brings wild and endangered flora into sharp focus. One of Australia’s leading botanical artists will lead a multiform art collaboration of nationally and internationally recognised design, cinematic, post production, music and dance professionals to capture the beauty and fragility of some of Tasmania’s endangered flora. Renowned textile artist Deborah Wace has…

Recherche Bay Arts Residency film

This is a short film by Joe Shemesh from my Arts Residency on the North East Peninsula of Recherche Bay, far south Tasmania, 2018. It was filmed just before I travelled to Europe to view the Type Specimen record collections in Florence, Paris and London Herbariums; as part of my Churchill Fellowship. This is the…

The Finest Details: Etching Tasmanian Plants

You may enjoy this article if you would like to read more about my botanical history, my fascination and love of wild Tasmanian orchids, and my etching and printing processes. Here is an excerpt: Bearded orchid print – Calochilus robertsonii: studying and drawing the orchids under the microscope enables me to enter a fabulous world of…

Women in Media launch: MONA

Women in Media is a not-for-profit organisation run by working women who volunteer their time to empower, support and inspire women across the country. On 4 August 2020 the launch of this organisation took place at MONA.  I was proud to have two of my Tasmanian botanical silk scarves presented to the key speakers at…

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