About Beth Miller

Beth MillerI have lived in Canberra, Australia’s capital city for the last 40 years, but spent my formative years in Darwin, Northern Territory. It was there that I met my husband, had three of our four children and completed my nursing training. The 1974 cyclone which devastated Darwin made the decision to relocate to Canberra via Alice Springs very easy.

I didn’t have a sewing background as the hot humid weather of the Northern Territory didn’t lend itself to working with a needle and thread. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I decided to enrol in a dressmaking course.

I attempted to make a quilt on my own but my real introduction to patchwork occurred when I attended a beginner class in 1981. Over the time I have tried many techniques but favour the freedom of contemporary piecing and fused appliqué.

What started out as a hobby has become a passion and has given me the opportunity to travel and meet many wonderful people from all over the world.

In 1997 I completed Tertiary studies in commercial screen printing and fabric decoration and printing. It was during that period that I started to make art quilts and print, paint and dye many of the fabrics that I use in my work. My other passion is photography and I use my photographs as a design source. Sometimes I may only use a single photograph and at other times I may collage several photographs to create the design. Most of my work is based upon the technique of fused appliqué and machine quilting. In many cases I enhance my work with hand embroidery or hand stitching.

My work has been juried into many selected exhibitions both nationally and internationally and I have won awards in both Australia and the USA. I am one of the six Canberra based artists of the ttACTile group comprising of Jenny Bowker, Dianne Firth, Helen Gray, Beth Miller and Beth and Trevor Reid working in partnership. The tACTile group has been exhibiting their work both nationally and internationally for the last fourteen years and have just finished their seventh exhibition.

I have been teaching patchwork classes to adults and children since 1991 within Australia and also internationally concentrating upon colour, design and contemporary piecing. I found teaching was very rewarding. To be able to introduce ideas and techniques to students so that they could express themselves in a creative manner was very satisfying.

In 2010 I decided to retire from teaching to concentrate upon my art quilts and spend more time with my family.

In 2016 I was honoured to win the Rajah Award for outstanding contribution to Australian quilting sponsored by Expertise Events.