Delicately woven leaves and corals emerge from the water, released from a soluble cloth. This is how Australian textile artist and teacher Meredith Woolnough creates her sculptural embroidery. Filmmaker Flore Vallery-Radot documents Woolnough’s process in this beautiful short film: The Embroidered Art of Meredith Woolnough.
Peek into Woolnough’s sketchbooks, browse over her brightly colored threads, get an up-close look as she embroiders her nature-inspired structures, and see how the cloth backing dissolves from the thread skeletons.
“Meredith’s elegant embroidered traceries capture the beauty and fragility of nature in knotted embroidery threads.”
“The work explores the sculptural possibilities of a unique drawing technique that utilises a domestic sewing machine and a base fabric that dissolves in water. Through a delicate system of tiny stitches Meredith creates intricate and complex openwork compositions that are then carefully pinned in shadowboxes like preserved specimens.”
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