The Studio West End – 10 year celebrations start at 2:00pm Saturday, September 13 2008 Saturday, Aug 23 2008 

Adele Outteridge & Wim de Vos have mentored many printmakers, artists, sculptors and artist book designers & makers since 1998 at The Studio West End in Brisbane. Wim has handed out perspex boxes to all the artists associated over that time with a request to ‘make a work’. My friend Graham Bligh was rolling prayers to fill his box so I have dipped into my press cuttings from Column 8, Sydney Morning Herald and the ‘weird world’ section of The Australian. I have attempted a collage to humanity – along the theme of my “Inseparables” from the mid-1980s. The larger .pdf (1.35Mb) will download if you click here.

Regarding the celebration party that will surely go to the wee hours of the morning, the blurb says 2:00pm and the cake cutting is scheduled for 3:30pm after some “words” by Jeraldene Just. Factory Two, 2nd Floor, 35 Mollison Street West End – phone + 61 7 3844 8469 for further details.

Here’s an earlier blog entry for The Studio West End – where I was asked to open their annual studio show in 2006 and here’s a shot snapped of two workers, Lynne French & Graham Bligh the day I delivered my box:

Mathilda is only five and and this is her fifth bespoke charm © Barbara Heath Friday, Aug 22 2008 

That’s Tilly’s drawing of herself as a mermaid on the left, with a front and back scan of the charm (with photoshop shadows) . The larger version to view is here.

The first charm with a Ruby, her July birthstone + the family’s symbol that we designed earlier for the women in her life – the maiden clan. The second one has already been featured on the blog, a little bell with a double leaf lattice – she picked that out from Barbara’s space junk (that’s what Barb calls the spare castings box). The third was a horse with a Pink Sapphire eye, the fourth a coral ball. Guess it pays to have both parents who are designers & architects eh?

Two Family heirlooms kept in tact and recycled into a memorial locket by Jeweller to the Lost © 2008 Friday, Aug 22 2008 

Click on the larger version to view here . . .

Barbara Heath Jewellery shows at the Wilston State School Art Show – opening 7pm–11pm Friday September 5 2008 Thursday, Aug 21 2008 

I originally posted the two flyers but like every other art event invite (in the world), they were loaded down with masses of supporter’s logos. Nothing wrong with showing them, its just that as a designer I’ve had to fight tooth&nail all my working life to provide data in a better state of presentation . . . so like a true design nazi I ‘ve deleted them from our own blog!

Here’s the ticket for the night we have just received, this has all the details you will need to know A) what’s happening B) when (so you can make that important diary entry) and C) the cost, hopefully you retain the place and the address. All the lovely sponsors should be on the back . . . The other important thing is that our mate; Bruce Heiser will judge the show, the best artists & producers from our own neighbourhood will also be on show and selling their goods . . . so please drop in and support this cause if you are local?

The Mayo Festival – St Margaret’s Gallery – 23–25 October 2008 Tuesday, Aug 19 2008 

Numerous speakers join together to celebrate the life and career of Daphne Mayo while launching the festival this year. St Margaret’s & Urban Art Projects collaborate with x7 Brisbane Sculptors and x7 Brisbane Jewellers in a series of events – Launch Breakfast 22.08.2008 from 7:00am–8:30am, Exhibition Preview 24.10.2008 from 12:00noon–4:00pm and the Exhibition opening 24.10.2008 from 6:00pm–9:00pm. Further details from their web site or call Bettina Groves on 0419 025 980

Barbara does a short, nine slide intro talk to her work at the breakfast – here are her slides & text in sequence:

01 I just love jewellery! What a medium to work in…precious, miniature, symbolic… such an effective little sign language carried on the body; expressing style, wit, humour and of course the most touching sentiment

02 My work has brought me close to people seeking the right object to witness the depths of their emotions. I believe the best Jewellery captures this duality – intimacy and permanence. With the right jewel we create a little time capsule, one we throw hopefully into the future.

