Simple Lines

Kathy Miller's quiet aesthetic

Kathy Miller’s introduction to design came early in life. As a child, she observed both her father, a draftsman, and her grandfather, a carpenter create from line drawings to actual construction. This early experience and natural tendency of keen observation led her to studies in graphic arts and architecture. Her career has always centered on some form of graphic art— from working at an engineering firm’s art department, co-founding a soft sculpture pattern firm, producing drafts for an architect, and as a graphic designer.

In a 2006 interview with the Beach & Bay Press, Miller said, “I was fortunate to have worked in these fields to see how objects of utility are designed and created. It was through these valuable experiences experiences that a I developed a love of ‘the line.”

Lines are prevalent in Miller’s work. Inspiration is heavily drawn by traditional Japanese crafts. How to Wrap Five Eggs a book about Japenese influenced her approach to art.  In her artist’s statement she notes that her work’s initial inspiration from line resolves in a host of ways, “…rhythmic threads of hand twisted text, the contours in the directional fall of horse hair, the outline of a curved piece of metal. Working intuitively, I often twist, wrap, and weave to build on these principles. I strive to structure all of these elements as a poet arranges words, and to capture an ethereal and serenely quiet aesthetic – ​one that questions and challenges the viewer in ways of seeing and thinking.”

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