Artist Information for Denise Oyama Miller
I look for patterns in shapes, colors, and textures, and I am drawn to high-value contrasts. The Rialto Tree Series focuses on bare white tree trunks with no bark or pine needles playing against the dark pine forest. It was this sense of vulnerability, an ongoing effort for survival on this rugged beach in Washington that I needed to explore and convey in my fabric art.
My current art quilts are a form of collage: layers of fabric, paper, paint, foil, threads, and ephemera. I use surface design techniques to create the fabric and papers. The quilting is used to create texture, enhance shapes and define lines. It is done on either a domestic sewing machine or a mid-arm machine at a table. I occasionally add hand stitches to my work. Most of my quilts are finished with a facing or a zig-zag stitch. These quilts either hang with a sleeve or are mounted on a gallery wrapped canvas for support.Images scroll down to view all
Solitude51" x 35"   Photo by Kerby Smith, photography
Rialto Tree Portrait48" x 24"   Photo by Sibila Savage, photography
Portrait of a Tree20" x 16"
Plane Tree48" x 24"   Photo by Sibila Savage, photography
Gingko36" x 12"