The Wildling's current Featured Local Artist, Debbie MacInnis is a Santa Barbara resident who creates original art from plants that thrive in Southern California. Many pieces are created using a process called eco-printing. This process uses live plant materials that are placed onto natural fibers (silk or watercolor paper). The fibers are first prepared to allow the image of the plant to be “released” on the fiber when the fiber is subjected to heat and pressure. The color of the image depends on (1) the type of plant material (many will not print), (2) how the fibers are prepared, (3) the time of year when the plant materials are harvested, and (4) whether the fibers are colored before or after printing using natural dyes or other coloring materials. She also creates wall art using dead or dying cacti. The cacti are meticulously stripped of organic material so as to reveal the cactus’ delicate, intricate, skeletal system.
Debbie has 17 eco-print artworks, as well as mouse pads and greeting cards featuring her eco-print images for sale online and in our Museum Gift Store.