Terry Thomas once managed the Gympie Gold Mine, say no more . . . Friday, Sep 19 2014 

He commissioned Barbara to design and fabricate a table top to hold his captivating crystal specimen – patinated copper sheet.

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.

 

My first boss came to morning tea in the studio last Thursday Saturday, Sep 13 2014 

In my holidays after my first year at art school, I spent six weeks at McWhirters in the Myer advertising department run by Max Fulcher. It might as well have been Madison Avenue because that tight little ship had most of the creative energy in Brisbane under the firm tutelage of Max and his team. I say tutelage because I actively learnt every job involved in the communication business, hands-on there in the next two years (1966 and 1967). I can still rattle off the names of the people working there who made such an impression on me – lots who years later I was pitching against for business in my own right. Max ran and trained the most creative enterprising division of Myer in the day, we were always being pushed by the Queensland chairman Harold Fielding to knock off the Melbourne team run by Wally O’Donohue. Not only did we achieve better advertising, better results for the group in Brisbane – Max delivered costs at a quarter of the price.

The world needs to know about this man from Yeronga’s meteoric rise to international retail success. Here in his own words to me, he explained his early grooming under Sir Kenneth Myer: ‘I introduced myself to Macy’s San Francisco where I met and began a working association with Duane McHolick who later came to Australia and set David Jones on a new promotional path “There is only one David Jones”. Studied with Mashall Fields (Chicago), The Broadway Stores (Los Angeles), Bonwitt Teller, Bloomingdales, Macy’s (New York). Myer supplied personal assistant and office in the New York Herald building. Introduced by Clyde Bedell (advertising guru who Myer sponsored to Australian in conjunction with Melbourne Herald around 1961) to Sek Seklemian (Retail Reporting Bureau – Retail Advertising Week) and wife and stayed in adjacent apartment  to them at the Barbizon Plaza 58th Street. Seklemian offered to sponsor me as his personal assistant (young Australians had good all-round training in advertising) if I decided to return to New York but loyalty to Myer prevailed. Holidayed in Nassau (Bahamas), returned to Macy’s (San Francisco) and was appointed Director Myer (Qld) upon return, June 1964.’

My own career couldn’t have started at a better time or a better place. Max’s sister Gem ran Camera Craft for Harry Poulsen at the time and she too was an active stimulus to my evolving fashion sense, Gem passed away recently and Max gave me this pic of her (left) and their friend Pat.

Like me, Max is an early adopter and his story of early digital times in Sydney is amazing – he started doing his own orchid illustrations after overcoming the vagaries of the Quark environment. Max lent me his catalogue of his first 108 personal illustrations, he has completed 111 to date. These are all layered vector elements created in Illustrator but more complex than that – he holds every shape he has ever created in folders at the same resolution so he can import and copy and place into new creations. He has a gallery relationship in Sydney but all our Australian Garden History Society friends should get in touch direct. My many interior design and architect friends should work with Max to enhance their hospitals and hotels with his exquisitely rendered digitally produced prints. Go direct here . . . A larger print of #11 that I like also. <max@maxfulcher.com> 0428198012

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:

Teresa Lee leaves the studio, end of August to continue her Jewellery and Metalsmith studies in Scotland Tuesday, Sep 2 2014 

and she promises to return in early 2015 so we are delighted to keep her place here. After graduating in 2013 from Griffith University – Jewellery & Small Objects and she has been here all through 2013 and 2014. Travel well and take care! – recent shot.

Strange to open the studio mid year for a sale, we learnt lots – a quick report Sunday, Aug 17 2014 

The once a year studio sale, end November each year for commission clients is a favourite. We have participated with the GOMA design mart since their inception and they now run twice a year. I posted to our blog and also sent out an email to our  list, 244 saw it the first day – eight good sales, four briefed commissions and countless people back afterwards incl people with repairs and a gem sold. So many people were reminded to visit as three customers remarked they have anniversaries coming up – spring is sprung!

Great interest with the new in-line necklet and one of Barbara’s ‘essential items’ – a hand made, solid gold hinged sleeper set. We are making up two pair and enhancers for one set. Here is a quick scan I prepared to show you Barbara’s own:

You all might be interested to see the recycled gates created by Bob Dylan Friday, Aug 15 2014 

Dylan’s welded iron objects were shown late last year in London at Halycon and this review is from Barbara’s ‘metalsmith’ magazine which we were delighted to read. We have already installed a repaired metal strapped gate in Tunbridge, Tasmania and I have been collecting any scrap iron from the township since 2006.

My last big horde was from the ‘tunbridge wells inn’ – the town’s first dwelling which was once a blacksmith’s workshop. The previous owner Jack gave me all the scrap iron he found when cleaning up the property to put it on the market. We had always thought of recycling these pieces of the town for our own gates once we reside there proper. 

 

233 shots of Barbara’s 60th arrived last night courtesy of Jane Grigg – nice, thanks ‘ovandout’ Wednesday, Aug 13 2014 

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