With respect for nature, Leigh Miller creates sculptural pieces inspired by the ocean and the mountains
Most notable for her use of a great spectrum of materials and an unconventional approach to methods, Leigh Miller sculpts in molten wax, casts her pieces, and hand-hammers them to translate her inspirations into metal. Taking inspiration from nature, its patterns and forms, living in and with nature,
Leigh’s relationship with nature is what drives her approach to design and process. Sustainability plays such an important part in her work that she continuously pushes to deepen and expand her practices, regardless of the struggle
Leigh Miller: "It always is up to the moon and the stars to ultimately dictate how the wax melts."
You’re based in Los Angeles. Have you always been based there, or is it new?
I’ve jumped around a bit. I’m originally from Santa Monica, a beach town in Los Angeles. I’ve lived in Northern California for a bit, and I did my bachelor’s degree in fashion design at Otis College of Art and Design, which was many many moons ago. I moved to New York and I ended up working for a variety of different designers there. I was working in these corporate environments, and when you go to school for fashion design… I just remember creating my initial package of my application to school and it was designing dresses that had hand blown beads dripping down the back of a gown, and then I ended up designing chino trousers. Several years in, I was not really having the creative outlet that I had hoped for. About 10 years ago, I started thinking about what else I could do.