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.

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.

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 

The viewersite.wordpress.com <pages> ) top left column – have all been updated

 

Brad couldn’t wait until Christmas eve either . . . Friday, Nov 7 2014 

Krista is a viewersite blog follower and Brad and I decided to hold back on publishing the image above. I did it so he could see his commission just prior to sending it off to Sydney. See the comments panel for more of the conversation & search this blog for the other fabulous pieces of Barbara’s jewellery that she owns, including one of the first pairs of 18ct yellow gold handmade hinged sleepers. “Happy Christmas for last night”!

“Bespoke pieces of Jewellery are part of your history and will tell that story forever. I’m not sure that an expensive handbag will do the same” – Loquet, London from The Times 5/11/2014 Thursday, Nov 6 2014 

Umm . . . that’s our little trade secret also – a one to many relationship with clients,  it separates “Jeweller to the Lost” from the masses of Fashion High Street customers.

Early November every year I sift through the commissioner’s data to create our list, to thank those who dare to be different. The list this year is so delightfully long, I have even counted another x16 job bags pending, for people who are not rushed. Client’s who trust Barbara and Juan-Luis to get around to it when their turn comes.

 

“The It bag is dead – long live diamond bracelets, gold necklaces and gem encrusted rings and bracelets.” ” What is different today is how women are increasingly turning to jewellery to transform their wardrobes.” “Of course it helps that fine jewellery is back in Vogue.” “Jewellery designers continue to push the boundaries with precious stones. Bashing them, chipping away at the edges to create a stealth-wealth badge.” – There you have it, our customers who really get it spend hours here with our wholesale gem collection planning and pushing the ideas before pulling out their card to commit to another wearable investment.

We are finding it hard to make new stock for retailers Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 

. . . as multiple commission requests and a large public art project have taken up almost all the time and energy available. Nevertheless the studio still manages to recreate some of our ‘heroes’ when we lose them to customers, this new Mother of Pearl dress ring has just been handed to me to scan and cost for consignment. With our annual ‘studio sale’ planned for the first weekend in December I know that this ring will not be going anywhere until the sale.

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