People

Caroline Miller

i. I work as as a:
Jewellery and Small Object Designer/Maker.

ii. I do this creative work because:
I am attracted to metal science, geometery, alchemy and mathematics in a three dimensional form. Making jewellery is a way of looking at the microscopic world we live in.

iii. Personal qualities that help me in my work are:
A love for learning new skills, tools, techniques, good style and dressing up.

iv. The greatest challenges around doing this work are:
Finding enough time to realize all my ideas into a three dimensional format.

v. Creative childhood hobbies:
Raising mealworms and dressing up my cat.

vi. Other creators who inspire you:
Alexander Calder, pioneering European female artists like Hannah Hoch, the brash and bold entrepreneurship of Damien Hurst, Scandinavian design sense and Wonder Woman’s great taste in deflector shield accessories.

vii. Training that has helped me succeed in this career:
A three-year diploma in Jewellery and Small Object Design, learning metal techniques under a gold smith, one year of studying  coppersmithing at a technical school in Mexico.  I am currently in my fourth year of study at Emily Carr University in the Visual Arts Program, majoring in sculpture.

viii. A common trap that can hurt people in this career:
Taking too much inspiration  from other people’s work and trying to design work that you think other people will like instead of following your own ideas and inspirations.

ix. Some proud career moments:
Watching friends get married and exchange rings that I have made, winning a grant from the Vancouver Foundation which allowed me a year of study in Mexico, sharing my knowledge and passion of jewellery making and metalsmithing through teaching at the Vancouver Community College.

x. If you want to work in my field, I suggest that you:
Remain humble, never stop learning, be open to critique and find inspirations through other relaxing avenues in your life, what ever that may be….

xi. A professional goal I have for the future:
Continue to refine  my goldsmithing skills and to make larger sculptures through welding and metal fabrication. And to work less and make more money.

xii. If you want to see my work, go to:

www.instagram.com/carolinemillerdesign

www.creatorsvancouver.com

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