Kiersten A. Stein was born into a family of artisans. Her grandfather was one of the top ten photographic retouchers in the world and her father is a true Renaissance man; creativity and the arts are innate. Kiersten began her career focus in art and design at the age of ten, at which time she became an apprentice and learned the value and discipline of honing one’s craft. For Kiersten, her interests were likened to her father’s as she became a carpenter, designer, photographer, writer, illustrator and painter. She is proud to have built her foundation on “old school” principles and the lifelong process of becoming a Master. Kiersten’s techniques and passions have been evolving for more than 30 years now.
“The true mystery of the world
is the visible, not the invisible”
– Oscar Wilde
I think the hardest line item for any artist would be to define, categorize or analyze what they do and why. I believe there are two kinds of artist: The first type loves to talk about themselves and their work, the second, not so much. I fall somewhere on the introverted side of the spectrum. I am inspired by a myriad of experiences and I can easily lose myself in a subject study for hours.
I love the raw, the real of life, and find that without contrast life is a bit boring. As a photographer and multidisciplinary artist, I embrace “intimate distance” which allows me to experience the integrity of details and yet remain non-invasive.
“No matter how slow the film,
Spirit always stands still
long enough for the photographer
‘it’ has chosen.” – Minor White
What draws me in are “things” that do not wave a flag, but sparkle and dance in their own right, like what most would consider invisible. I find that I look at life and it’s visitors through a macro lens first and then I pull back into a wide-angle perspective. I have compiled years of work (photography, writing, illustration and painting) and the most challenging part of the process is deciding what I want to share with the public. At this point in my journey, I am turning the exposure on myself and on my “art,” through collections like my Kaleidescope Photo Tapestries, Mosaics and Quilts.
I love nature’s beauty and ingenuity. My Kaleidescope Photo Tapestries, Mosaics and Quilts are some of my attempts to honor nature’s intricate treasures by packaging and incorporating these jewels into compositions that I can share (I offer my work on silk, canvas, tile, wood and fine art paper).
“Needles and Thread Tapestry” (Framed Silk): Compilation of aloe
“Needles and Thread Tile”: Compilation of aloe
Wente Vineyards Exhibition:
“Intricate Heart Bottle Brush Tapestry” (Framed Silk) and Tile: : Compilation of bottle brush blooms
“Paradox” – Kaleidescope Tapestry: Compilation of gray agave
“Lady of the Lake Series”
Carpentry/Furniture Design and Build
Stationery Collection: Floral Alchemy
Coordination, lighting and varied styling/technique