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
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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
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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.
Tinsmith: An ordinary romance is about to tour regional Queensland in 2012 and 2013 Wednesday, Jan 4 2012
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The ‘touring agency’ is Craft Queensland trading as Artisan with Barbara Heath as ‘the solo artist’ and Barbara Heath and Malcolm Enright as ‘Curators’. Having dealt with the objects and research material previously, Kirsten Fitzpatrick & Simone Jones have taken the content and flown with it extremely well. The list of ‘tin’ lenders are the Gillespie family, the Hesse & Allom families with Juan-Luis Gonzalez’s pieces and those from my own Urban Archaeology collection. The most exciting benefit will be a proper touring catalogue. The detail below confirms the catalogue content, only the designer has changed due to the tight deadlines over the holiday period.
2012 and 2013 touring catalogue – Tinsmith: An ordinary Romance. Specs: · Hard cover book with dust jacket, possibly with embossing on the cover (of silhouettes from Barbara’s work potentially, designer is still exploring options) · End papers · 40 page full colour · Spot varnishing on selected pages – possibly of tin pattern silhouettes Contents: · Foreword by artisan CEO, Liana Heath · Barbara’s essay on Tinsmithing · Essay on Barbara’s works by Miriam Carter · Barbara’s CV – we are using the full one from the website, please let me know if there is anything new to be added? · Images from original publication and new photographs of Barbara’s works. We are printing in Hong Kong in order to be able to deliver a gorgeous, high level publication. Works will be photographed this week and text will be finalized by next Wednesday to allow design over Christmas. Final files will go to Hong Kong 12 January. Melanie Schafer is designing the publication and she is going to start sending through initial design concepts soon, which we’ll forward on for your thoughts. The retail price will be $9.95 during the exhibition as this is part of the funding agreement with the Gordon Darling Foundation.
So we have a slightly reduced list of research works because of venue size, insurance & logistics, otherwise the show is put together with new studio-made objects that will tour to the following venues:
Pine Rivers Heritage Museum 31 January–1 April 2012, Bribie Island Seaside Museum 5 April–3 June 2012, Redland Art Gallery 24 June–22 July 2012, Cobb & Co Museum 10 September–17 November 2012, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery 14 December–16 February 2013, Ipswich Art Gallery 2 March–28 April 2013, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery 23 May–30 June 2013, The Centre for Scenic Rim Art and Culture, Beaudesert Mid September–October 2013.
Free (downloadable) tickets to the opening of the LiBrisFair in Brisbane, Friday 16th September 2011 Thursday, Sep 8 2011
Fine, beautiful and rare books, prints, maps, photographs, manuscripts & ephemera with prices to suit all budgets. History, Literature, Art, Natural History, Sport, Military, Queensland History and the flyer says much more – the erotica will probably be under the counter. This is the first event organised by our friend, Jorn Harbeck who has pulled together 15 other antiquarian booksellers from around Australia, including “Novel Lines Bookshop” at Brisbane’s Paddington run by another client and friend – Anne Jolly. The tickets are here to download and print out, further information supplied if you email him direct <firstname.lastname@example.org> The venue is at the State Library of Queensland, The Studio (Level One), Stanley Place, Brisbane.
A big surprise return of a Brooch that Barbara made in 1987 and found in a ‘moving house’ moment Friday, Apr 29 2011
Roz MacAllan returned this brooch yesterday, we have the other nine away – we have always wondered why there were five crosses and only four circles? as Barbara would have made five each? Juan says he wasn’t around when Barb knocked these out. $65.00 each at the time . . . (Roz remarked about why the circles weren’t perfect circles and Barb said – “they’re just $65.00 circles Rozzie”!)
Hand cut Balsa wood bases with poster pigments & brass brooch back. Collaged newspaper cuttings, texts from books and actual 35mm proof sheets of Barbara’s photography at the time with 24ct gold leaf features. Noughts & Crosses Brooches at the Roz MacAllan Gallery 1987 © Bh They remain in our collection until someone wants them more . . . I grabbed all nine at the opening of the show and there is also a Peter Kent photograph of Barbara wearing the nine brooches that I’ll scan and upload – here.
Here are the other nine: (which is your favorite one?).
Barb said to me that Roz should have the one she returned, she should.
This idea we developed today is already out there in the world (as a product) – wow! Monday, Apr 25 2011
Easter break, sitting around after four days of work sanding and resurfacing the studio floor and all the accompanying issues that surface – re-jig this, move that, maybe change this? We could honestly spend another week moving the polisher and the sandblast booth, repacking the boxes of materials that once were seen as essentials, seldom used now but precious never the less.
Discussion always turns to the next exhibition – plant theme for AGHS works to be made by July 2011 in time for a National Conference in Maryborough, Queensland. ” . . . what about starting with a step and repeat vector pattern using the hexagon © Bh pattern. Could we then wrap it and extrude all the points to seem like it is pulled and constrained in a reducing diameter?” . . . I kid you not as we talked this through with a beer and I’m sitting upstairs with maybe 20 Tumblr archives I follow, open – I see this post:
An almost identically fabricated idea, done already with a completely different product outcome! We are never surprised but remain blown-away by this incident, so come Tuesday I’ll be sorting out this rendering with Bretty to take the idea further into Brooch land for Barbara.