Thursday, July 28, 2016

Next Event for Sweet William...Trade Show in Melbourne!

Introducing 'Boutique Street', an unmissable three day trade-only event showcasing fifty quality lifestyle and kidsbrands. Held in a beautifully styled venue, Boutique Street will offer a feast for the eyes, ears, taste-buds and imagination. Register to visit and be a part of this exciting movement right where it begins...

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Brand new work!

Sweet William has a brand new range of art prints now available online - here . I have had lots of fun putting this range together - enjoying pattern, colour, texture and an inky illustrative style. If you live in Melbourne, pop in and see this new work at Markit on Sunday the 8th of May.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Our New Home in North Melbourne

Entrance way when we first bought our home.
Beautiful old red brick revealed under cracking plaster.
My girls outside our entrance.
We hired painters to help patch up walls and refresh the paint job.

We have wonderful Art Deco lead light windows.

As it looked when we bought it.
Beautiful textures on the old walls.
Original Edwardian tiles
The successful  auction day!
Move in day. 

Finding places for all our things in our new space.

After many happy years of living in semi-rural, beautiful Warrandyte (24 km east of Melbourne CBD see previous post here). Where our primary school aged kids benefitted from a tire swing in the yard and the Australian bush, we decided on a complete change. With our three girls growing up, recognising their need for independence and wanting to embrace all that Melbourne has to offer as one of the most 'livable cities in the world', we set our plan to move in, in motion.
We chose a very good co-ed state run high school and started looking for a family sized home in the zone. Not an easy task. We marched through poky, little dark houses, clambered up and down stairs of modern town houses. Sighed over beautiful homes way out of our price range and bumped shoulders with the throngs of eager buyers at live auctions. One Saturday morning, just as we walked away from another auction that we were unable to bid on, we discovered 'Milverton' on Errol Street. Being on a busy corner it was almost scratched from our inspection list but as we stepped into the entranceway, the busyness of the city subsided. The high ceilings and grand proportions of this crumbling, red brick Edwardian stopped us in our tracks. The traffic noise became a quiet hum and we found our inner city sanctuary.

Our new home is a work in progress, we plan to bring it back to it's former glory bit by bit. Although, actually, I think it is rather glorious just as it is.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Original Works on Paper now available

I am very pleased to announce that my original work on paper is being offered for sale for the very first time over in our etsy shop - here. I am moving home in a few months time which has led me to sorting out my studio and I thought it would be a good time to sell some of my original works on paper that I tend to hang onto and feel quite attached to. Each piece is a one of a kind, painted either on watercolor or canvas paper, predominantly in watercolor, ink and acrylic paint, which will be signed and dated by the artist - me, Paula Mills!  Please check each listing for sizes and price. I will keep adding to this section as I continue to sort out my studio and make room for lots of new work!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Keep on learning

My still life acrylic paint exercise in tone and self portrait painted in oils
Studio in Fitzroy showing the work of Adriane Strampp
My Morandi inspired still life
Self portrait working from a reference by Anne-Sophie Tschiegg

Adriane's work bench in the Fitzroy Studio
Detail of my self portrait in acrylic paint.
Beautiful Fitzroy Studio
Although I am fairly comfortable with a pen or pencil in my hand, I get a little scared and a little nervous when I hold a paint brush.  I did my training in a commercial art environment, I studied graphic design many moons ago and later on trained in illustration and drawing.  I have pretty much taught myself any skills I have picked up, when it comes to the fine arts.

With all that in mind I decided to have a go at learning a little more about painting. Once a week I have been going to a painting course in Fitzroy through run by Adriane Stramp. The environment is wonderful - a big, beautiful old studio at the top of winding stairs in an Edwardian building on Brunswick Street,  in Melbourne. So far I have learnt so much about mixing paints, colour themes, tones and shades. I have had a go at painting a few still life set ups and a self portrait in acrylic and for the next chapter I think I am going to learn to work in oils which feels so far out of my comfort zone but I am loving it! Learning is so exciting.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Brand New Card Range available through Lalaland

We are so excited about a very successful collaboration with Lalaland. Sweet William has designed a whole new range of everyday cards as well as a very special foil card range. These cards are now exclusively available through Lalaland - you may view foil range here and view the everyday range here. Yay, so pleased with them all!

Friday, September 4, 2015

We are on the move

Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files. 

We have been very fortunate to have had our lovely Warrandyte home featured in the media through magazines, newspapers and on line over the past 4 and a half years. Some of the highlights so far have been The Design Files, Country Style Magazine, The Age and The Herald Sun. I am very grateful that our Warrandyte home has been documented in this way as we will be moving on and leaving it soon. I have mixed feelings about this; excitement as Pete, the kids and I face our next big adventure of moving into Melbourne city for a more urban lifestyle and sadness as we leave behind our much loved Warrandyte cottage, local friends, community and amazing natural beauty. This cottage has served us well and I am sure the next family who is fortunate enough to dwell here will love it just as much as we have. Our home has been listed with Fletchers if anyone is thinking of living in this beautiful part of the world - here's the link.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My trip to Ireland to visit my brother and family

My brother, Myles, is a wonderful chef. He is married to a lovely Irish girl called Jane. They own and run a very successful cafe in StrandHill called Shells Cafe, they have won many awards, they have also published two cook books and successfully renovated a beautiful cottage. Their latest and most admirable accomplishment has been the addition of Arlo, their first child and my gorgeous nephew! Of course I traveled from Australia to Ireland to meet him. I love this quote by Anthony Brandt: 'Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.'

Myles and myself with little Arlo in his baby sling, taking selfies
Beautiful collections in my brother's home
Their very clever cottage renovation

Myles and Jane 

The beautiful view from their living room

Little baby Arlo!

Summer flowers in their garden

A walk in Esky, Ireland

Jane, Arlo and myself

The wild West Coast of Ireland

Can't go by with out taking a snap - so pretty


Artwork I created for Arlo, available as an art print here

My lovelies - Myles and Arlo