Saturday, October 21, 2017

Upcycled Jewellery Workshop

A couple of weeks ago, I taught a workshop at the Kenilworth Arts Festival.
I had a group of 8 ladies learning new skills in order to revamp some precious and favourite jewellery pieces.
Some were full necklaces, some were antique bits and pieces, some were not even jewellery but found objects with sentimental significance.

Here I am demonstrating how to use the jeweller's saw.

Ladies learning how to file and sand metals.

 Restringing and adding bits to favourite necklaces.

Sentimental dog tag, amber, jointed silver figure, coral and pearl used in new combinations.

 Costume jewellery pieces [dress buckle, crystals and Indian necklace] get a revamp.

We had a lot of fun, laughed a lot, learned new skills and made new friends.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Monoprinting complete for now

I have finished another 3 sets of prints for our exhibition in 3 weeks. The full sets are in albums over on my facebook page,, or you can go to directly to these links
[1] Noela Mills, [2] Noela Mills, [3] Noela Mills
I have had SO much enjoyment doing these little 'monotypes', they are actually print based mixed media, but the local Maleny Printmakers are very open minded and are very encouraging of non mainstream experimental work.
Here are a few of my favourites:

 'Gaia' - apparently this is to be published in the upcoming 'Imprint' mag.

This next series is titled 'Little Creatures':

Now for 'A Touch of Whimsy':

..and lastly, 'Conception'. 
These are only 10cm x 15cm [image] - small but very sweet.

Here is the exhibition poster with the details:
 It would be great to see some fellow bloggers at the opening.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Monoprinting #2

This time I printed a black blob onto paper, 

...glued down a torn bit of chin colle tissue paper for added interest,

...dipped some coconut broom fibres in blue ink and squished the lines down,

 ...then carefully chose a small gold foil flick to off set the organic composition.


Sunday, June 25, 2017


I have joined the Maleny Printmakers group.
We have an exhibition coming up in September as part of a Regional Arts Festival [Art Street Maleny - HORIZON ARTS FESTIVAL].
The idea is to create editions of 10 of 5 different prints. As I am not a traditional printmaker, my work will be editions of monoprints, each one being slightly different.
The first series started as free transfer prints from a glass plate to paper, using lino block inks,
and checking composition with a correctly sized viewfinder.

I love creating tissue paper chine colle to use in my work, so I happily painted some greens and blues to enhance the landscape feeling.

By now there was a distinct 'glacial' thing happening, so I cut some stencils to print solid areas of flowing ice and snow, then scratched in a few lines to enhance the flow.

 A final selection of composition and framed ready to go.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

'Eye Spy'

I finished 'Eye Spy' a couple of weeks ago.
I gave up on using rib bones for glasses arms as they were too soft and not bent on the right angle. I found some great old reading glasses in the local op shop which even hinged in the right places, so took the arms off, did a bit of grinding and drilling and attached them to the lenses.

I glued some tiny watch parts either side of the glass for more stability and popped a bunch of emu feathers in the hole in the vertebra just for fun.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Contemporary Wearables [jewellery]

Contemporary Wearables
Step 4.
I want to use the kangaroo rib bones for the arms of the spectacles. They are the right shape. There must be some way to fix them to the holes in the lenses by means of the watch winders. Many hours spend drilling fine holes [fragile and brittle], fiddling with difficult angles and getting blu tac stuck over everything.