The Mill


Where are they now? Actually that should read ‘where are they… when they are not featuring at Bowerbird Design Market’.

For Lisa Penney of Hey Reflect’o and Robyn Wood, when they aren’t peddling their beautiful wares at Bowerbird, they reside in a studio located at Adelaide’s artist-led creative incubator, The Mill.

We chat to the two creative powerhouses to get the skinny on life in the creative lane – and featuring at two iconic artist stomping grounds: The Mill and Bowerbird.

“Bowerbird has always been a great platform to showcase design in SA. People know it as a high standard of creative work and an event that is more than a market,” starts Robyn.

“Agreed,” Lisa chimes in. “It’s the best market in Adelaide. The organisers do such a good job at creating a wonderful market, with the right audience, fantastic decorations and great food and coffee. They tick all the boxes.”

Robyn and Lisa join over 200 curated designers and makers at Bowerbird Design Market’s upcoming November event, where each designer will inject their creative flair into the mix.

Robyn will bring her unique furniture and object designs, in particular a coffee table (just one of the exciting pieces of her new collection), which will also be launched in an exhibition at the Mill next June. And Lisa will showcase her bright and bold high-visibility reflective vests, water resistant bag covers, cycling caps and an exciting new product, reflective leggings.

Both designers can’t wait to set up shop with their favourite pieces.

“I think I’m most excited about the leggings as they are new,” Lisa tells us.

“My favourite piece of work at Bowerbird is my Bud Lamp,” says Robyn.

“It was my first piece and it connects with people, which is exactly the point for me.”

So where are they when they are not at Bowerbird? Tinkering in their respective studio spaces at The Mill – the place which plays home to a thriving community of artists and makers (think visual artists, sculptors and graphic designers to leatherworkers, recording artists, tattooists, ceramicists and more), and a place which proves a perfect landscape for Lisa and Robyn.

“The Mill has been great to chat to other artists to get inspiration and advice,” Lisa starts.

“All my collaboration artists are from The Mill. I also use the photographer Che Chorley who resides there.”

“Also it can be boring working from home so it’s nice to be around awesome people who are also creative,” she adds.

“I second that!” agrees Robyn.

“I was in a studio in my shed before that, but the dog had run out of conversation,” she laughs and continues.

“The Mill has been the perfect space at this stage in my creative practice. To be around such a diverse group of creative people and to have the support from The Mill team is just so valuable.”

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The Mill is unique in South Australia, providing a Professional Pathways program adjacent to its centrally located studios. Since 2013, this program has provided emerging and mid-career artists opportunities to create new work and develop their practice alongside world-renowned creatives. By making the most of South Australia’s reputation as an arts capital, The Mill delivers residencies, masterclasses and workshops in partnership with The Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, OzAsia, SALA Festival, The City of Adelaide and other organisations. The purpose of this program is to advocate for the value of arts, and promote sustainable career pathways for artists and makers.

To learn more about The Mill studios, event spaces, residencies and workshops visit or get in touch via 

Bowerbird is the perfect weekend to seek, explore, find and collect gifts for Christmas, or simply enjoy the spectacular food and drink on offer while browsing the market stalls. The biannual Bowerbird Design Market returns to the Wayville Pavilion for three days from 4pm, Friday 23 November; perfectly positioned to offer a unique day out for shoppers and families a month before Christmas.


Posted on October 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

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