Assignment 3: Research – Meredith Woolnough


Meredith Woolnough is a free machine embroiderer extraordinaire.  Add to this her clever mounting techniques and the result  is a body of work that showcases my course theme of Reveal & Conceal to perfection.

As a practicing visual artist, Meredith  focuses a large part of her attention on the natural environment especially the skeletal frameworks of flora and fauna which she reproduces in a most delicate form resembling filigree sculptures.


MW4aAn Australian, living on the NSW coastline, Meredith regularly exhibits and sells her work and also produces pieces on commission.

Her website explains that much of her work explores themes of interconnectedness of living things and environmental degradation and her website attests to that.  Her on-line gallery is split into three sections entitled Ocean Series, Land Series and Lace Series, each with exquisite examples of free machined artworks.

The Lace Series has evolved from her studies of traditional lace and filigree patterns and is mainly produced using black thread creating quite dramatic pieces of work.

Along with her free machining skills she also has an excellent eye for photography and has captured the ethereal essence of many of her works with strategic lighting and mounting techniques.  This is particularly evident with the presentation of her bowls and vessels.

MW3bMW3aWithin her work we see a dimensionality not just from the pieces themselves but also from the shadow-play created by the stitched  patterning and mounting arrangement.


On occasion Meredith sets her smaller pieces in resin.  These exquisite fragile pieces are suspended, within this clear medium and, again, clever lighting provides life and shadow.

Photographs supplied by Meredith Woolnough.
Some text taken from her website with permission.


About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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