An artist and gallerist purchased the latest Housegeister we sold at St Matgaret’s Mayo Festival Tuesday, Jun 10 2014 

Michael Eather has been making his art for over 30 years now and we once shared the same dealer – Michael Milburn so we have been mates since then. His own gallery – Fireworks Gallery shows a miriad of indigenous and non-indigenous artists side by side with a spread of senior to emerging artists from all over Australia.

We are always excited when a piece goes to a good place, person or collection, in this case it goes to all three and what’s more Michael ‘gets it’ . . . these ‘Tinsmithed objects” were covered in Inside-Outside magazine at the time of the first Artisan show, for those new readers here are the two downloadable pages – onetwo. I’ll post a smaller pic of page two , below.

Small ‘housegeister’ sculpture by Barbara Heath to be won, opening night at Mayo Arts Festival Tuesday, May 13 2014 

To be won in the raffle on Friday evening, May 30 2014 at the Mayo Arts Festival and Gallery opening night, St Margarets, Ascot, Brisbane. Housegeister #6 by Barbara Heath was part of the ‘Tinsmith: an ordinary romance’ touring show curated by Artisan and toured regional Queensland 2012–2013. We have consigned all the returned artworks as part of our sculpture component. We are showing jewellery also, new makes and old favourites from the ‘jeweller to the lost’ studio stock. RSVP on-line at <reception@stmargarets.qld.edu.au> or call 07 3862 0777 to arrange tickets for the opening. With 35 jewellery and sculpture artists showing – this fourth year is shaping up as the biggest and best. We are proud to have been associated from the very beginning . . . download the invite.

We repaired the Honeywill’s ‘hausgeister’ recently and this is the installation update photograph, just received Thursday, Apr 17 2014 

 

This unit is from our sold out, first show at Artisan where we showed ‘Tinsmith: An Ordinary Romance” in 2010. Regarding these small spirit guards that we have been asked to make on numerous occasions, the key as we understand it, is to place a mirror within the small architectural device. Spirits, we are told are such curious fellows and can’t resist a small interesting shelter but when one of them sees himself reflected in the mirror, he is sure to behold an ugly terrifying image and quickly goes elsewhere – thus rendering the abode safe and sound. Russian and German folklore is full of such stories that stray into the supernatural but we don’t believe in ghosts, do we?

29 days in Tasmania and returned home safe and sound to a greening Brisbane Thursday, Mar 21 2013 

A break from the studio is indeed a holiday but all we do is work at our other project – the restoration of our Tunbridge shop and residence. We did a three day jaunt to Strahan via Queenstown and home north through Zeehan and Waratah where we continued our tinsmith research. Barbara and I found her Great Grandfather’s grave in the old cemetery outside the town where the Mount Bischoff tin mine was active in the 19th century. We secured ore samples, the bicentennial book on the region’s history and talked to many folk who were interested to chat tin . . .

Found two luscious early and now rare – pontypool japanned (tinned iron ware trays) for the collection.

Barbara’s second one-person show opened on the 15th March in Hobart’s Handmark Gallery to a swollen crowd who turned out to hear her well chosen words on her Tasmanian Landscape and Craig Judd’s twist on the European view of the place as witnessed by the early Hobart surveyor – J. E. Calder, as he opened the painting component of the show (as part of the 10 days on the Island festival). Many of our friends travelled to Hobart from Launceston, Ross and Oatlands to boost our Hobart friends and commissioners. Our show is selling well, Allanah managed a nice article in the Hobart Mercury on the morning of the show also.

The rest of the time we worked on the shop and in the garden while the painters prepped and painted the front and back awnings and the attached building. Kim and mal E did the carpentry repairs, a few shots below. We achieved much in a small time and managed visits to Clarendon with Warwick Oakman, Ros Palmer, cousins Sandra and Tommy, Graham Mulligan, Miles Davis-Kielar, Ray and Pat, Allan and Linda Cooper, dealers Joan at Sandy Bay, Carl at New Town and Tim at Campbell Town, Allan and Sandy Davis, Graham and Ann Hesse, Lyn and Rob Robson, the lovely Emma and Ray, our accountants from Brisbane Mary and Robert Edwards, our pal Annie the wwoofer, Joy and Kim, Joy and Kevin, Rodney & (Joey), Norman and Claire Pearce and the Tunbridge brigade. Huge thanks to Babe and ‘clock man’ Paul Jones for the loan of the diesel ute for the entire month. We missed seeing Marg and Steve Jones, Robert and Michael at Longford, Dot and Mike Evans and only managed a chat with George Burrows on the dog’nbone. Travelled and gained ‘velocity’ points with Virgin with ronE in the baggage hold. Back to 7 screaming commissions and 32 job bags on the shelf – wouldn’t be dead for quids!

