Hollie Miller has spent the last decade establishing herself as an artist, photographer and designer in the Kansas City area. Her work varies from explorations in color and light to urban narratives full of action and life. Her photographs hold a poignance, humor and sentimentality often overlooked in today's fast-paced society. Her designs utilize line and space to create webscapes that engage the user while encouraging exploration and interaction. Using computer and camera alongside more traditional artistic mediums, such as paint, ink and graphite, her art finds common ground amongst many while displaying a unique vision.
"Even the most mundane can be thrilling when seen from a new perspective!" ~Hollie M.
Hollie's work has been featured in a variety of web and print publications, including the Women's Photography Forum, Lenscratch, and JLB Creatives blog, and her designs have been reproduced, internationally, on many food products in the form of labeling and advertisements. She currently writes and edits the blog, Clockwork Creation Machine, and has written for and had her work published online an abroad in such publications as The Griffon News, St. Joseph, MO, and The St. Joseph, MO, News-Press. Still, after all these accomplishments, Hollie considers raising her twin daughters to be her greatest challenge yet biggest reward.
Hollie currently resides in the Kansas City Metropolitan area with her family and a small dachshund.
I create art to better define my view of the world. I attempt to capture or create moments that evoke an emotional response, something familiar yet foreign, within the viewer. Through capturing images with a touch of familiarity juxtaposed with a sense of the unexpected, I hope to draw attention to the contradictions in everyday life, often enticing the viewer to explore each piece more thoroughly. This is something I feel is necessary, yet often overlooked by designers.
Currently, I work with 4 cameras:
- Canon 5D MII dSLR
- iPhone 4
- Canon AE-1 Program SLR
- Diana F+
I am most familiar with the Macintosh operating system, having been raised on a healthy diet of Apple from the age of 6. Currently I'm running Mac OS X, 10.7 on an iMac and a MacBook Pro, but have used Windows machines upon occasion, being most comfortable with Windows 7. I am familiar with font management and organization of graphic assets and use the current Adobe Suite of products, Creative Suite 5.5, alongside a variety of image manipulation and design tools to make each piece custom for the clients needs. (Please see my resume for more in-depth information.)
Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph, MO
When Flash came on the scene in the late 1990s, I knew it would be a very powerful force on the web... I just couldn't wait to get my hands in it. ~H
Responsibilities & Projects
- Multimedia Designer Using Flash and Java
- Designed, Programmed, and Maintained
Interactive Campus Map
- Integrated Flash & Java Applications into Existing Pages
- Designed and Implemented Biology Lab "Web Homes"
- Designed Web Ads & Banners
- Designed Flyers & Newspaper Ads
Farmland Foods, Inc.,
Kansas City, MO
Keeping abreast of new trends and technologies is integral to ensuring the longevity of any company. ~H
Responsibilities & Projects
- Lead Artist / Designer and Prepress Specialist
- Design and Modify Numerous Product Labels
- Responsible for Adhering to Style Guidelines and Restrictions for Multiple Brands
- Create Art for Company Intranet
- Design Web Banners and Graphics for a Variety of Applications
- Design Coupons, Brochures, Digital PDFs and Web Graphics for Public Distribution
Freelance & Academia
1997 - Present
Every new client, each new project, is an expedition of discovery and adventure where creativity meets function to make something truly magical. ~H
Projects & Specialties
I have always been fascinated by emotion and how it's represented by the human form. In this series, I tried to capture the frustration and rage each of us has felt at one time or another as it played across the faces of those closest to me.
This portion of a larger, ongoing series, meant to represent an analysis of human emotion, has been a hobby of mine for several years. As it develops further, I hope to see it in print in the form of a book and as a solo exhibit.
A Single Moment
So much can happen in a single moment. A car crash, a birthday surprise, a first kiss... Some would say an entire lifetime lasts but a moment. This is what I tried to capture within these images: How much can happen in such a small space of time. I chose familiar subjects and a theme of youthful vigor and hope that I was able to show how quickly the tender years of youth flow by.
Growing up, I was that kid with the small-town experience harboring big-city aspirations. I was determined at the tender age of 13 that I would claw my way to the top and make something of myself in the city that never sleeps. I had dreams of working for some posh magazine as a writer or photographer and cutting a little niche for myself that included a cosmopolitan life in a high rise with friends and parties to beat the band.
As I grew older and realized life was a little more difficult and far less cut-and-dried than that, I pared those dreams down to places smaller, a little less than New York. Maybe Chicago or Boston... Never Hollywood or LA. Nothing quite so filled with glitter and big dreams. Something closer to home, but still bigger than what I was given as a child.
After a lot of soul seeking and major changes in my life, I eventually chose Kansas City, the Paris of the Plains, to call home. It's cosmo enough that I can find a Whole Foods Market, yet down home enough that people still say "hi" when you walk by. Here I can have the best of both worlds: The small-town manners (mostly) and the bigger-city arts and entertainment scenes.
No, we're not New York and we're certainly not Austin, but it's my town and I'm happy here.
Exhibition & Honors
- In Muted Color Solo Exhibition • Cellar Door Booksellers, Weston, MO
- Soho Photo's Small Works 2012 • Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY
- iSpy Camera Phone Photography • book and online exhibition • The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA
- Love Online Exhibition, February 2012 • Lenscratch Photo Blog, http://www.lenscratch.com
- 20th Annual Louisville National Juried Photography Show • Louisville, CO, Center for the Arts
- Regional High School Art Exhibition • Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO
Print & Web Publications
- Women Photography Forum, August 2011 • http://www.womenphotographerforum.net/