We can finally talk about and show you our ‘benefactor’s medal’ and presentation box commissioned by the QAG|GOMA Foundation Sunday, Oct 19 2014 

From a brief in March 2014 to the design, development, production and delivery of the first five units last Thursday for Friday’s Foundation event – a wonderful journey and delightful partnering with the Queensland Art Gallery. The presentation package was designed and realised in vector art by the studio and was then effectively produced in Queensland red cedar and perspex, inhouse at the Gallery while we worked with our fabricators (Gold Coast & Sydney & Brisbane) and finished the medals and ribbons in the studio. There were many photographs taken at hand over and an article will appear in the Foundation’s magazine in the near future, here is my shot of Barbara taken on the iPhone in the water pavilion.

Latest commissioned dress ring collected on Thursday (with much celebration and delight) Sunday, Oct 19 2014 

Tamsin Cull and Barbara huddled together for almost three meetings to plan and execute this © Bh offset “lace dish” ring they have dubbed –  THE STORY SO FAR. Recycling her materials and gems, we worked with 5 cushion cut diamonds from her Grandmother’s ring and 2 diamonds and 1 ruby from another earlier commission + 1 new brown diamond + bead details from Grandmother’s ring + yellow gold from her Florentine ponte vecchio ring – got that? All recreated in 18ct Palladium White Gold and Yellow Gold by the studio and using all the other metals to create the shaped and elegant © tapered Bud band. I’ve asked Tamsin to periodically shoot the ring and send on her pics, my choice of her first three is below:

Commissioned ‘mourning ring’ for her husband Wednesday, Oct 8 2014 

Robert John Kerr (Bob) Myers was our friend also, after a wonderful life working as a soil scientist in many parts of the world – he slipped into dementia after a stroke. The local chapter of the Australian Garden History Society will also miss him as does his loving family and friends. Margaret and Barbara worked on this elegant © Bh ‘saddle’ 18ct Palladium White Gold, Diamond and black enamel ring in his memory. I love the Diamonds all in a row like seedlings, buried in the black soil.

Exquisite pair of local boar’s tusks turned into a pair of wearable bangles Friday, Sep 26 2014 

The questions were: 1) do we make silver fitted caps for each tusk? . . . and they sell them as objects. 2) do we endeavour to make them into wearable bracelets? 3) if so how to make them both fit her slender slim wrists? 4) There will have to be lots of metal, Silver or Rose Gold? 5) how to best show off the patina and growth lines of the tusks?

Barbara, Juan-Luis, mal E, Vanessa and Michael played with the options . . . sometimes they we were all in accord, ideas were lobbed into the mix like wild-fire – two meetings then the solution was drawn up, costed a few ways and accepted in a few minutes.

I’ve posted both together (above) and the two separate (below) © Barbara Heath – Jeweller to the Lost

 

 

Feedback from Vanessa Roche, via iPhone messaging: “Nancy Cunard photographed by Man Ray, she is fun to google . . . Thanks again for the bracelets, they are just perfect! I might try to build up to this look”. The image sent was too small to post –  our Nancy Cunard image comes from the Jewellery to the Lost library ‘ Costume Jewellery in Vogue’ by Jane Mulvagh.

Sometimes, conservation-wise less is more Wednesday, Sep 17 2014 

With this centenary of WW1 many public orientated organisations are presenting mementoes of service. A group of nurses from the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital – (Museum of Nurses History) . . . called the studio seeking assistance with objects in their care. This wonderful steel chatelaine has an intimate story but also shows surface breakdown due to rust and the previous storage environment. We suggested minimal intervention, first a scalpel was used to cut away the surface growth and burnish away the rust then brass brushing, cleaning with gum turpentine + olive oil and hand rubbing to bring up the patination. To be collected today and into their display tomorrow . . .

