Handforged and reticulated silver ‘Bib’ necklace with enamel Jade and bar & ring clasp © Bh Thursday, Sep 26 2013 

 

Issue 3 of The Fashion Archive went live yesterday with Barbara’s Q&A responses Wednesday, Sep 25 2013 

Barbara’s history is given some focus in the current issue as well as other local fashion heroes (Joshua Jones, Amanda Hayman, Kellie Alderman, Paul Hunt & Patrick Woulfe + The Miegunyah House Museum) – click here and at the base you will find the story links and back to issue 1 and 2. Go Madeleine and Nadia et al . . . they have visited home and studio this week to do my own Q&A and looked into my ephemera archive for Issue 5 content.

The ring on the right flew to Venice today, nice Tuesday, Sep 24 2013 

We are now noticing the third wave of designers, architects and creatives engaging with Barbara and the studio to make their life markers. Now in our fourth decade of creatively collaborating with commissioners, these two bright young sparks came to us with a well defined aesthetic – two wedding rings for a UQ student of art history and a masters of architecture student at QUT. Katie Themor flew to Venice yesterday to continue her research on the architecture of the old Jewish ghetto. Katie also works at the QAGoMA bookstore where she is involved in retailing our works on consignment. Jeremy Zigenbine works at KP Architects and is currently engaged on the new refurbishment of the Wickham in Fortitude Valley. Both rings were clearly briefed and executed to their specific requests – his textured ‘moebius’ style is a © Bh favourite while Katie’s ring, a narrow 1.5mm rounded band to suit her engagement ring – simple polished finish and both in 9ct yellow gold.

Commissions always come with such interesting stories and we end up adding to the piece’s history with our work Saturday, Sep 21 2013 

They were in NYC and so loved the Chrysler building and then unexpectedly found this and it became their ‘friendship’ ring, we have remade the top part. Then they found a battered base metal ring that became their wedding ring. Bee always wanted Barbara to make her a copy with noble metal and channel-set diamonds, then Daz snuck over and initiated this new version. He picks it up today . . . two versions one with the camera and one with the scanner:

We are the ‘family jewellers’ to so many clients, we have become family to many as well . . . Friday, Sep 13 2013 

This ring is under way for Bessie, using her Uncle’s white opal, slightly similar to her sister’s ring style but Barbara and Bessie spent ages nailing this down to be specifically ‘her own’. I had a lot of fun scanning and doing the design documentation.

Today was New Year’s Day in Ethiopia, but only to the year 2006 Wednesday, Sep 11 2013 

. . . everything you need to know is here – but the Ethiopian man who helps us with the garden handed in this solid gold ring he found in our garden ‘today’ . . . and it has crosses and is circular (so it will appear on ephemeral-male blog as well).

 

Another valuable edition to swell our library resource (and add more weight to the floor joists) Wednesday, Sep 11 2013 

Big surprise in the mail yesterday, the latest ‘Lark’ jewellery tome edited by Damian Skinner. Three separate sections breakdown this world-view focus on contemporary jewellery, dated 2013. Two authors we know have well articulated essays, Kevin Murray weighs in on the (7) spaces that hold jewellery’s attention and he also writes on ‘the political challenge’ to contemporary jewellery, today. Julie Ewington offers us the ‘Now and Then’ – a thinking essay on ‘the contemporary in art and jewellery. Barbara’s work is covered in the ‘Australasia’ section, again authored by Damian Skinner. Get down to Folio (Angelos) and the QAGoma bookstore (Peter) and ask them to secure your own copy . . . today.

Every monday for weeks Marian Drew and Barbara Heath have done time in the studio here working on their collaboration, opening in November 2013 Sunday, Sep 8 2013 

. . . my shot shows stamped silver and a dipped wire test for the pieces under development.

A birthday gift commission – © Bh Earrings to match her peridot necklace Friday, Sep 6 2013 

Rose gold bracelet chain – extension design to a necklace © Bh 2013 Wednesday, Sep 4 2013 

You know, when Barbara came to Brisbane in the mid 1980s she made ‘antique’ chain for Hardy Bros in any design they requested – be it Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian styles. I have always been in awe of these studio’s skills. This design is for a long-time friend who wanted a metal solution to turn her bracelet into a necklace for a major Birthday commission.

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