Friday, December 14, 2018

Porteño Christmas Market

Sweets Workshop has a stall and the upcoming Porteño Christmas Market. Their last market was a cracking day filled with wonderful food and drink by Porteño as well as a collection a carefully curated market stalls all within the surrounds of their gorgeous venue. The Christmas Market is not to be missed - Mark Sunday the 16th of December in your Calendars. Come along to eat, drink and fill your Christmas stockings! The market runs from 9am-4pm.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

New Inner West T-Shirts! Available Online and In Store!

Our ever growing range of Inner West T-shirts are available now in Men's, Women's and Kids sizes. After launching them at the fabulous Inner West Music Fest last month they are now available online and in store at Sweets Workshop. Click this Link to view the entire range on our website.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

New Art Prints By Andrea Smith

We have a new selection of prints by local illustrator and Sweets Workshop favourite Andrea Smith. Andrea’s handmade collages are assembled from her large collection of hand painted papers, giving new life to forgotten tactile beauty. It’s this one-of-a-kind charm seen throughout Andrea’s designs - whether collage, paper cut, or textile print - that capture the imagination and give it flight in ways that words often can’t. Visit us in store to check them out.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Lets Decorate!

Our Christmas Speech Baubles are now back in stock at Sweets Workshop. This year they are available in Glitter Red, Glitter Gold and NEW Chunky Kaleidoscope Glitter Acrylic. They are $10 each and available in store. Check them out in our Christmas window display.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Extended 2018 Christmas Hours

It's December again and we've extended our opening hours! We are now opened 6 days a week to get your creative shopping fix this Christmas!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Inner West Music Fest 25th Nov!

This Sunday 25th November is the biannual Inner West Music Fest, held at Pratten Park community Sports and Bowling Club in Ashfield. We are happy to be a part of the event and will be launching a few new t-shirt designs on the day! Come by and say hi and have a pre Christmas drink with us ; )

"Bring a rug, bring the family for a great day out with a smorgasbord of awesome music, fabulous food, artisan stalls, kids activities and a well stocked bar. This is a grassroots event with all profits raised going to charity, put on by community minded Inner West locals. $5 entry, kids under 5 for free. Bring your mates!"

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Summer Hill Square by EmmaJane Illustration

In Spring and Summer the charming Summer Hill Village Square is buzzing at twilight with families dining al fresco whilst children play happily in the square on the rainbow crossing with chalk, scooters and games. The Square is the subject of EmmaJane's most recent illustration, completed in ink and watercolour then digitally collaged with found textures. 
Art Prints are now available in store and online. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

We welcome Hunter Candles!

We are very proud to announce that we are now stocking candles by Newtown local Hunter Candles. They are completely natural, hand poured, soy wax candles, with delicately scented earthy tones. 

We are now stocking: 
Australia - blue gum, lemon myrtle & wattle; 
Lynch - basil & cucumber; 
Deborah - fig tree and 
Cave - peppermint & eucalyptus.

Visit us in store to experience these beautiful candles. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Open for 2018!

We wish you all a very Happy New Year for 2018! 
This year we look forward to bringing you new and interesting goodies, great design and of course amazing work by talented Australian artists! 

Our 2018 open hours are:
Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Christmas & New Year to You!

We wish you a very Merry Christmas 
& a Happy New Year! 

 Thank you for supporting local and Australian creatives, we value all of your support throughout 2017. 

 We will be taking a family break until mid January and will announce our opening dates for 2018 via the website, instagram and Facebook

All the best, Emma, John & Rosemary

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's December and we've extended our opening hours! We are now opened 7 days a week to get your creative shopping fix this Christmas.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Face the Music - Exhibition Opening

Here a a few photos from the opening of our current exhibition Face the Music by local artist and one half of Sweets Workshop John D-C. I would love to thank all the friends, family and music fans who dropped by for the opening.

The exhibition runs until the 9th of December 2017 at Sweets Workshop Gallery in Sydney, Australia. Shop 4, 58-60 Carlton Cres, Summer Hill 2130. If you can't physically make it in to check out the exhibition you can view the entire show online here.

Face the Music is an exhibition of paintings of some of the most famous faces in music. John D-C has hand-painted over 30 vibrant portraits that feature some of his favourite iconic musicians from across the decades. These include; Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Nirvana, Radiohead and many, many more.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Interview with John D-C about his New art Exhibition

Can you tell us about your new show 'Face the Music'?
I have hand-painted over 30 vibrant portraits that feature some of my favourite iconic musicians from across the decades. These include; Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Nirvana, Radiohead and many, many more.

How did you select the musicians to be featured?
Well all these artists have made music that I absolutely love. I also wanted to tell the story of Rock 'n' Roll and popular music across the decades from the 1940s to now and I've selected musicians that I feel are really significant stepping stones in this narrative. 

