We can finally talk about and show you our ‘benefactor’s medal’ and presentation box commissioned by the QAG|GOMA Foundation Sunday, Oct 19 2014 

From a brief in March 2014 to the design, development, production and delivery of the first five units last Thursday for Friday’s Foundation event – a wonderful journey and delightful partnering with the Queensland Art Gallery. The presentation package was designed and realised in vector art by the studio and was then effectively produced in Queensland red cedar and perspex, inhouse at the Gallery while we worked with our fabricators (Gold Coast & Sydney & Brisbane) and finished the medals and ribbons in the studio. There were many photographs taken at hand over and an article will appear in the Foundation’s magazine in the near future, here is my shot of Barbara taken on the iPhone in the water pavilion.

Here is the ‘local trail’ antique & retro list for September 2014 for the Northern Rivers area of NSW Wednesday, Oct 1 2014 

Ross and Eve Heath who are at Bangalow put this together – (click for high-res .pdf download) and people we talked to all thank them for their services rendered. Their shop is huge, well stocked and priced for Sydneysiders on holidays.

The before and the after shots are always telling (telling me I shouldn’t try to do the impossible) Tuesday, Sep 23 2014 

French mercury gilded bronze and brass c1790–1820 is the last period of perfection. The case work is still robustly made with their steel and brass ties and nuts still substantial. The problem being two fold – removing the dirt and chemical residue remaining after time and abuse + finding all the bad repairs made over time to keep the case together.

The dial and bezel is in bad shape while the movement is totally rusted together. Dr Sal Rahman knows he has a particular divine clock and wants to spare no expense to have it restored, its the long period waiting that is the hardest.

This is a shot showing the clock and the studio garden.

Terry Thomas once managed the Gympie Gold Mine, say no more . . . Friday, Sep 19 2014 

He commissioned Barbara to design and fabricate a table top to hold his captivating crystal specimen – patinated copper sheet.

Another carnelian intaglio ‘portrait’ seal – Jean-Jacques Rousseau Thursday, Sep 4 2014 

Sourced from Warwick Oakman Antiques in Battery Point, Hobart, this portrait seal of the great “citizen” philosopher whose writing influenced the French Revolution. I managed some text sleuthing and on the Gutenburg.org site where I found this very charming story recounting his early childhood, in Rousseau’s own words:

‘Every night, after supper, we read some part of a small collection of romances which had been my mother’s. My father’s design was only to improve me in reading, and he thought these entertaining works were calculated to give me a fondness for it; but we soon found ourselves so interested in the adventures they contained, that we alternately read whole nights together, and could not bear to give over until at the conclusion of a volume. Sometimes, in a morning, on hearing the swallows at our window, my father, quite ashamed of this weakness, would cry, “Come, come, let us go to bed; I am more a child than thou art.’

This piece is a welcome addition to our wonderful studio collection of seals, carved soft stones and writing paraphernalia.

Some links for those interested to delve further – gutenburg.comthe Stanford sitethe Wikipedia site.

Strange to open the studio mid year for a sale, we learnt lots – a quick report Sunday, Aug 17 2014 

The once a year studio sale, end November each year for commission clients is a favourite. We have participated with the GOMA design mart since their inception and they now run twice a year. I posted to our blog and also sent out an email to our  list, 244 saw it the first day – eight good sales, four briefed commissions and countless people back afterwards incl people with repairs and a gem sold. So many people were reminded to visit as three customers remarked they have anniversaries coming up – spring is sprung!

Great interest with the new in-line necklet and one of Barbara’s ‘essential items’ – a hand made, solid gold hinged sleeper set. We are making up two pair and enhancers for one set. Here is a quick scan I prepared to show you Barbara’s own:

You all might be interested to see the recycled gates created by Bob Dylan Friday, Aug 15 2014 

Dylan’s welded iron objects were shown late last year in London at Halycon and this review is from Barbara’s ‘metalsmith’ magazine which we were delighted to read. We have already installed a repaired metal strapped gate in Tunbridge, Tasmania and I have been collecting any scrap iron from the township since 2006.

My last big horde was from the ‘tunbridge wells inn’ – the town’s first dwelling which was once a blacksmith’s workshop. The previous owner Jack gave me all the scrap iron he found when cleaning up the property to put it on the market. We had always thought of recycling these pieces of the town for our own gates once we reside there proper. 

 

Articulated earrings designed by a client and using her own Briolettes Wednesday, Jun 18 2014 

Our friend and client in Sydney does gemmology in her spare time and sources excellent material and dreams up designs that Barbara and her bring into the world. These earrings were devised using her own christmas tree decorations as a starter. 9ct palladium white gold and Aquamarine briolettes.

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.

McTavish clan emblem wrist bracelet – handmade solid silver and leather © Bh 2014 Monday, May 26 2014 

Commissioned for Peter McTavish from his wife, Wendy.

The studio started with the all the historical clan emblems available, one from the family and a previous wide wrist band Peter had found at the local Eumundi markets as a size indicator. Barbara has retained all her leather working tools from the 1970s and it was a delight to go back to this medium. We started by working up the vector line artwork both by hand and computer until we had all elements signed off and Juan-Luis could start the minute saw cuts that have realised this task. The shot below is of the emblem prior to chemical oxidisation and the fitting of the pins that secure the piece to the leather band.

Hand made solid silver buckle and lip finish off this one-of-a-kind commission, we love it!

 

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