SCULPTURAL EMBROIDERY: Meredith Woolnough at work.
SCULPTURAL EMBROIDERY: Meredith Woolnough at work.

Artist to share skills for sculptural embroidery

WHEN you think drawing, a sewing machine is not the first piece of equipment you think of.

However, for Newcastle artist Meredith Woolnough, a sewing machine is her main tool of the trade.

Meredith, who is part of the third Tamworth Textile Triennial Open House Exhibition, will be in Coffs Harbour on 19-20 January to present an artist tour on the Saturday and then teach her special form of sculptural embroidery on the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

The talented artist, who has been perfecting her craft for the past 12 years, said she fell into after needing something to major in during her university degree.

"I spent a good year learning about it - that was 12 years ago," Meredith, a mother of a young toddler, laughed.

What Meredith learned was how to use soluble material as a base to create art - using her sewing machine to draw the picture on the fabric which is then washed away.

It obviously fired her imagination as an artist because her university major is now her life and her work is displayed in more and more galleries.

And it seems she is keep to pass on her love for this form of machine embroidery. She will take part in an artist tour at the Gallery from 10.30am on January 18 before conducting her work shop over the next day and a half.

The technique-based workshop explores the unique embroidery processes that Meredith uses in her artworks and students can expect to create their own freestanding embroidered bowl. The cost for the two- day workshop will be $145 per person.

To book your ticket please go to Eventbrite-Meredith-Woolnough.

For more information on this BYO sewing machine event and on Meredith head to her website, meredithwoolnough.com.au or the site of the workshop hosts - Nesting Needles Patchwork and Fabric, go to nestingneedles.com.au.


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