Handmade Design: Natalie Miller Design


I have been following Australian fiber artist Natalie Miller on Instagram for some time. Her account takes you on a colorful journey of hand-dyed yarns, tapestries and macrame.

Both her work and story are inspirational. Natalie is an architect and interior designer turned artist. She traded in her life in Sydney for the picturesque Southern Highlands. Here she built her dream home and went from architect to artist!

Natalie Miller

Natalie Miller Studio, photo by Rachel Kara for The Design Files

Natalie Miller

Natalie Miller Studio, photo by Rachel Kara for The Design Files

Natalie Miller Fiber Art

Photo by Natalie Miller

Like many of us, Natalie felt that she wasn’t being creative enough. So she began to focus on a career as a fiber artist. She says “if I am not making things I don’t feel fulfilled. I find craft is very satisfying and meditative.”

So what inspires her? She is inspired by the Southern Highlands environment, colors and textures. Natalie says of her craft, “I love to explore the different techniques of textiles, especially in weaving and macrame. Textile art has an enormous relationship with interior architecture. I try to explore textiles and how they can transform into a architecture space and compliment one another.”

Natalie Miller

Photo by Natalie Miller

Natalie Miller Macrame

Photo by Natalie Miller

Natalie Miller

Photo by Natalie Miller

Natalie’s most stunning design are two macrame chandeliers, the biggest in the world. She made these amazing chandeliers for the Pacific Place, Hong Kong to celebrate Chinese New Years.

For her projects, Natalie uses hand-dyed, Australian grown and milled wool. She started dying her wool out of necessity but continues to do so today. The rich and vibrant colors of her wools sets her apart from other artists. She also sources rope and materials such as raw fleece, sari silk, jute and raffia.

Natalie Miller

Photo by Cory White for Australia Post

Natalie Miller

Photo by Natalie Miller

You can find Natalie’s wool and other craft supplies at her shop, Green Bridges Studios. To find our more about her work and to catch one of her workshops checkout her website.

Samantha Meldrum
About me

Samantha Meldrum is the Editor and Curator. Handmade Curator is a creative blog and creative community. Every day we connect thousands of people with designers, artists, makers and bloggers.

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