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Meredith Woolnough

Colour In Your Life Meredith Woolnough

Featured artist Meredith Woolnough appeared on Colour In Your Life Season Four (4). Read a little bit about the artist here and support our site by joining and watching the episode below.

Meredith Woolnough is a visual artist that works and lives near the coastal region of Newcastle, NSW. Her practice engages with the natural environment utilizing the skeletal frameworks of flora and fauna as the basis of her own embroidered specimens. Threads are densely stitched into free-form sculptures that are carefully pinned to paper or set in resin preserving them as delicate handmade artifacts. Her work explores themes of the inter-connectedness of living things and environmental degradation.

Meredith studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts (first-class honors) at the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts.

Meredith’s elegant embroidered traceries capture the delicate beauty of nature in knotted embroidery threads. Through a delicate system of tiny stitches, she creates intricate and complex openwork compositions that are then carefully pinned in shadowboxes, just like preserved specimens.

The work maps the frameworks of the various veining systems found in nature to create work that explores the balance, harmony, and connectivity of life on Earth. Inspired by the patterns, structures and shapes found in plants, coral, cells, and shells Meredith’s embroideries represent both the robust beauty and elegant fragility of life.

Meredith is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist from Newcastle, Australia. Her work is held in public, private, and corporate collections worldwide.

Meredith has also appeared in the following (but not limited to) exhibitions:

  • Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2015. Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Vic – 2015
  • Stitched Specimens, Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral – 2015
  • Artisans in the Garden, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens – 2015
  • Small, Medium, Large, Newcastle Gallery collective, Newcastle – 2015
  • Solo exhibition, foyer space, Tamworth Regional Gallery – 2014
  • Solo exhibition’ The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowra – 2014

You can contact Meredith Woolnough directly via her website at

Episode: S04E08

Original Air Date: 28th April 2013

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