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!

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.

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

Barbara’s best foot forward last weekend at QAG|GOMA Christmas Market Monday, Dec 1 2014 

We take our own Georgian dropside table and a glass fronted display cabinet just to separate us from the other market sellers with their stall tables and black tablecloths. A day of standing as waves of visitors sweep past for a gander and sometimes a chat, often a try on and a nice lot of sales. We meet so many QAG customers – all regulars at our showcase there, gallery guides who are commission clients and many old faces appeared this year out of the blue.

A late afternoon shot just prior to bump out – Iza and Peter from QAG Gallery store with Dean and Gary, who can never drag himself away from the goodies . . . one sale down and next weekend is the studio sale running all day Sat and Sun for commission clients and their friends.

Here is the ‘mud map’ of all stall holders for tomorrow’s GOMA Christmas Market – from 9:00am to 4:00pm Saturday 29th November 2014 Friday, Nov 28 2014 

This is the correct compass orientation – note that the coffee cart will not be beside us tomorrow, blast!  The weather map indicates showers but at least yesterday’s massive storm-cell has passed over us . . . rain, hail or shine we will be there to greet you.

We hope to see you this coming Saturday on the lawn in front of the GOMA bookshop and entrance – the first of our two sales for the end of the year Tuesday, Nov 25 2014 

Stocks from our QAG showcase inside marked down and sold outside for one day only . . . then onto our own studio sale for commission clients and their friends the following weekend, December 6 and 7 2014. We hope to see you at one of the events, this season!

2014 commissioners powerpoint as a download Saturday, Nov 15 2014 

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