A light iron and vinegar mordant were used to make this red hibiscus flower from my garden turn blue and the green eucalyptus leaves turn greenish black. The use of high pressure on the plant materials during the eco-printing process leave very fine detail in the flower petals and stamen. The dreamy background was created by boiling the image during printing. Housed in a black mat with a black and gold frame make for an intriguing 11” x 14” image.
The Wildling Museum is excited to welcome Debbie MacInnis as its current Featured Local Artist and to offer her artwork and eco-print products online and in its Museum Gift Store.
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's artworks are available for pick-up only (from the Wildling Museum in Solvang, CA) after online purchase. All artwork is sold framed. The unframed image is a clearer representation of the artwork itself, while the framed image -please excuse the glare - is included to show you the artwork as you would be purchasing it.