Describe the artistic style of your exhibition?
Hmm electric, low brow, folk art portraits hahah! In all seriousness when I started work on 'Face the Music' I wanted the portraits to be very graphic representation of the musicians boiling down their essence as well as their likenesses. When I initially sketched out the portraits I tried to not only create good caricature based likenesses but to also include a sense of their personality and music they created. I have been very deliberate in my colour selection whether it's warm pastel colours to represent the wholesome sounds of the 1950's or vibrant bold colours to illustrate the immense shift that took place in popular music through the 1960s & 1970's. I have also selected certain eras or costumes to represent significant points in the career of each musician to again help create a graphic, instantly recognisable representation. 

Tell us more about the costumes you chose to depict each musician in?
Most of the musicians I chose to paint have had quite extensive careers so I did a lot of research to select the one outfit that I thought
really summed it up. A few examples are for the Beatles (as seen above) I really couldn't go past their costumes from Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, this album not only really changed the Beatles' career but also the idea of what an album could represent and opened up the flood gates for 'concept albums'. I painted Elvis Presley in his pink sports coat and blue and black leisure shirt that he famously wore on his appearance on the Milton Berle show in 1956. The television network received so many complaints about Elvis' gyrating hips that he had to be filmed from the shoulders up on the Ed Sullivan show. Jimi Hendrix had a number of pretty fabulously flamboyant outfits throughout his career but I chose to depict him in the yellow pirate shirt he wore at London’s Finsbury Park Astoria on March 31, 1967 where he famously set his fender stratocaster alight, again a very iconic image. For David Bowie I used the cover image from his 1973 album Aladdin Sane the follow-up to his breakthrough album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bjork is another artist who has had so many wonderfully iconic and unique outfits but I went with the swan dress that she famously wore to the 2001 Academy Awards and also on the cover of her album Vespertine. 

Describe your technique? 
Each portrait is painted on a flat timber block that I have hand sanded. I chose to paint them on timber as I love the natural grain that shows through painting. I have deliberately chosen to paint with a feathered border so you still get to see the timber peeking behind the portrait. It also helps keep each portrait unique. I initially wanted to use gouache paint for its vibrancy and flatness but It doesn't create the most durable finish and I felt that placing the finished portraits behind glass defeated the point of painting them of such lovely pieces of timber. After a fair bit of trial and error I settled on using a mix of flat matte acrylic and acrylic gouache paints to achieve a wonderfully vibrant and flat matte opaque colour palette.

How does this differ from your other artwork and illustrations?
It was really different for me to work with quite a simple brief this time around and to really develop a unique style, technique and visual language for this show. I am really happy with the end result; each piece is unique but fits with  the look of the exhibition. Another massive difference was that I was working manually. I usually work digitally or at least add digital elements to a hand-drawn sketches but for this show I wanted to work solely by hand.

What are some pros and cons to working solely by hand? 
Well I definitely love not working in front of a computer screen. It actually feels really cathartic to be working manually on one thing at a time building a finished piece of art one colour or layer at a time. I also really love the happy accidents that happen when working by hand be it a little piece of white gesso undercoat  cheekily sticking out behind a background or a little swoosh of paint that didn't quite go where you wanted it to go but feathered out beautifully. I find these kind of happy accidents are pretty rare when you work digitally and they are also really hard to replicate and always tend look a little forced or fake when done digitally. There is one big con... No magic undo button that and waiting for paint to dry.

What Next for John D-C?
I've had such a fun time working on "Face the Music" that I'd love to continue working in this format and style... who knows I might even move out of the musical world... I'd love to work on a few pop culture portraits, 'Face the Movies' has a nice ring to it.

You can see more of John D-C's processes and work in progress for 'Face the Music' over at his Instagram page.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Face the Music - An Exhibition by John D-C

We have a brand new exhibition starting next month at Sweets Workshop by our very own John D-C .

John has hand-painted over 30 vibrant portraits that feature some of his favourite iconic musicians from across the decades. These include; Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Nirvana, Radiohead and many, many more.

The exhibition officially opens at 2pm on Saturday the 7th of October all are welcome to attend. Face the Music is also part of this years Summer Hill Neighbourhood Feast which is on Sunday the 8th of October. If you can't make the opening the show will run until the 9th December so there is plenty of time to check it out.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Now open 5 days a week for 2017!

2017 here we come! 
Our gallery is now open for the new year. We are looking forward to showcasing more local and Australian artists throughout the year with some fantastic exhibitions coming up and artwork on display in the shop. Stay tuned to the website and social media for updates. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Have a Creative Christmas!

