Artist in Residence 


Miriam Carpenter

"Each piece of wood has its own story – reflections of moments specific to place and time within the architecture of a species. Each tree has its own experience and characteristics uniquely formed by its geographical location, the effects of the seasons, wind, rain, and what grew beside it. The history of each year is physically recorded in each ring slowly reacting to external and internal stresses after it has died and been cut into lumber. Reading this story in the grain is just as exciting to me as transforming it into an artifact. The more time I spend with each piece of wood, the deeper my understanding grows. Respecting its capacity and understanding its potential, I can be more thoughtful in how I bring the piece to completion."

Miriam Carpenter is an artist and designer in New Hope, PA.  She began her career by designing furniture alongside Mira Nakashima after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006.  In 2014, she was awarded a Windgate ITE Residency sponsored by the Center for Art in Wood. The year following, she lived, worked, and studied with furniture makers, sculptors, scholars, and environmental stewards in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. 

Miriam has exhibited at SOFA Chicago, the Wharton Esherick Museum (Paoli, PA), and the Moderne Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), and is the Raymond Farm Center's first Artist-in-Residence.