I’ve posted ten big Tassie panorama shots on my Tumbr site  . . . here

We managed to visit the fourth venue showing our Artisan touring ‘tinsmith’ show – Toowoomba’s Cobb and Co Museum Friday, Nov 30 2012 

Further two pics here and here. The show is now bumped-out and on its way to Gladstone in north Queensland.

Tinsmith Touring Exhibition – opened at venue three yesterday down at Redland Bay Monday, Jun 25 2012 

Almost 100 guests turned out to hear Liz Shaw’s opening address at Contemporary Wearables/Tinsmith opening on Sunday June 24, 2012. Emma Bain welcomed Councillors, artists, visitors, gallery guides and team members. Dr Deborah Porch, Ian Were, Dr Gael Phillips, Liz Shaw’s partner Nick and one other younger maker we know Shanna Muston were in attendance with numerous well dressed folk enjoying the drinks and ambience down on the bay. A great companion exhibition for us actually, shows great planning and many wonderful jewellery and objects into the bargain, through July for a month – worth a go-see.

Sunday Mail article published today, Bribie Island ‘tinsmith’ touring show reviewed Sunday, Apr 8 2012 

Our memory was jogged earlier on when a text dropped in from John Potter – see page 49 of today’s Sunday Mail. Yes, while we were away in Tasmania recently, Carly Hennessy and I texted Barbara’s responses to Carly’s questions as she prepped her review of the Bribie Island leg of the touring tinsmith show. Barbara sadly had to decline the invite to open the show due to our holiday bookings. Download the larger .jpg - here. The flyer invite is – here.

Picking up the pieces at New Town Park Saturday, Apr 7 2012 

Conservation work over a glass of French wine with Warwick, Barbara, Bradley, Steven and Malcolm at Hobart’s g g – style headquarters (georgian/gothic) . . . wider shot approved for publication.

The ‘tinsmith – an ordinary romance’ touring show opened last Friday night at the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum to a great crowd Monday, Feb 13 2012 

Dr Gael Phillips (pathologist, historian, artist, collector), mal E and Barbara Heath (curators it says in the catalogue) in front of one of the display devices designed by the Artisan team.

Tony Clarke who teaches manual arts and runs the CAD team at St Joseph’s Nudgee College, shown here with Barbara after he told us what every group of the Gillespie templates would make just from viewing their flat form. The lively crowd enjoyed the well-informed opening remarks by the local Councillor Bob Millar, the Council’s network coordinator, Joan Kelly and Barbara’s short talk. The touring catalogue is a hard bound 34 page offset coloured piece of romance and was provided by a grant from the Gordon Darling Foundation and the entire touring exhibition was funded through Arts Queensland (State Government) and the Australia Council, the Commonwealth Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Touring dates have been supplied in a previous post – click here.

Exhibition Assistants: Zoe Wolfe & Miriam Carter. Publication & Tour Manager: Simone Jones. Catalogue Design: VoltDesign. Contributing Writers: Barbara Heath & Miriam Carter. Photography: Rod Bucholtz. Copy Editor: Evie Franzidis. Foreword: Liana Heath, CEO of Artisan. Exhibition Curators: Barbara Heath & Malcolm Enright. All the owners and lenders are acknowledged. ISBN:978-0-9871226-1-2

The first ‘touring’ Tinsmith show’s invite for everyone – take notice of the dates and address Tuesday, Jan 24 2012 

Some readers will join the dots, my NAWCC Clock Chapter 104 held a watch and clock display at Pine Rivers a while back and we are now venturing out there again for the touring Tinsmith show in Feb 2012. Barbara’s artist talk is on the 10th at 6:00pm for 6:30pm. The hard cover catalogue is being printed in Hong Kong at the moment, will be interesting to see it as we have not been shown any proofs – the show is really out of our hands now. We have great faith in the touring body and Artisan and warmly invite all of you to venture a little north for the show. The Pine Rivers Heritage Museum is a great venue and holds the Roy Copper Clock Collection as well as a terrific static folk art and object show from the local catchment.

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