Great news! I'm very pleased to announce that I have been invited to participate in "Future Nostalgia," a group exhibition of new works and designs by emerging and mid-career artists that explores themes of romanticism and remembrances of things past. The show is organized and presented by the Fashion Institute of Technology, my alma mater, during the prestigious 29th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at Javits Center in New York from May 21 - 24, in booth 3356. I'll be unveiling "Chairs for Hope," my new sculpture masquerading as furniture series which features three individual sculptural designs upholstered with my signature use of geometric printed vintage fabrics highlighted by yellow, the color of hope, into which I cut florals. One of the Chairs for Hope that I've been commissioned to do for the"Future Nostalgia" show at ICFF features manly florals. It's the first time I have ever done that. It is a visual theme and that is something I rarely do. Here's sneak peek.
'Sculpture Masquerading as Furniture', Color, Juxtapositions, and More: The Apryl Miller Interview at Or Does It Explode /
"Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Ms. Apryl Miller," Such kind words from Tasha Mathew who recently interviewed me for Or Does It Explode, the online magazine that focuses on personal expression. Many thanks to Tasha, who continues: Apryl's "art is visceral with interesting juxtapositions – ideas of silence outfitted by loud fabric; ideas of loneliness encapsulated within colorful, bright furniture; and bright boxes that open up to a hollow, dark space within. Through these juxtapositions, she expresses both the positivity and the darkness that color our lives." While writing about my Sculpture Masquerading as Furniture series, Tasha goes on to quote me as saying that "by creating a safe environment in which we can accept the conflicting forces within us, we can achieve peace, if only for brief periods of time."
"Apryl Miller credits her artistic career too being raised in a large, creative DIY family. Her work reflects the tradition she was taught as a child; that of making something your own by making it yourself. She came to visual art in later life, crafting a vernacular art environment in which she would raise her young children." writes Kate Davey of the KD Outsider Art blog, describing me as an "self-proclaimed, accidental artist." In the interview I talk about my inspirations and explain how I came to create my very own visionary nest.
I was recently interviewed for the Designers Insight blog section of Terry's Fabrics. The blog consists of interviews of over 500 creative people. It is a fantastic resource for all manner of art, fabrics, and home furnishings. Terry's Fabrics is UK based and supplies the world with a large array of items for the home. Thank you Terry's Fabrics. My best advice, "Do not match, do not balance, make everything wrong. Do not retreat."
"FOR THE LOVE AND WANT OF DAD"
Thursday August 20, 7:30-9:30
Original Stories & Poetry by Writers Thomas Pryor and Apryl Miller. Come one, come all, it's me and storyteller extraordinaire, Thomas Pryor. It's all about our dads. We'll have a great time, a little crying, a lot of laughter and everything else in between. It will be a special evening.Reservation only-Guest list- Address With RSVP. email@example.com Serving wine. Bring wine!!
The Port Townsend Leader, my hometown news paper, has interviewed me for a feature story. The editor, Robin Dudley, covered a number of topics, my permanent installation, the photo shoots I have here, the Saks Fifth Avenue article and themes in my artwork, to name a few. It goes to show, yes, you can go home again.
Saks Fifth Ave blog has interviewed me for their new series titled, "Ravishing Rooms". It is to grant readers a sneak peak into the homes of some of their favorite designers, tastemakers and industry insiders. An interesting feature, the writer, Alex Patino states my work has a touch of 1950's Googie Architecture and hints of Schiaparelli bombast. Hmmm. I like that. Why don't you see for yourself?
Saks Fifth Avenue visited recently and we did a collab together, my art, their shoes. The result is a mesmerizing riot of color and texture. These pix have to be seen to be believed. The photog, Dan Forbes, is a genius. All luxury brands, Manolo Blahnik, Valentino, et al. Visit to purchase, or simply revel in the pulchritude of the pix.