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188: Karen Middleton on Weaving Stories Through Art and Data - A Veteran's Creative Journey
Episode 1022nd April 2024 • Holding Down the Fort by US VetWealth • Jen Amos
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188: Karen Middleton on Weaving Stories Through Art and Data - A Veteran's Creative Journey

Also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Ezpw-MLuHdk

How has storytelling influenced your understanding of yourself and the world around you? For Karen Middleton, she shares how she created a data visualization firm specializing in qualitative storytelling, visualization, and design.

Karen shares her unique story of moving from the structured world of military intelligence to the expressive fields of quilting, textile, and fiber art, alongside her innovative work in qualitative data visualization. Through her dual passions, Karen illustrates the power of storytelling, connection, and the therapeutic nature of creativity. She also shares her experiences with job loss and how she used this time to focus on her passions and start her own business, K Middleton Design Studios.

Learn how personal experiences and professional skills can intertwine to create impactful art and data narratives, resonating with themes of personal growth, autonomy, and the quest for understanding human experiences.

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