Sunday, March 19, 2017

As stated last week, here are my latest 'wabi sabi' earrings, many created with recycled EPNS [silver -plated metals] which I have heat treated to produce lovely textures. I am also soldering and making virtual 'patchworks' of metal - lots of fun.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Back into the Blogging World

Hi to all of my loyal followers.

It's a struggle staying up to date with all the different social media promotional platforms, but it's high time I updated my blog. I have been posting on facebook as 'Noela Mills Artist' for the past couple of years, so hopefully many of you are still following me.

Here's a quick low down on what I've been up to:
Early 2016 - I entered every high profile painting competition in the country [well, not the BIG ones, just the attainable ones - hahah] with limited success but I now have a large body of 'new' paintings for sale. [Pics on a later blog]
Later 2016-  I made a large body of jewellery for an exhibition in Japan. The title was 'Australia by Nature' and my focus was scribbly gum marks and designs. I had a lovely trip to Japan again for this and other projects in October.
early 2017 - I have just finished a new body of 'wabi sabi' jewellery which I hope to exhibit later this year - watch this space!
I am using recycled EPNS metals, much of which has been donated to me from my friend Barry Smith. 
I'm combining the metals with aluminium, found objects and recycled bits and pieces - lots of fun and it keeps my brain challenged finding solutions to technical problems.

Here is a selection of my favourite recent jewellery creations.
Heat treated EPNS, sterling silver, copper rivets, recycled chain, 9ct gold detail, Perspex backing.

 For Catherine... recycled stainless steel deck wire, steel beads.

 Heat treated EPNS, steel, copper, silver plated wires, glass beads, fishing rod piece.

 Heat treated EPNS, aluminium, steel wire, glass beads.

 Heat treated EPNS metals, folded copper, pearls, glass beads, silver chain, Perspex backing.

Now that I remember how to post again, I'll try to keep up the momentum!
New earrings next week. 
Happy 2017 everyone!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

update's been 6 months!! So sorry to those who like to follow my artistic happenings.
I am still alive and still producing art work, it's just that blogging means I have to go onto the computer instead of the ipad and i am still trying to link the blog to facebook.

I reworked the 'Sail Away' paintings for a recent exhibition titled 'Petroglyphs and other Symbols' at 'The Garden', Maleny. I have now called them 'Sailing into the Future' and they speak of the dreadful pollution of our oceans. These are small paintings, each has a small sailing vessel hidden amongst the flotsam and jetsam.

The other paintings in the show refer to symbols and petroglyphs of ancient civilisations.

 'Hidden Signs'

 'Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber, Wales'


'Moreiki Boulders, New Zealand'


'The Lost City'

'The Vinca Symbols'

Monday, November 3, 2014

'Sail Away' paintings

I have recently been playing with painting 'just for me'.
There is no specific exhibition/gallery/award coming up where these may head to. I'm enjoying the freedom of not working to a deadline or a purpose. I have only recently realised that I don't paint for myself often enough.
These are small, 20cm square paintings - reworked over older paintings. I am loving the negative spaces which I have painted in.
I have called them the 'Sail Away' series as the idea of peacefully drifting on the ocean, lake or calm waterway really appeals to me. Each painting has a little abstract sailing vessel suggested somewhere.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Latest jewellery

Hi all,
It has been 6 months since my last post - slack, I know.
Sorry if this post is a bit of an overkill, making up for the last 6 months!!!
I have a new range of jewellery that I am exhibiting in Gary Myers Gallery, Maleny.
I am feature artist for the month of October - we had a fabulous opening on Saturday night, chatting to locals and others from far away about contemporary jewellery practice and art in general.
Some pieces are based on rio wire mesh with aluminium found bits and saw pierced shapes, others are based on perspex and acrylic sheet offcuts cut to shape and combined with other materials, and some are made from sublimation printed aluminium.
I am still working with the recycle/reuse/repurpose aesthetic and the wabi sabi philosophy.
Here are a few 'brooches'..., some of these can also be worn as neck pieces.

and here are a few neckpieces...

and earrings.