Freaky Little Creatures


The art of Nicola Milan | Perth Fringe Festival, January 2020

One day Friday 17th January… all manner of freak, wonder and weirdo descended on the FREAKY LITTLE CREATURES Interactive Art Exhibition, held as part of the 2020 Perth Fringe Festival.

Perth, Western Australian illustrator and musician Nicola Milan threw her first solo exhibition to celebrate the culmination of two years of illustration work. 

Held at Feld & Co in Booragoon; a delightful creative space that was all too happy for me to scale the walls and double sided tape plastic cut outs of trees to the walls and blue tack a million and one bats!

Although I was really happy with how the exhibition turned out, the truth is, the whole experience nearly burned me out with the stress of it all and how much there was to do. Most people put art up on a wall and call it a day… but no… I had to have a whole evil forest along with four completely different sections to the exhibition: 

  1. The Aristocracy
  2. Magical Creatures
  3. Vampires, Witches and Warlocks
  4. Carnivorous Plants

So with this vision in mind and over 28 pieces to exhibit… I set off to make my world of Freaky Little Creatures a reality.

Peruse the quirky characters from the exhibition below… the art was pretty good too! (hehe) But seriously, this art attracts the coolest crowd; lovers of Steampunk, Gothic, Foklore and all things slightly left of centre.

The whole affair became more of a temporary art installation than just an exhibition, and made me realise I FREAKING LOVE DOING THEM! I cannot wait to do my next installation. Stay tuned…

Nicola xx


Ms Milan in the evil forest. Home to her vampires, witches & warlocks.

Come behind the scenes…

Drawing the evil tree cut-outs

I headed down to the park near my house so I could roll the 5m long pieces of builder’s plastic out flat. Weighting the corners down with bricks, bags and flip flops I used a very un-reliable white marker to draw the shape of the trees which I then cut out.

Drawing the evil tree cut-outs

Close up of the unreliable white marker. It only just managed to draw both trees before running dry on me. 

Spray painting my evil forest trees

I went around to the local areas of bush land looking for the perfect branches to use in the exhibition. I managed to find two big 1.5m branches and a bunch of smaller ones.

I then spray painted them black for effect. I went through three whole cans just for about 6 evil trees.

I also made a right mess out on the grassy verge of my house…

The Carnivorous Plant Section 'Before'

The Carnivorous Plant Section 'After'

The Evil Forest 'Before'

The Evil Forest 'After'

This photo: Karen Lowe Photography

Some photos taken by Karen Lowe Photography

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The Von Furstenbergs

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Hugo and Emelda

Twin children of Madame S. Archibald. Fond of collecting pet spiders, rare species of slugs and eating black pudding. Read their story here…

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