A Rich Sense of Place
Deborah Wace, artist and print maker, amateur botanist, history lover, ecological activist, teacher, musician. Deborah’s style is influenced by the botanical collections of the 1792 French D’Entrecasteaux Scientific Expedition to southern Tasmania, including naturalist J J H Labillardiere who authored Novae Hollandiae Plantarum Specimen- the first Flora of Australia. She explores the wild botany of Tasmania, maintaining an extensive pressed plant herbarium and a plant print collection, digitised to create innovative contemporary Australian designs for fashion and architectural canvasses.
Deborah creates etchings and dry print plates depicting the precious and threatened native orchids, the wild button grass plant communities and deep rain forests, then transposes them into gorgeous works of art on paper and beautiful silks, chiffon and linen.
Drape, hang, wear, wrap and share works of art that are inspired by nature …
Nature Meets Style
Deborah has spent many years living amongst the wild button-grass plains and the deep rain-forests of Tasmania, collecting specimen’s (sustainably and with permissions) for pressing, etchings and developing dry-point plates of Native Orchids.
She has worked to protect the locality of Recherche Bay in the far south of Tasmania, using her art and music as a vehicle for social change, helping a community to protect and conserve a historical landscape rich in culture and botanical history.
Deborah volunteers at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens with the Orchid Conservation program to help endangered species to be germinated, grown and nurtured in the laboratory before being planted in the wild to rejuvenate the population.
Her specimen collection has grown over the years into a significant archive of immense beauty forming a unique record of Tasmania’s botanical heritage, including many threatened and endangered species. This collection links to the European Herbarium Historical Holdings from Tasmania and presents these in a contemporary setting. Deborah is exploring fashion and fabric design to bring awareness to important cross cultural, historical and conservation issues.
The Churchill Fellowship
Deborah has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship that will allow her to access and reinterpret the botanical specimens and print collections located in Paris, Florence, Le Havre and Kew from the d’Entrecasteaux and Baudin expeditions to Tasmania into contemporary cultural motifs and Australian designs.
Follow Deborah on her Churchill Fellowship trip through her Journal.