Photo by Karen Miller

Inspiration Photo #30

 

What:  View of a golf course from my hotel room on my Birthday girls getaway weekend.

Why did this catch my eye:  Thought this was a terrific abstract photo.  The blob shapes within the golf course, the rim of snow, the green of the grass.  I found it a great study in shapes.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year

Inspiration Photo #29

 

What:  Reflection of branches on a wall.  (no matter what I tried I couldn’t get the photo to go upright so apologies that it is sideways!)

Why did this catch my eye:  I spent the weekend on a girls getaway to celebrate my recent Birthday.  The reflection of decorative branches on the wall of my hotel room caught my eye.  Reminded me so much of my current work with trees- capturing their skeletal form.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year

Around the World Blog Hop!

 

 

I was asked by my online friend and fellow Canadian fibre artist, Monika Kinner-Whalen, to participate in an International Artist’s Blog Hop. Many of you are probably familiar with Monika’s stunningly beautiful (and award-winning!) thread-painting art. But if you aren’t then be sure to check out her work on her website called My Sweet Prairie.   She did her blog post last week for the blog hop and you can read it here.

Karen Miller

Welcome to those who are not regular followers of my blog!  My name is Karen Miller and I am a hooked fibre artist living and working in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.  I have been making hooked fibre art pieces since 2008 and since that time I have seen my work undergo a lot of changes.  What started from a focus on whimsy and landscapes has developed into a love for abstractions of nature and a focus on forms.   Currently I am finding a lot of inspiration in the skeletal forms of trees.  I am enjoying exploring this concept and am looking forward to taking it to a new level with a new focus in 2015.

I currently have work on display in the juried “Prairies” fibre art show in Alberta, Canada and in a small group show called “Colours Caught in Fibre:  Rug Hooking Made Modern” in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.   I am looking forward to a second small group show next March in Toronto, Ontario and then I have my first solo exhibits coming up also in 2015.   My work has won several awards including a Viewer’s Choice Award in 2012 at the Hooked in the Mountains show in Vermont and my art was included in the book “Textileart Around the World” which was just published last month.

 

Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

Through the Trees by Karen Miller

In addition to my subject matter, another thing that I think sets my work apart from other hooked fibre artists is my love of texture. I am always trying to work in a bit of texture where I can in my pieces, from leather and beads to fluffy grasses. I want people to want to reach out and touch my work. If I see someone looking at one of my pieces and see them unable to resist reaching out and touching or stroking it then I know I have done a good job. Texture makes a piece come alive and it connects the audience to the message that I was trying to convey.

'Tree Fungi' by Karen Miller

‘Tree Fungi’ by Karen Miller

My creative process more often than not begins from a photo. I only make pieces from photos that I have taken. So for me the artistic process begins when I look through my viewfinder and compose the photo that I want to take. That photo then becomes the basis for the piece that I will create, whether it be a photo of my kids, a landscape scene, or something unusual in nature that inspires me.

 

Hooked art by Karen D. Miller

Ghost Trees by Karen Miller

I love doing something unusual and unexpected like the pieces found in my current series of trees.  I focus solely on the structure and main outline of the tree and keep my palette as minimal as possible.  This allows the strength and majesty of the tree to really shine through.  I think these pieces allow people to look at the things commonly found in their natural surroundings in a whole new way.

Hooked Rug by Karen D. Miller

Take a look around on my website and blog!  You can also find me on facebook here.

Next up on the blog hop is my friend Karen Larsen.  After falling in love with rug hooking in 2006, Karen began using her thirty-plus years of experience as a graphic designer to design and make patterns for hooked rugs.   She has had seven articles and projects in Rug Hooking Magazine with two more on the way.  She lives and breathes all things rug hooking!  She blogs at Crow’s Foot Farm Designs and she will be doing her blog hop post one week from today.

 

Thank you for visiting and thank you Monika for inviting me to participate!

 

Karen

 

 

Hooked fibre art by Karen D. Miller

Now at Harbour Grounds!

 

I found out yesterday that my “Postcards from Newfoundland: Northern Peninsula” piece had sold at the Harbour Grounds coffee shop in Corner Brook, Newfoundland! So up went a new piece! Now on exhibit and for sale is my “Moonlight in Twillingate”. If you are in the area, stop in for a coffee and check it out!

Karen

My New Baby!

 

No, no not THAT kind of baby! 😉

THIS kind of baby!

