Natalie Miller is an internationally recognised textile artist and known for her brightly coloured woven artworks.

 

Natalie is a registered architect and textile artist living in the beautiful Southern Highlands in Australia, an environment of constant inspiration. Natalie has been practicing as an architect/interior designer for the last 30 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. When she relocated from Sydney to the highlands 8 years ago, Natalie studied tapestry weaving at Sturt Art and Craft centre for a year and since then has studied tapestry each year at Kawashima textile school in Japan. Natalie had been working with macramé for 14 years, and now incorporates both disciplines into her artworks. She has been involved with numerous art/craft exhibitions and publications. Natalie has a studio at her Kangaloon property and now primarily focuses on hand dyeing and tapestry weaving.

 

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 architecture. Natalie tries to explore textiles and how they can transform into an architectural space and complement one another.

 

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 artworks. 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.

 

Natalie has made the biggest macramé chandelier in the world (two of them) in Pacific Place on Hong Kong Island for Chinese New Year. Natalie loves to work with other designers and architects for commercial installations in weaving and macramé 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 has also worked on the DreamWorks set for the movie 'Trolls 2' released in 2020 and interior collaborations with Anthropologie for Spring 2019. Her book 'Woven Color' which is filled with inspiration and 50 projects to make in Natural dyeing, weaving and macramé is released by the US publisher Welden Owen and released in mid 2020.

 

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 7 years around Australia, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Bali, and Thailand. She is part of leading textile and design adventures and creative retreats currently in Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia. To unite crafters around the world and bring back the beauty of handmade. 

STUDIES:

  • Completed HSC at MLC school in Sydney 1988

  • Studied Architecture at The University of New South Wales, Australia. B Arch UNSW 1993

  • Registered architect under the New South Wales Architectural Board #7464 1998

  • 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.

  • Studied ceramics at Sturt Art and Craft Centre for the year of 2014 / 2015.

  • Saori weaving at Saorinomori with Kenzo Jo, Osaka Japan, May and September 2017.

  • Natural dyeing and mud dyeing, Sumba, Indonesia 2019.

  • Tsuzure-Ori weaving  (tapestry weaving) at Kawashima textile school in Kyoto, Japan 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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

  • Natural dyeing with Kristine Vegar, Bali 2017. Author of the modern Natural dyer.

  • Shibori and resist dyeing with Julie Ryder. Intense week at Sturt Craft centre 2017

  • Shibori techniques, Kyoto Japan 2017

  • Natural dyeing with Masaaki Aoki, Kyoto, Japan. 2017.

  • Batik and Indigo in Sapa Vietnam 2018

  • Traditional Japanese Indigo dyeing at Buaisou, in Japan 2018.

 

TEXTILE ART PROJECTS:

COLLABORATIONS and COMMERCIAL ART PROJECTS

  • Romance was born, Fashion design with woven jackets 2015

  • Largest Macramé chandeliers in the world, Pacific Place, Hong Kong Chinese New Year 2016.

  • Wool Week 16, Doncaster shopping centre 2016.

  • The Mill, Bowral, Art installation for spring 2016.

  • Australia post campaign 2015/2016, Australia TV Commercial, Australia wide Billboards and media.

  • 5 star Phuket hotel, Thailand

  • Anthropologie USA collaboration for spring 2019

  • 'Trolls 2' movie set for DreamWorks USA, released in 2020.

  • Live large scale weaving installation for Wool week for 2018 at Westfield Sydney (centre point) May 24th - 27th 2018

  • 'Áll Birds' collaboration of custom made large weave for their Bondi beach pavilion during Sculptures by the Sea 2018.

  • Large weave for the flagship Gorman store in the Emporium, Melbourne. 2020

  • Large weave for a residential development 'The Fabric'for Mirvac, Altona North, Melbourne. 2019

  • Detailed weave for The University of Canberra. 2019

  • Many large woven commissions for private residences throughout Australia and the world.

 

EXHIBITIONS:

  • Robertson Show 2014 

  • DNA arts festival - Burrawang 2014

  • Koskela 'woven' Exhibition 20 June 2015

  • Thread and Colour, Paddington 2016

  • Ivy Muse Melbourne July 2017

  • Green Bridge Studios August/ September 2018 'Dream Weave Series'

  • Southern Highlands Á butcher, a baker and a bunch of makers'. Berrima Art Museum, Berrima Feb - August 2019

  • Australian tapestry workshop, finalist in the 2019 Kate Derum award.

 

BOOK:

  • 'Woven Color, published by US publisher Weldon Owen, due for release July 2019.' Includes weaving techniques and 50 projects.

 

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, 2017 and 2018

  • Women's Weekly July 2017

  • Creative Craft UK August 2017

  • Better Homes and Gardens Magazine Aug 2018 

  • Appeared on Better Homes and Gardens TV show with Tara Denis Aug 2018

  • Highlife Magazine, Southern Highlands Aug Sep 2018

 

ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS:

Bleu Design Pty Ltd (self-employed company) 1992 - current

  • New Environmental Residential home, 1881 Kangaloon road, Kangaloon including geothermal, off form concrete and polished concrete floors.

