After Priscilla graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago, she traveled across the Atlantic to study textile design at the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels, Scotland, one of the many reasons plaid features in nearly every design collection. She applies her background in fine art to create nature and landscape photographs affected by light, rich in texture and original in composition — a natural segway to the striking repatterning found in her designs. Her images have been on exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. and published in respected publications such as Nature’s Best Photography Magazine and Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Magazine.
“The question is not what you look at but what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
A keen advocate of change and experimentation, Priscilla’s work today has evolved from fine art photography to include product animation and custom interior arts. She also encourages others to engage with nature by lecturing on inspired design at garden clubs in Northern Illinois. In a Priscilla Harper design, the natural and the vibrant are always connected, transforming even the tiniest plant life into something unexpected.
While at the Art Institute, Priscilla used her photography skills to highlight the many displaced and neglected children in Chicago. To this day, the protection of minors remains her central focus, and she foresees merging her love of design with her love of protecting and nurturing children. To that end, she plans to start an employment-driven program to tutor displaced minors in graphic design. If interested in collaboration to grow this vision, please contact for further information.
Exhibitions + Published Works
The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History | Washington, D.C.
The State Museum | Springfield, IL
Published | Nature’s Best Photography Magazine
Published | Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Magazine
Featured in Private Collections | Hilton Hotel Art Buyer
Presented Fabric Collections | Starwood Hotels in Stamford, CT