Bunting some thing, bunting fun thing . . . would go a long way wrapped around your tree Monday, Dec 22 2014 

A joyous thing for your backyard tree, something hand-made by K.T.

Her JEANBAG® enterprise branched out (pun intended) this year to bunting and I was a-taken-a-back by all the bunting I happened to notice since I saw her recycled denim handy work. I was so busy towards the end of the season to go get some + we don’t do a traditional tree BUT for all those fornicating trees in the backyard, I can think of nothing better!

A family affair – studio commissions rather than random finds while Christmas browsing Saturday, Dec 20 2014 

Lyn Taylor’s brief sheet starts with the date 1/10/2014 and notes delivery in time for Christmas wrapping . . . something for daughter Kate and two things for Lyn. Her large lace dish earrings with x10 of her old cut diamonds, her rubies and recycle her three family rings, white enamel fusion in 18ct yellow gold with those easy-to-wear hooks that Barbara and Juan-luis do so well.

The studio buys back the gold, unsets the stones, weighs and notes the gem details and uses refined gold for its purity. The rings were possibly from early 1900s but the diamonds were from much earlier times, being old rose cuts probably recycled when the rings were made. The diamonds were lovely and clear as were the rubies. We sourced more 2.5mm rubies to get the symmetry right. A large .pdf is here.

Lyn’s wide ‘saddle style’ ring (detail below) with her gold filigree removed from old ring and reapplied to a new © Bh ring with oxidised silver finish.

Kates new ring below using her Amethyst, (11.5mm x 7mm scissor cut 1=3.00ct) set into a tapered rectangular box setting, fitted low for protection and held with x4 claws. Setting is fitted to © Bh ‘cheapside style’ band with each shoulder junction having a cluster of beads as detail in organic style – set with yellow Sapphires and Tzavorite Garnets. 9ct palladium white gold with burnished finish.

I’m busy scanning and preparing posts while the two jewellers slog away on the final makes for the year. A few dedicated commissioners have opted to wait until the new year. More studio visitors who have returned to family here have visited and picked up gifts – most work is reconsigned to our three retailers but we keep studio favourites here for the next five days, right up to Christmas eve.

Another enterprise on Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove in Brisbane that so deserves some of your Christmas dollars . . . Tuesday, Dec 16 2014 

Kylie Johnson & ‘paperboatpress’ has been growing in artistic stature since 2003. As an ex-typographer, designer and creative director I have so much in common with her text/ceramics and her object paper works.  These have taken-off both locally and internationally now she has her shop and on-line shopping cart. I visited today to say “merry christmas” and to scout the shelves for holiday tree fodder. Her web is here – go buy! subscribe via RSS to her lovely blog and hop on the typographic journey she is on.

Life imitates art – naturally occurring right under the Queensland Art Gallery Tuesday, Dec 16 2014 

I snapped this shot last Friday in the underground cavern on the way to the parking station – it could be any large Morris Louis that I’ve see overseas or go inside the QAG and see on the west wall outside the ‘sublime’ show the wonderful weeping blue pigment abstraction by the Morocco/French artist: Latifa Echakhch. Eyes and minds open with camera in hand!

State Library of Queensland has a small selection of brooches from ‘Tinker Tailor’ on show now Saturday, Dec 13 2014 

Proceed to the second floor and in a lovely long showcase you will find the stories of the women selected, their field of endeavour and the contemporary jeweller’s brooch that was produced in response to their story.

Artisan was responsible for initiating this knockout show and they then travelled this exhibition to eleven regional venues throughout Australia 2012–2013. Curated by Kirsten Fitzpatrick, tour managed by Simone Jones, essays by Dorothy Erickson, Kirsten and Evie Franzidis with photography by Rod Buchholz & Andrea Higgins. The catalogue (published twice) was designed by Melanie Schafer. ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor – 100 women, 100 brooches, 100 stories” – remains an inspired local arts initiative, one that 100 individual jewellers are all proud to be part of as I know Barbara was.

We take the day off every 12th of the December to celebrate our wedding anniversary Saturday, Dec 13 2014 

2014 is our twenty first wedding anniversary and the twenty eighth year since falling in love. The day and evening is always different, this year we caught ‘future beauty’ at GOMA and lunched at the restaurant there. We had tickets to the opening bash but were frantic with work commitments so we waited until we had time to do it justice. We then came home and both lazed upstairs reading and watching the summer sun fade before a long dog walk at dusk. A detail on the bedroom wall that we hardly ever see, even on most weekends as we are busy in the garden or I’m busy cleaning house or restoring some clock or colonial piece of furniture, just one day-in-the-(charmed)-life I lead with Barbara Heath!

Our annual ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ commissioners + friends, two day studio sale starts tomorrow at 10:00am Friday, Dec 5 2014 

Special makes, stock returned from retailers, some vintage 80’s and 90’s Barbara items, some gem fiends only concentrate on gem stock – everything at wholesale and less until the studio closes for the summer break. This annual event helps us clear the stock trays and assists new year metal and gem purchases, it also enables collectors and fans to stock up on another signature piece while others are here for three or more well-priced gifts.

Additional pic selection: - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8

The next masterpiece for our long time commissioner known as ‘pink lady’ Tuesday, Dec 2 2014 

The ‘Black Garland Ring’ using recycled diamonds from her mother – in Barbara’s language: Commissioned (everyday) gem cluster design has close groupings of various sized discs, four diamond pavé, six diamond pavé, large round brilliant diamond and large oval brilliant diamond with three black shakudo discs – arranged in a low curve across the finger. All fitted to formed underrail and diamond set band of rounded tapering profile. Polished finish in 18ct palladium white gold.

Commissioned eternity ring collected today and on its way to Hobart soon Monday, Dec 1 2014 

The first ring commissioned by Cliff and Laura Hurburgh is fully covered in a previous post - here. 2007 seems a long time ago and seven years later we were delighted to receive an email and then a studio visit from Laura wanting more quality sapphires and diamonds for her next Barbara Heath piece. A very pleasant time looking at all the ring style models, internet images and wholesale gems here in the studio – another carved ‘London Bridge’ style, square and round stone array is designed, created, set and finished in time for the family’s move to Hobart.

From December 1 you can now order and collect your ‘real christmas tree’ from Stefan or it can be delivered Monday, Dec 1 2014 

I usually post a note as a reminder to friends in the Brisbane area . . . about this great little sideline for Stefan’s framing business. I also happen to support ‘real artists’ such as Dan Reynolds in the UK although the .jpg above was sent to me in 2010 by a clock buddy in Chicago. Go and commission a conceptual illustration or a gag cartoon – here.

Real Christmas Trees from as little as $65.00 – a great medium tree is $99.00 and up to XL priced trees at $180.00 all + delivery. +61 7 3366 8461

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