Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ethereal Threads : Textile Art

Meredith Woolnough is a beautiful talented young artist. Her current work is exquisite, stunning, engaging and awe inspiring. As you can see from the images, Meredith reproduces the beauty of nature in stitch – literally thousands of metres of embroidery thread stitched onto a background which is later dissolved. What remains is like a delicate “skeleton", but somehow with depth of colour, movement and strength. I think what is conveyed in Meredith’s work is overwhelmingly the love and reverence for her natural subject matter and her intimate knowledge of its structure.   

Meredith’s latest exhibition is called “Ethereal Threads”, superbly presented at Timeless Textiles.  It is a collection of framed fine art which demonstrates Meredith’s attention to the details of presentation – each of the large pieces is pinned to archer paper and the play of shadow on the paper enhances the beauty of each.  There are  finely detailed delicate bowls which invite you to lift them gently and admire every stitch in wonderment. I particularly love the smaller pieces floating in resin as if they have been captured just so we can have the pleasure of looking at them closely.   

I  met Meredith in March this year when she came along to help display the hundreds of paper dolls in the Wise Women exhibition at Timeless Textiles but have only been recently aware that Meredith has been taking out prizes for this beautiful work all over the country. Awards include the Winmalee Mixed Media Artist 2012 and the Port Stephens Fibre Artist 2012. None of this recognition  is surprising …. Meredith Woolnough’s art  “ reminds you that you have a soul.”

 The only other thing left to say is that if you are going to only one exhibition this year, make sure it is "Ethereal Threads" at Timeless Textiles Gallery  – not to be  missed. 
Make time to nurture your soul... 

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