Meredith Strauss began her love of textiles as a young child learning to knit and crochet from her grandmother. After years of exploring on her own, she earned an undergraduate degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1978. Additionally, she spent one year weaving in San Miguel Allende, Mexico and her junior year abroad in Stockholm, Sweden at Handarbetets Vanner. Upon graduation, Meredith moved to Los Angeles where she completed her Masters Degree at the University of California at Los Angeles. Further research during this time took her to Peru and Bolivia on a travel and research grant.
Upon completion of her degree in 1983, Meredith pursued exhibiting large scale weavings both nationally and internationally, including Japan, Switzerland, the Philippines, Turkey and Korea. Meredith has completed many private and public corporate art commissions and is included in the collections of AT&T, Hilton Hotels, Hallmark Cards, Chevron’s Corporate Headquarter, Stanford University and the Rhode Island School of Design. In the 1980’s, Meredith began teaching part time, first at the American College, later at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise, Woodbury University in Burbank and El Camino College, where her classes include Textiles, Weaving, Textile Design and World Textiles. A highlight in her teaching career has been leading travel abroad courses to Italy, Turkey, Thailand and Uzbekistan.