I'm Meredith Winn, a maker of block printed textiles.
I create hand pressed textiles in small batches, and work from my home studio. The art of block print makes me want to beautify every item of clothing in my wardrobe and every textile in my home. This is life: how we wear it, witness it, and wrap our bodies in it.
My prints are often created on an island off the coast of Maine, and yet they find themselves out in the wild, after traveling miles through the mail, living in the homes and on the bodies of humans across all borders. This thought never ceases to thrill me! The threads that connect us artist to artist and human to human, are what make this whole world spin round.
When you're on the receiving end of an item made with my two hands, I believe we forge a connection. And I'm so thankful for all the connections I've made online. You may know me through social media: from my old blog, from the Shutter Sisters community, from a writing or photography retreat I taught at in person or online years ago. Some of you know me from my years spent as an editor for Taproot Magazine, or from reading my words in the pages of photography magazine articles I've written throughout my career. Some of you connected with me through motherloss or dementia or grief or cancer or block prints or hashtags. I'm thankful for all the paths that have brought us a connection. I'm so glad you and I are both here to experience it.
I discovered block printing accidentally, during cancer recovery in 2016/2017. When my mind cleared and my energy returned, I found myself creating things with my hands. I draw all my designs, carve my blocks, and press each print by hand. The process of block printing is very much like meditation for me, and I believe there's a direct connection forged between artist and product made with my hands and intentions.
My line of blue moon undies, root chakra undies and heart chakra bralettes were born directly from my need to process health, wellness, feminine identity, and self care as I continue to journey through my cancer recovery as a woman, mother, and artist. And it's this processing that continues to unfold in the new block print designs I create.
I love bold color and minimalist retro-inspired designs. I strive to surround myself with thoughtful items in my home, and I hope to create products that are mindful, beautiful, and functional for you. When I reached my 700th sale on etsy last year, I decided to move my shop to my website and now here I am.
I divide my time between mountains and sea. When I'm not living the quiet life in a cottage on an island three miles off the coast of Portland, Maine, my blended family and I (my husband, three teenage boys, two cats, and one dog) live in a yurt on twenty acres in the foothills of western Maine.