Once seen, Kari Bloom’s miniature furniture is likely never forgotten. A fan of styles from here and there in the 20th century, Kari is known for making some of the most unique and dramatic pieces of 1/12 scale furniture. Excellent reproductions of Arts and Crafts pieces are part of Kari’s repertoire, but her most memorable pieces showcase the sinuous
curves of the Art Deco period, or the eye popping color combinations and fabric patterns of the 50’s or later. It is a unique and wonderful viewpoint in the miniature community.
A Fellow member of the Guild, Kari’s furniture showcases her woodworking skills, and even more so, her talent for upholstery, she is a master at it. I’ve been making upholstered furniture for years and I still marvel at the smooth and precise lines she is able to achieve on her pieces. And, where I have limited myself to using fabrics I find in the stores around me, Kari has explored the available technology allowing her to print her own fabrics which gives her many more options in scale and pattern than what is available commercially.
Kari is also generous enough to share her skills, teaching classes at select shows and for the third year in 2012, at Guild School in Castine, Maine. This year, Kari will be teaching two different projects, an Arts and Crafts fireplace which will concentrate mainly on woodworking and finishing
skills, and also a class on upholstering a modern chair with the choice of materials and colors being up to the student. The upholstery class was one of my provisional choices even though I have been doing upholstery for years-there is always something you can learn from an artist as talented as Kari is.