 

He bought her a large round brilliant cut diamond but she loved the idea of a square princess cut Tuesday, Sep 16 2014 

So Barbara designed and made her wedding ring over 20 years ago with a rather special setting, it showed the round diamond off in a square setting with Barbara’s usual abundant use of metal. A deep stone requiring a high cushioned setting – well we have been commissioned to cut away the stone, use the metal and create a new tapered offset ring and do a new gem encrusted band to accompany the new ring. Everything that went through the first ceremony stays intact for whatever the future throws up . . . we loved this sentiment and the brief from this long standing Melbourne client.

 

I’m impressed, Barbara has bought two large A2 prints and Max has given me copies of his two books Monday, Sep 15 2014 

I spent the morning with Max amongst his orchids and ferns at Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. Then into his folders of illustrator and photoshop files and his earlier workbooks, diaries and hand drawings. His web site has two books for sale that most of my contacts will simply want to have at home to adorn their library’s garden section; ‘the enchanted orchid’ and ‘striptease – It’s all done with flowers’. Both are beautifully post produced and printed on quality stocks, both are trimmed to 250mm H x 210mm W.

With ‘the enchanted orchid’ Max has designed, photographed and written this picture book that cleverly covers his chosen category. 144 pages drawn on to a folded laminated cover, first published in Sydney in 1999. Max has now done a second imprint co-published with Vanity House and his Cooroy Gardens entity in 2003 with a small number remaining from a very respectable second run. It sells for A$40.00 + postage of A$15.00

His ‘striptease – It’s all done with flowers’ was co-published later in 2005 with Vanity House and Cooroy Gardens also and is really a peek-aboo at his own marvellous story and talents with some generous take-aways for those interested in illustration, those with a handle on the Latin names for the floral species and those just looking for a great gift and read. It sells for A$25.00 + postage of A$15.00

 Again, Max is selling his remaining copies on-line so get in touch better still post him a cheque today <Max Fulcher 101/193 Main Street Kangaroo Point QLD 4169 Australia> and don’t forget to add your postal address. Repost this to your own blogs also.

 

Another carnelian intaglio ‘portrait’ seal – Jean-Jacques Rousseau Thursday, Sep 4 2014 

Sourced from Warwick Oakman Antiques in Battery Point, Hobart, this portrait seal of the great “citizen” philosopher whose writing influenced the French Revolution. I managed some text sleuthing and on the Gutenburg.org site where I found this very charming story recounting his early childhood, in Rousseau’s own words:

‘Every night, after supper, we read some part of a small collection of romances which had been my mother’s. My father’s design was only to improve me in reading, and he thought these entertaining works were calculated to give me a fondness for it; but we soon found ourselves so interested in the adventures they contained, that we alternately read whole nights together, and could not bear to give over until at the conclusion of a volume. Sometimes, in a morning, on hearing the swallows at our window, my father, quite ashamed of this weakness, would cry, “Come, come, let us go to bed; I am more a child than thou art.’

This piece is a welcome addition to our wonderful studio collection of seals, carved soft stones and writing paraphernalia.

Some links for those interested to delve further – gutenburg.comthe Stanford sitethe Wikipedia site.

More on our recent Tasmanian 10 day jaunt Tuesday, Sep 2 2014 

Overnight at the New Town Palace – Hobart shops – Burning off the summer garden’s waste – Reinstated the Georgian internal staircasePolished kitchen floor – Mr & Mrs Kissafish for lunch – Evandale relies drop in – Clockman, Warren & Babe – Unfruitful trip to Longford – Campbel Town shops – Two Profs from over the road drop in – Sunset on the river – Tracker gone – Rodney & Joey Kevin Joy Wishes Paul and Peter Simon – Quite a few perfect shots away – Gardening – Trip to the tip – Cracker drive to the airport in the MG ZT – and below the Peel-away project:

Barbara’s two ‘still life’ small sculptures are at Handmark Gallery, Hobart and Evandale Tuesday, Sep 2 2014 

The entire show is still online here.

925 bright and oxidised Silver with coloured and patinated copper handmade © Barbara Heath – Jeweller to the Lost

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