  • New Edison design for the Commonwealth Bank branches, over 50 full branches. 2012-2016

  • Over 3000 ATM and Commonwealth Bank branches and offsite bunkers.

  • CBA office fitouts on level 6 and mezzanine at 175 Pitt Street, Sydney.

  • CBA Business banking fit out including Wollongong on the new University Campus. 900m2.

  • Yalgar Street, Kirrawee fit out for A and P Parkes constructions. 12000m2

  • BSUP security upgrades to 40 Commonwealth Bank branches.

  • Bounce Hotel, Central, Sydney 2011 (voted best hostel in Australia 2013)

  • Mastercard and Coca Cola corporate suites at the Sydney football stadium.

  • Corporate suites for CBA at the Telstra Stadium and SCG.

  • Additions and alterations to dwelling, 31 Greenoaks Avenue, Darling point, 2007. Approved thru Woollahra Council 2008.

  • Additions and alterations to dwelling, 4 Cooper Street, Paddington.

  • New waterfront dwelling at Matthew Flinders Place, Burraneer Bay, 2007 approved thru Sutherland Shire Council.

  • Waterfront at Prices Circuit, Woronora, 2006 approved thru Sutherland Shire Council

  • Waterfront at Juvenis Avenue, Oyster Bay, 2005 approved thru Sutherland Shire Council

  • House at Gymea Bay, Completed 2006.

  • Interior joinery for Hawkins residence Coolong Ave, Vaucluse.

  • Terrace at Heely Street, Paddington. Completed 2005.

  • Childcare Centre and residence at Regatta Avenue, Lilli Pilli.

  • Semi at 46 Union Street, Paddington. Completed 2006.

  • House at 5 Adderstone Avenue, Kirribilli. Completed 2006.

  • Project Architect for heritage hotel, Como Hotel, Como NSW. Builders A & P Parkes Constructions

  • Project Architect for heritage building and interior design of The Como Hotel, Como. Builders, A & P Parkes Constructions pty ltd, Kirrawee

Conybeare Morrison International. 2002-2005

  • Initial sketch and full concept design of villas and facilities at Emirates Resort at Wolgan Valley.

  • Interior Design and project management of Conybeare Morrison Office fitout over 2 levels including 4 kitchens, 4 conference areas and workstations. 2003-05

  • Architecture of Houses B1-B5 at Babworth Estate, Darling Point.

  • Interiors of recreational and common areas of Babworth House, Babworth Estate, Darling Point.

  • Architecture and Interior design of the Gatehouse, Babworth Estate, Darling Point.

  • Master Planning and concept residential types for Bulli brickworks site.

  • Master Planning and concept residential types for Edgewood Estate, Woonona for the Village Building Company.

  • 16 houses Cherry Street, Edgewood Estate, Woonona.

  • Construction Certificate, Tender documentation and project Architect for 55 Sepp 5 homes, Edgewood Estate, Woonona.

  • Architect and Interior Architecture of 3 x shops and 3 residences, Ocean St, Woollahra. CC & Section 96 approved.

  • Architecture of Shop and residence to terrace, Hopetoun St, Vaucluse. DA approved.

  • Interior design of office fitout for the Sydney Symphony, William Street, East Sydney.

  • Architecture and Interior design of Wiesner residence, 11 The Barbican, Castlecrag.

  • Architecture of the Collingwood Hotel, Liverpool.

Davenport Campbell Architects 1999-2000
Interior architect of Wales House.
Radisson Plaza Hotel, Pitt Street, Sydney.

  • Interior design and documentation of bistro fax, hotel rooms, executive suites and presidential suites of the heritage building Wales House, occupied as the 5-star Radisson Hotel in Pitt Street, Sydney. Builder, Walter Constructions

Jackson Teece Chesterman Willis 1997-1999

  • Projects include the roundhouse Precinct at the University of New South Wales. The project included two bars, large public function areas, concert venues, conference rooms, office and cafeteria for the University Union. Builder, infinity Construction.

Davenport Campbell Architects 1995-1997

  • Projects include the design and documentation of the interior of a large-scale retail & entertainment complex in the Middle East. The project included an ice-skating rink, large public areas with voids, waterfalls, food courts, cinemas and retail components.

  • Additionally, I have worked on hotels and resorts in Malaysia, Rushcutters bay and City Grind Café, Sydney.

Cox Hiller Architects 1993-1995
Interior Architect

Star City Casino

  • Design, documentation and presentation architect/ interior architect. Areas worked on include restaurants, hotels and apartments. Suites and penthouse.

  • ‘Astral restaurant’, the fine dining restaurant on level 17, The Endeavor Room and recreation areas, which include the resort pool, spa and gymnasium areas.