Yep, I got a Snapdragon frame.  It was an early Birthday present to myself.  This year is a BIG Birthday, so I figured it deserved a BIG present.  Am I right?

So, here is the new love of my life.  I am really enjoying the Snapdragon frame.  All reports that it works great with yarn are true.  It doesn’t rip out any of my loops when I move my piece around.

I also got a sit-on stand that was designed and handcrafted by my friend Gunda Gamble.  It is so comfortable and works great, allowing me to swivel the frame in any direction that I want when I am working.  I am SO happy!!

I think it is safe to say that I am in love.  🙂

Karen

Inspiration Photo #28

 

 

 

 

What:   A tree down by the Ottawa River.

Why did this catch my eye:  I think because I am coming off of the tail end of a tree phase in my art I am always looking at trees.  I really like all the branches on this one and the backdrop of the blue sky with the clouds really struck me also.  They work together nicely to create an interesting composition.

 

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year

Art Show Visited: An Auntie and Sister’s Pride

My name is Kirsten Miller and I’m currently enjoying a  visit with my sister Karen and her family.  After attending an art show a couple of days ago, I suggested to Karen that I submit a guest blog post to describe the show.  She graciously accepted my proposal so here it is, enjoy!

There is nothing like the thrill of a travel adventure, especially when it means being able to visit with family and friends! A couple of days ago I embarked on such an adventure and had a stopover in Nova Scotia to visit a good friend and young son.   I also had the opportunity, while in Nova Scotia, to stop in at Swoon Fine Art Gallery on Hammonds Plains Road.  This was a particularly special visit because my niece and my sister both have art on display at the ‘Kids At Heart’ Show which started on November 8th.  The essence of the show is for adult artists to find inspiration from children’s art.

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I can’t begin to express the feeling of overwhelming pride I had when I saw my niece and sisters art displayed together in the gallery! My niece drew her inspiration from a recent trip to Newfoundland to visit her Auntie.  We spent a couple of days at an old saltbox house in Twillingate where she was awed by a huge iceberg right outside our large picture window overlooking the ocean.  She chose to capture this iceberg at sunset with paint on canvas and named it “Iceberg Under Sunset”.  My sister, a very talented fibre artist, crafted her own rendition of my niece’s painting and transformed the iceberg at sunset into a beautiful rug hooked image with vibrant colours and various fibre textures.  She named this piece “Late Night Twillingate”.

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The gallery lights shone on both pieces perfectly as the deep blues and oranges in both pieces of art stood out against the deep red of the gallery walls. Meticulously placed beside each piece were labels identifying the title of the art and the artist’s name.  I toured the other show entries but kept coming back to stand, stare and take pictures of these two pieces, my heart bursting with pride at being auntie and sister to these two wonderful artists.

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I am so happy that I was able to visit this show and so excited that my niece, at such a young age, has already accomplished so much already in her life. She truly has a wonderful role model in her very talented mum and I couldn’t be anymore proud of them both.

Nothing builds self esteem and confidence like accomplishment and I look forward to seeing them both in many more art shows in the future. If you are in the Hammonds Plains Road area stop in at the gallery and check out all the fantastic art on display and for sale, especially look for the two icebergs at sunset!

 

Kirsten

Photo by Karen Miller

Inspiration Photo #27

Photo by Karen Miller

What:   A tropical plant at the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara, Ontario.

Why did this catch my eye:  Love the hot pink colour.  Love that the flowers are almost dripping from the plant.  Look at the leaves- great contrast of light green on dark.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.

Textileart Around the World

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If you follow me on  Facebook you will already know that this book has now been published.  But in case you don’t then I really want to let you know that this book has now been published!

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I received my copy of this wonderful hardcover book in the mail late last week and could hardly put it down.  Not that there is a lot to read per se, as each artist has only a short paragraph to describe their work.  But the photos, and the inspiration.  Wow!  So many talented textile artists within these pages.

I feel so fortunate to have a page in this beautiful book.  Highly recommend you get a copy!

Karen

Photo by Karen Miller

Inspiration Photo #26

Photo by Karen Miller

What:   Clouds!

Why did this catch my eye:   This just seemed like a really cool sky.  With big cotton-ball like clouds.  The textures are great, the patterns are great.   Loved it.

Karen

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I committed to posting 40 inspiration photos on the blog in 2014. The purpose of this exercise is to get me out of my comfort-zone: finding inspiration in my everyday surroundings. This series will continue throughout the year.