Design Canberra Festival Design Canberra Festival

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Biophilia: an innate and genetically determined affinity of human beings with the natural world. (E.O. Wilson – biologist,)

Meredith Woolnough’s embroidered traceries map the frameworks of various veining systems found in nature, creating artwork that explores the balance, harmony and connectivity of life on earth. Her process begins with extensive fieldwork and research into her subjects, building up a deep understanding of their anatomy and morphology. This is then translated into a stitched drawing, which acts as a man-made specimen built from thread.

Meredith’s stitched specimens are drawn with a domestic sewing machine onto a fabric that dissolves in water. This unique fabric acts as a temporary surface for the drawing and is eventually washed away leaving the sculptural, stitched drawing behind. These sculptural drawings are then carefully pinned in shadowboxes like preserved specimens.

In Biophillia, Meredith explores the small and often overlooked veining systems found in the humble leaf. Some pieces in the collection take the form of large-scale studies of the systems within individual leaf specimens, others are collections of hundreds of stitched leaves arranged in rhythmic forms. All of the works invite the viewer to look closer at nature and appreciate its delicate and robust beauty.

Meredith Woolnough is an award-winning visual artist currently residing in the coastal region of Newcastle, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Fine arts, (hons class 1), from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration (with distinction) from the University of Newcastle and a Masters of Teaching from the University of Sydney. Meredith is best known for her embroidered sculptures which are held in private, public and corporate collections worldwide. To see more of her work visit her website;


Mon 04 Nov 2019 —
Sun 24 Nov 2019
Past event
Ginkgo Leaf Mandala by Meredith Woolnough. Photo: supplied
Ginkgo Leaf Mandala by Meredith Woolnough. Photo: supplied