We hope that you are enjoying all of the bells and whistles in the lead up to this Christmas! To help you with your gift shopping we will be open everyday in December from now on up until Christmas. 
Sunday 11am - 2pm
Monday 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 10am - 5.30pm
Wednesday 10am - 5.30pm
Thursday 10am - 5.30pm
Friday 10am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm

We will be open Christmas Eve 10am - 12pm

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Interview with MonstreLu about her New art Exhibition

Can you tell us about your new show 'The Neurotic Adventures of MonstreLu'?
'The Neurotic Adventures of MonstreLu' explores my connection with both the real world and my own unique fantasy world, where monsters personify people, memories and experiences from my own life. My work is heavily influenced by Pop Art and Saturday morning Cartoons, which can be seen in my vibrantly painted characters.

My artwork is an explosion of vibrant colours, thick black lines with layers of characters and intricate patterns. On first inspection my artworks appear to reflect the innocence of childhood, but once you delve into the details you start to get a sense for my warped & weird sense of humour.

Whether you're an art lover, a cartoon buff or a kid, there's something for you to delight in. I hope you enjoy the ride.

What has inspired you to create this work?
I draw inspiration and influence for my art  from experiences in my own life. Theres nothing I love more than sitting down at my desk ready to create a bunch of unique monsters that i bring to life though colour, pattern and personality. When I paint, music is one of my biggest motivators. Often I will sit at my desk and become absorbed in a painting, the next thing I realise it's 8 hours later and I'm well on my way to completing another piece. I get so involved in my artworks that I only stop for drink top ups, album changes and toilet breaks. 

Each of my artworks tells a story, some humourous and others a little more sinister. In my piece 'sugar rush' all of the monsters are addicted to sugar, some of the characters are actually made of sugar and they are all trying to eat each other. I was inspired to do this piece because Sugar has been everywhere in the media lately and everyone has become obsessed with it so i thought it would be amusing to poke fun at it.

Another of my favourite, yet darker pieces is called 'that boy needs therapy' and each of the monsters have a mental health problem....Mental health can be such a sensitive topic, rather than using sombre greys, blues & blacks which are colours you are more likely to identify with this topic, I've tried to make this piece as vibrant, inviting and eye catching as I can. I want people to start viewing mental health problems as normal and artworks around this topic don't always need to be dark.

What artistic processes have you used to create the works in your show? 
Firstly I day dream about my next piece and how I am going to present it... I think of the characters that I want in the artwork, what they will be doing and what the background will consist of. Each of the backgrounds is directly related to the story behind the artwork and they are very important to each piece. I start out by picking my surface i.e. Skateboards, round canvas or traditional canvas. I draw up all the monsters in pencil & then outline them with a black sharpie. The next step is to mix the colours and start painting the layers of acrylic. Once all the painting is complete I go over the lines again with Sharpies and Poscas often using coloured sharpies to add in some extra pattern, detail or shading to each character. The colour selection for the background and monsters is vital because I need to ensure that the monsters pop from the background and don't get lost in all the madness.

What are some of the challenges you have experienced in your process?
Coming up with new monsters in each piece can get challenging once you've completed around ten artworks. 
I also experimented with a lot of different types of acrylic paints, it took a while to find a brand that delivered thick and vibrant colours that were suitable for my paintings. 

When I first started this body of work, I had wanted to create around 15 to 20 paintings. I was a little concerned at the beginning that I would lose interest or find it difficult to create that amount of work. I was really surprised that I got so invested in this project and was nearly pumping out an artwork each fortnight. My next biggest challenge will be seeing what my style develops into and trying new mediums.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Our 6th Birthday!

It’s hard to believe we’ve been part of the Summer Hill landscape for 6 years but this week marks Sweets Workshop’s 6th birthday. Over the years we’ve seen so much wonderful art and it has been such a fulfilling experience showcasing the work of local and emerging artists.

Thanks to all our artists and customers for all your support, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many lovely people. To celebrate our birthday we are having a week long 15% off sale on our online shop. Simply make a purchase of $20 or more and enter the code SIXTHBIRTHDAY at checkout.
Offer available online ONLY, valid from 24th until 31st of July 2016,  
(Offer not available in store or with any other discount offers).

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cherish your Inner West Art Exhibition for MOST

Cherish Your Inner West
by Emma Simmons
Opens 5th March for MOST

'Cherish your Inner West' is an exhibition of illustrations by Inner West local artist Emma Simmons. Emma has a passion for recording urban street scenes and celebrating the local history, architecture and environment. 

The exhibition captures some of the Inner West's fading iconic landmarks in ink, watercolour and fabric textures. 

The exhibition opens at Sweets Workshop in Summer Hill as a part of MOST – Marrickville Open Studio Trail on the 5th and 6th of March. 

Sweets Workshop is located at Shop 4, 58-60 Carlton Cres, Summer Hill. Just opposite the Summer Hill Train Station.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! We would like to announce some exciting news, the Sweets Workshop family is expanding, we are awaiting the arrival of a Sweet little baby in the New Year. We wish you and your families a fantastic Festive Season, thank you for all of your support throughout 2015, see you in mid Jan 2016.