Jewellery / Mixed Media Born - Melbourne, Victoria
Resides - Maleny
Artists informationNoela Mills has always had a need to create and has worked in ceramics, fibres, paper, collage, paint and jewellery through her artistic career.
“I love working with abstract ideas and images based on landscape, ancient culture and elements of design. I try to translate the ‘essence’ of the inspiration onto canvas or into jewellery, through a varied range of media. My working materials are often discarded objects which have their own history and contribute energy to the art work. They are simple, honest and noble elements which reflect the ‘wabi sabi’ philosophy of Zen Buddhism. The work evolves even further as the viewer adds his or her own interpretation to the piece, forging links between myself, the objects, the viewer and the eternal creative energy force. My personal evolution physically, emotionally and spiritually is tied to theis creative process.”
As a trained teacher working for over 25 years in Art and Design in Secondary schools in both Victoria and Queensland, Noela has been finally able to concentrate on her own creativity since 1995. Since then she has been involved in numerous exhibitions including recently;
“The Art of Sumi-e”, Montville (solo) “Not Just a Pretty Line”, Maleny (solo) “The Sound of Line, The Taste of Texture”, Noosa Regional Art Gallery (solo) and many joint exhibitions across Australia.
She has acquired many awards for works across different media including several at The St George Maleny Art Awards (Overall Winner in 1996); Flying Arts Exhibition winner; Caloundra Art and Crafts Festival awards; State winner of the National Billy Can Competition; finalist in the Memento Awards, as well as various Victorian regional art awards. Noela has also been the recipient of a couple of grants to enable the furtherance of her career, namely in 2007 a Regional Arts Development Grant to establish a major travelling exhibition and in 1996 a Cultural Grant from Caloundra City Council to attend as Artist-in-Residence at the Mulgara Gallery, Uluru, NT . Both very successful events and genuinely beneficial for the artist and the public alike, leading to a return to Uluru in 1999 and 2000 for further residencies.
Noela remains in high demand for workshops because she still enjoys sharing ideas and techniques with others and naturally, has great teaching skills. She has been a regular tutor at McGregor Summer and Winter Schools, and at Grafton ‘Artsfest’, Textile Fibre Forums and numerous folk festivals and regional workshops. She has maintained a good contact with secondary and primary schools as artist-in-residence, where her abilities are greatly appreciated.
Her work has been published with major articles in “Textile Fibre Forum” and “Craft Arts International” as well as photographs in both of these and “Pottery in Australia”.
The variety and quality of her work has found it acquired into the Queensland State Library, Brisbane, Qld.; Monash University collection, Vic.; Marriot Hotel, Brisbane, Qld.; Legends Hotel, Gold Coast, Qld.; Alamanda Hospital, Brisbane, Qld. and various other corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas.
Noela was a finalist in the 2013 Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2D.
Below are images of Jewellery by Noela Mills.
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