Staff Spotlight: Maddie Miller

Maddie Miller, Office & Marketing Coordinator, is instrumental in the day-to-day operations of MKM architecture + design. She provides support across the firm to ensure MKM’ers have the tools and environment to do their best work. In addition to her administrative role, she helps to communicate MKM’s mission, to improve health and well-being, through the firm’s marketing and business development efforts.

Tell us about yourself!

I'm the first person you'll see when you walk in the door. In addition to my work at MKM, I am an artist working in printmedia, sculpture, and installation. My artwork explores our emotional connection to the spaces we inhabit, so I am very interested in the work we do at MKM.

Where did you grow up?

I have lived in Fort Wayne my entire life, except for the four years when I attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.

What interested you in pursuing a career at MKM architecture + design?

I love working in a creative environment and MKM is just that.

What motivates you to come into work every day at MKM?

I am motivated by the important work we do every day to support the health and well-being of the communities we serve. I am happy to be able to support our team's day-to-day needs and share the incredible work we do through our online presence.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I look for inspiration in our everyday surroundings. I am most inspired by the places we inhabit, small cracks in walls, textures, textiles, and patterns.

How do you recharge during your free time?

I recharge by swimming laps, playing disc golf, and cooking.

Which projects are you most proud to have worked on?

I am most proud of my work supporting emerging and mid-career artists. During my time as the Gallery Coordinator at Artlink, I founded The Art Market program, a quarterly curated marketplace featuring emerging and mid-career artists working in contemporary craft. Since then, I started a blog, Form and Space, with a fellow artist to discuss the issues makers face today.

Where is your favorite place to travel?

I love spending time in the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains. I try to visit at least once a year to camp or attend a workshop at Penland School of Crafts near Asheville, NC or Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.

What was the last book your read?

I am currently reading An Edge Effect: Art & Ecology in the Nordic Landscape by Bonnie Bloom. Bloom is an artist, curator, and teacher based in Northeast Indiana, but she lived for a time in Copenhagen. The book features conversations with artists from the Nordic region creating artwork that tackles environmental issues and engages the community. In my own artistic practice, I am interested in how artists can call attention to difficult issues within the communities they live.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

In 2017, I participated in a steamroller print event at my university. We printed 2.5-foot by 5-foot hand-carved woodblocks with a steamroller. Each block was rolled up with ink and the weight of the steamroller transferred the ink onto paper. This is by far the largest woodblock I have ever carved. Check out the video below to see what it takes to create a print.