about Natalie

Natalie Miller and Kenzo Jo, Saori Master weaver in Japan 2017
Natalie Miller weaving in her studio: photo by Annabelle Hickson
naturally dyed australian wool by Natalie Miller
Natalie Miller is a registered architect, interior designer, and textile artist living in the beautiful Southern Highlands an environment of constant inspiration. Natalie has been practicing as an architect / interior designer for the last 25 years and has worked extensively with interiors particularly with textiles, carpet and fabric design throughout her career. She has had a lifetime of design and creating from small projects to large scale resorts and shopping centres. She was surrounded by textiles as a child as her mother a professional dressmaker and grandmother a spinner, knitter and weaver. When she relocated from Sydney to the highlands 6 years ago, Natalie studied tapestry weaving at Sturt Art and Craft centre. Natalie had been working with macramé for 12 years, and now incorporates both disciplines into her artworks. She has been involved with numerous art / craft exhibitions and publications. Natalie has a studio in Moss Vale, Green Bridge Studios and now primarily focuses on hand dyeing, tapestry weaving and macramé.
Natalie focuses on the importance of the act of making.  She has a very big drive to make and believes to make something every day is important to her. She loves to explore the different techniques of textiles, especially in weaving and macramé. Natalie also does most of her work with her hands and feels like tools should never dominate. 
Textile art has an enormous relationship with interior spaces. I love to explore textiles and how they can transform into an architectural space and complement one another. My tapestries and artworks are filled with many different brightly coloured wools and ropes that I have hand dyed myself whether that be with wool dyes or natural dyes. They add energy and vibrancy with colour and texture to any interior.
Natalie is extraordinarily passionate about colour and her life has revolved around colour. Natalie explores and experiments with the palette, when hand dyeing her wool and creating her brightly coloured art works. Natalie is in love with all colours and the way they work together, especially the way natural colours work magically together. She believes all colours work together and is certainly not afraid to experiment. Natalie hand dyes all her wool and fabric from Australian grown and milled wool in natural dyes and Australian wool dyes. Most of her designs and artwork has always involved many combinations of colours throughout my career as an architect and artist.

Natalie made the biggest macrame chandelier in the world (two of them) in Pacific Place on Hong Kong Island for Chinese New Year in 2016. Natalie loves to work with other designers and architects for installations in weaving and macrame for commercial and hospitality projects around our globe. She has been involved with collaborations with other artists for art installations and fashion labels including 'romance was born' and the Woolmark company,

Natalie is looking forward to focusing on residential and commercial art installations worldwide that involve either a full design brief and collaborations with other architects and designers for art projects. Please contact Natalie at bleu2@bigpond.com if you have an exciting project, would like a commissioned artwork or would like to work together on a collaboration.
Natalie has also extensively travelled throughout her lifetime through Asia and Europe and has taken an interest in art, architecture, textiles and design. Her travels heavily influence her work and design. She takes interest into the way different cultures around the world dye, weave and create textiles.
Natalie has been teaching weaving and macramé for the last 5 years around Australia, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Bali and Thailand. She is part of leading textile and design tours and creative retreats currently in Japan,India and Bali. To unite artists and crafters around the world and bring back the beauty of hand making. 

STUDIES:
  • Studied Architecture at The University of New South Wales, Australia. B Arch UNSW 1993
  • Registered architect under the New South Wales Board #7464
  • Practiced Architecture and Interior Design for the past 25 years, including hospitality, commercial and residential.
  • During my career I have worked for firms including Phillip Cox, Bates Smart, Davenport Campbell and Conybeare Morrison.
  • Studied tapestry weaving at Sturt Art and Craft Centre for the year of 2012/13.
  • Studied ceramics at Sturt Art and Craft Centre for the year of 2014 / 2015
  • Saori weaving at Saorinomori with Kenzo Jo, Osaka Japan 2017
Short courses include :
  • Photography, camera craft 1, 2 and 3 at the Australian Centre of Photography in Paddington 2007 & 2008
  • Batik dyeing in Ubud, Bali 2016.
  • Natural dyeing of wool, Kawashima textile school. Kyoto, Japan. 2016
  • Shibori and resist dyeing with Jule Ryder. Intense week at Sturt Craft centre 2017
  • Shibori techniques, Kyoto Japan 2017
COLLABORATIONS and COMMERCIAL ART PROJECTS:
  • Romance was born, Fashion design with woven jackets
  • Largest Macrame chandeliers in the world, Pacific Place, Hong Kong
  • Wool Week 16, Doncaster shopping centre.
  • The Mill, Bowral, Art installation for spring.
  • Australia post campaign 2015/2016, Australia TV Commercial, Australia wide Billboards and media.
EXHIBITIONS:
  • Robertson Show 2014 - First and second prize in hand weaving
  • DNA arts festival - Burrawang 2014
  • Koskela 20 June 2015
  • Thread and Colour, Paddington 2016
  • Ivy Muse Melbourne July 2017
MEDIA:
  • The Design Files September 2014
  • Jetstar on flight magazine (Australia and Asia) June - July 2014
  • Uppercase magazine (Canada)  2015
  • Highlife Magazine (Southern highlands) Feb 2015
  • Country Style Magazine May 2015
  • Elle decoration March 2016
  • Jetstar on flight magazine (Australia and Asia) August 2016
  • Home Beautiful Oct 2016
  • Instyle Magazine Nov 2016
  • Cover of Ashford magazine 2016/2017
  • Flo Magazine 2017
  • Woolmark magazine 2016 and 2017
  • Womens Weekly July 2017
  • Creative Craft UK August 2017


giant chandelier in Pacific Place, Hong Kong

wool week 16 - installation at Westfield Doncaster for the Woolmark Company

wool week 16 - installation at Westfield Doncaster for the Woolmark Company
photo by Cory White for Australia Post
woven piece made in collaboration with romance was born











Photo credit: Felix Forest courtesy of Country Style magazine

photo credit: Rachel Kara courtesy of the Design files
photo credit: Rachel Kara courtesy of the Design files