Meredith Woolnough is an Australian artist working in the coastal region of Newcastle NSW. Her practice engages with the natural environment utilising the skeletal frameworks of flora and fauna as the basis of her own embroidered specimens. Threads are densely stitched into freeform sculptures that are carefully pinned to paper or set in resin preserving them as delicate handmade artifacts. Her work explores themes of the interconnectedness of living things and environmental degradation.
Conversation with the Makers(CWTM) Did you always envision a life as an artist?
Meredith Woolnough(MW) As a child I always wanted to be artist and I feel so lucky that this is my job now. Sometimes it feels to good to be true.
CWTM What was your first experience with making art?
MW Homemade playdough creatures – I remember making lots of snakes and echidnas with toothpick spines. I also remember eating my fair share of playdough … not sure if that’s a good thing or not.