Mia Bloom is an award winning, professional textile artist. Enjoy getting to know Mia:
How do you describe yourself as an artist? I am an artist but I shy away from labels. I am constantly experimenting with new materials, techniques and styles. One day I’m dyeing fabric for a fiber wall hanging. The next I am painting with acrylics on canvas board for my graffiti inspirations project. I like incorporating different materials into a piece. My art seems to be morphing into mixed media work which I’m very excited about.
Please describe your work. Currently, my art tends to be abstract and minimal. As my art evolves, I am incorporating more personal thoughts and messages. This year, I’m starting to stretch outside my comfort zone by making larger scale art for a new series.
I have a side project that I started in 2011. It’s a take on guerilla art called graffiti inspirations. I make 5”x7” art pieces that I leave in public places. It’s my way of giving back because I feel everyone should be able to own art.
Describe the path you have taken to develop your art. Art has always been a part of my life. Each member of my immediate family is artistic in their own way so, I grew up in a creative environment. I started drawing people at a young age. I spent hours upon hours sketching, shading and detailing each image.
What inspires you? I’m inspired by many different things from used teabag papers to my dreams. I love the clean lines of mid-century modern architecture (Richard Neutra and Frank Gehry) and furniture (Eames and Arne Jacobsen) along with Minimalist artists such as Mark Rothko.
What do you want to communicate with your art? I hope that people find something in my art that they can connect with. When creating abstract art, I want to convey a feeling by using colors and textures.
Do you teach? Not in the traditional sense yet. It’s a future goal of mine to teach in a classroom setting. On my blog, I demonstrate techniques as a way of sharing what I’ve learned.
Please tell us more about your artist’s journey. In my 20s, I took some art classes here and there. I didn’t go to art school until my early 30s where I studied textile design. Right after school, I was hired by a textile converter to work in their design studio creating fabric for swimwear companies. This company gave me many opportunities to create art. I worked with the designer creating original artwork as well as customer directed artwork such as colorways and repeats. Near the end of my employment, I managed one of the studios.
This job taught me numerous skills such as screen printing, airbrush and color mixing & matching. One of the most significant skills that I learned was how to deal with rejection. Being employed by a design studio, I worked on numerous projects. Not all of the artwork was accepted and signed off by the customers. There are so many variables involved with artwork being selected for production. Does it fit with the other designs in the line for the season? Are there too many hibiscuses or stripes already in the line? I had to brush off the rejection and move on to the next project. If I labored too long on the rejection, it affected my new project.
I can take what I’ve learned from this job and apply it to the artwork I create now. If a piece is not accepted into an exhibit, there could be one of many reasons why. I try not to labor too long on the rejection because there is always a new project waiting to be created.