Rae Woolnough 2017-07-27T02:07:36+00:00
  • Rae Woolnough
  • Rae Woolnough

Rae Woolnough

Rae’s experiments in felt making explore different techniques and textural directions. Using various processes, she creates artworks, vessels and sculptures that attempt draw the viewer in to closely examine and explore the finer details of each piece.

“The earth is a constant reminder to me of the mysteries of our existence.  It has witnessed aeons of change and speaks eloquently through its rocks and countless formations. Landscapes are recurring themes in my artworks, the textures and formations of rocks and vegetation are my main influences. I am intrigued by the irony of using the soft mediums of silk, fine fibres and felt to depict these hard forms.

The construction of felt is, in many ways, similar to some natural geological processes.  Friction, moisture, heat and pressure work together to meld fibres and create felt. The materials can be guided through the process – but never dictated – the outcome is always something new and often surprising.”

Artworks include natural products such as fine merino wool, alpaca, mohair and hand dyed silk and the techniques include shibori, geode and nuno felting.

Gallery/Other Contacts:

Phone: 0412 309803

www.artandtextiles.com

Rae Woolnough

The earth is a constant reminder to me of the mysteries of our existence. It has witnessed aeons of change and speaks eloquently through its rocks and countless formations. The landscape is a recurring theme in my work, the textures and formations of rocks and vegetation are my main influences. I am intrigued by the irony of using the soft mediums of silk and fine fibre to create felt that depict these hard forms.

The construction of felt is similar to some natural geological processes. Moisture and pressure work together to meld fibres and create felt. The fibres and materials can be guided through the felting process – but can never be dictated.”

Some of my highlights

Rae Woolnough’s love of art and textiles has been a life long passion. From sewing her first garment at eight years of age to designing and making her own wedding dress, there has always been a connection with textiles and design. She has studied photography, life drawing, painting, interior design, pottery, graphic design and Fine Arts at University. Rae re-discovered felting over a decade ago and has continuously experimented and researched felting and felt making, exploring new and different techniques and textural directions.
Rae focuses on the minute world of texture and natural formations. Her studio is full of photos she has taken of mosses, lichens, rock formations and the bark of trees. These textures constantly inspire her as she experiments with felt, silk and different fibres to re-create the look and feel of these objects. Rae enjoys the irony of using soft fibres to depict these often hard surfaces. She is particularly interested in ‘Shibori’ techniques and uses these techniques in her felting practice.
Rae exhibits her artwork regularly and some pieces are held in private collections internationally. She also enjoys jointly exhibiting with her daughter Meredith, also a fibre artist. Rae resides in The Hills district of Sydney, Australia, and her art studio backs onto natural bushland. She admits to spending too much time on her studio verandah, drinking tea, planning her next artwork, observing the wildlife and enjoying her surroundings.

Meet with Rae Woolnough at the NEXT EXHIBITION & ART TRAIL: 11 - 12 NOV 2017

A unique exhibition... Eight working studios... More than fifty Artists & Artisans...
All on a meandering country drive...