Three shots of an object we commissioned from Shanna Muston Tuesday, Dec 24 2013
Shanna was successful in her ‘art start’ grant proposal, early in 2013. Both Barbara and I mentored her in all aspects of her business / jewellery start up. We have been mates for quite some time now and have followed her work. The piece of wood we gave Shanna is from our old store in Tunbridge, Tasmania. Water etched and with traces of old paint, this piece if timber fits with her aesthetic, beautifully. We thought that some of the grant fee we earned should be put back into Shanna’s own practice so we commissioned an object in response to the timber piece. It was delivered last week but we still have no idea about her title, we shall all wait for a comment + feedback. Between us, we have wonderful examples of local jewellers work. In fact we have pieces buy everyone who has ever spent studio time with us over the years.
Here are x8 shots I took of the ‘silver’ objects when they were housed in the studio cabinet Monday, Nov 18 2013
The show at the Museum of Brisbane opened last Thursday evening to a host of guests and many of our pals, all the artists and those closely associated with MOB. Marian has taken great individual shots of the objects on a white ground and the work itself shown with the backdrop looks super but here I am sharing eight of my more moody shots:
“Six pairs of Queensland’s finest visual artist collaborate for the first time for ‘silver’. Each duo – a leading photographer and artisan jeweller – consider the differences and commonalities in their practices to present new artworks inspired by our city.” Barbara and Marian’s artist talk is at 2pm on Sunday 13th April 2014 just prior to the show’s closure on 27th April but don’t wait that long to see this super show . . .
Issue 4 of the online ‘fashion archive’ launched tuesday this week, I’ve only had time to post on Facbook and have sent a dozen emails to friends mentioned in the texts Friday, Oct 11 2013
In fact Barbara ‘s Q&A was in #3 and my Q&A followed in #4. Liz Golding and Tim Gruchy sent personal messages of support, as did the two co-directors of the archive. Barbara and my resource collections are also covered in #4 in an article entitled ‘pieced together’ – here are the two links – Q&A – Collections. We do hope you will make it a must read, go back and start from #1 and follow this exciting Brisbane fashion initiative.
Any old jeans, any old jean any any old denim . . . jeans . . . to donate to KT? Friday, Oct 11 2013
Multi faceted Brisbane identity and designer – K.T. Doyle is ‘away with the denims’, these days. Her JeanBag© is a recycled homewares product born of opportunity, wit and support by the Brisbane City Council. Her ongoing creative enterprise is documented in her wordpress blog – click here. We dropped off a small parcel of denim today and this lovely card awaited us. Go and read about her product and if you have spare denim to donate for a great cause, email her at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Everyone with taste has entered either their Milton store or this last incarnation in Fortitude Valley. As the partnership ends with both of my friends striking out in different directions, you have until the end of October 2013 to carry away a bargain. I have enjoyed learning from and repairing the few high class timepieces they have entrusted to me over the years. Here’s a shot taken on thursday as I swung through to wind the last two clocks remaining.
This imposing bust in painted terracotta represents Jean Baptiste Colbert, Ministry of Finance under Louis XIV and is finely carved in a ‘movement of drapes with attention to detail and proportion’. The large framed canvas in the mirror is by the young Italian master Carletto Calliari (1570–1596). The subject of the masterpiece is the circumcision of the baby Jesus and most likely comes from the Church of San Francisco in Treviso which lost all its paintings during the Napoleonic wars. Denis says that everything is reduced drastically, we will see . . . what remains to fill the homeward bound container? I will miss their fun and friendship.
Issue 3 of The Fashion Archive went live yesterday with Barbara’s Q&A responses Wednesday, Sep 25 2013
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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.
Today was New Year’s Day in Ethiopia, but only to the year 2006 Wednesday, Sep 11 2013
Working on a full case and movement restoration that so deserves to be brought back to life Sunday, Aug 4 2013
The most sweet silk suspension, time only French Empire mantle clock (unsigned) that has been through every war since 1810 and survived . . . the dial is distressed but that will be on the way to Marnie Myall in Melbourne, tomorrow. These small petite hands hold further clues as does the pair of gilded lions that have been partially covered by a mahogany slab case. All reinstated after an overall clean and rub-up, no glass in bezel though _ dial gone to Melbourne for an acrylic fix.
mal E returned home safe today from two weeks work on our shop and residence at Tunbridge, Tasmania Friday, Aug 2 2013
Our American friend and master carpenter, Kim Vagt and mal E powered on for 10 days straight – achieving great pressured results upstairs and downstairs. We prepared the ground and briefed Greg Edwards to create a replacement Georgian internal staircase to the exact proportions, to be repositioned exactly where the original one stood. We also contacted our original sparky to visit and plan the final stages of electrical installations to the building. A wide pano of the shop room has been uploaded to malE’s viewersite on Tumblr and can be downloaded – here.