Explore Fiber is a collaborative website showcasing and exploring fiber as a fine art material.
I’m Christine Miller, one of the founders of Explore Fiber, a high school Visual Arts Teacher and a life long fiber artist. Fiber has been my passion from childhood and the thread of that interest has created a wonderful life long journey. I’ve had yarn in my fingers since the age of 8. This early passion took me on many journeys and led to a professional fiber art career in the early 1980s.
I started weaving in 1973, but things changed in the 80’s when I discovered weaving with wire, thanks to a workshop led by Donna Kaplan. My work changed dramatically after that workshop – woven metal cloth can be shaped and manipulated to create three dimensional sculptural work. This new medium is extremely engaging and I have used it to create jewelry, basketry and sculptural art. I give programs and workshops to weaving guilds and fiber groups. I have sold my work through many venues – galleries, my own retail gallery (Fiber Options)in the mid-90s, and through a later business I started, Studio Textile Resources later in that decade. Some of my latest work includes casting my woven metal into bronze – a direction I am extremely excited about!
I embarked on a formal teaching career in 2002 and received a degree in Arts Education in 2005 from the University of North Texas and am currently teaching at a 9th & 10th grade High School in Plano, TX. To fulfill my mission of bringing more fibers into K-12 art curriculum, I am launching a series of Explore Fiber Labs. Each Lab is an instruction about a material, process or technique. They are designed to give participants hands on training to broaden their fiber arts experiences.
As many artists, teaching is a vital part of my life and keeps me inspired and on my toes. I have years of experience in many areas of fiber art and I invite you to contact me…
Personal work includes the following processes and techniques:
Professional Development workshops are available for art educators. Contact to discuss topics and length of trainings.
Weaving Workshops are available to guilds and interested weavers.
To see examples of my art, please visit my personal website: Artist • Teacher • Journal
Art education presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/tagartteacher