03 Bespoke or commissioned, product range or experimental… everything we make has a precursor, a lineage if you like. Every new invention builds on the last. For this reason I’m intrigued by jewellery from past eras, and I’ve collected a library of books to support this interest.

04 This image from the book ‘British Rings’ has long captivated me. Labelled as part of the Cheapside Hoard, these are elegant and modest jewels, but why cover the gold in white? The story of this group of jewels is even more intriguing.

05 Last year, with the support of an Australia Council skills development grant I made a trip to museums in London and St Petersburg to find out more about this very specific collection of historic jewellery.

06 Sometime in the early 17th century in unknown circumstances, a collection of jewellery was stashed beneath the floorboards of a building in Cheapside, London – at that time the street was very much the centre of luxury goods.

(They joked at the time that there was plenty to tempt down on Cheapside, though none of it cheap.)

This time capsule survived the Great Fire, the blitz and 400 years of urban renewal before it was discovered by a demolition crew in 1912. Now known as the Cheapside Hoard, the collection of 400 exquisitely wrought objects resides at the Museum of London.

07 The story of the hoard is fascinating, and the century it was created in, even more so – because these pieces, (as artifacts do!) express SO much about their time. Global exploration, massive new gem finds in South America, the rapid expansion of the merchant class, new technologies and the extraordinary migration of skilled artisans into new trading hubs, contributed to the explosion of creativity in works such as these.

08 I’m struck by their colourful exuberance, the naive charm as well as the exacting skill of the enamellists.

09 The chance to see and handle these pieces has been so valuable to me as an artist, and of course, it will be easy to see how it has informed the new work I will be showing at the Mayo Festival.

Malcolm’s selection of local folk art from his urban_archaeology collection – a submission to the curators at the Ipswich Art Gallery. Tuesday, Aug 12 2008 

The advert in the local antiques guide said – “more please”, the Ipswich Art Gallery is developing Queensland Folk Art; an exhibition to be presented in June 2009 as part of Queensland’s sesquicentenary. The gallery is seeking fine examples of the following items of Queensland orign for research, publication and loan: Tramp Art, Scrimshaw, Carving, Leatherwork,Wattlework & Patchwork.

The powerpoint created shows 68 items selected from many hundreds more in cabinets and boxes around the house and studio. Michael Beckman asked for these to share with Glenn Cooke and other curators working on the show. So if you have anything  that you feel is local and worthy, give them a call + 61 7 3810 7222 or an email to <>

NOTE: the powerpoint is 37.71Mb, either be patient & view in the browser or go to the viewer site to download-

Commissioned Ring with sentimental family opals for Jen Marchant © Bh 2008 Tuesday, Aug 12 2008 

Jen Marchant and Barbara go back to Barbara’s early days in the Brisbane Arcade shop. Jen trained as a graphic designer, has started design practices, partnered in studios and has featured in other blog posts of ours . . . so Jen has seen styles and jewellery solutions come and go. Its this knowledge that assists the commission process + the fact that older family jewellery pieces while being sentimental are better off recycled into something modern. It takes vision and guts to walk this path – Jen’s Mother’s Australian opals never looked so good as they do now, having the story intact and now enhanced with Barbara’s lace work and white enamel fusion!

Farewell to Justine Austen after 3 years with the team at Jeweller to the Lost studio Saturday, Aug 9 2008 

Justine is a qualified gemologist, a jewellery designer in her own right with product in numerous outlets throughout Australia. She leaves us today after spending two days a week in the studio since ages, Justine follows her partner to Cairns where he has been head-hunted into a new publishing position with KickArts. Their canine shadow – Cash will tag along and will be missed by many studio visitors, us included. Thanks and best wishes to the family!

An older 2005 bespoke ring for Peter Rowsell that I just found on old CD back-ups being transfered to hard drives. Friday, Aug 8 2008 

As the copy says, we use client’s stones as well as our own hand-picked gem & crystal stock in commissioned work – just a reminder to all those out  there with a loose bag full of goodies!

Sean Henderson’s commissioned bespoke ring for Cath Barker © Bh Friday, Aug 8 2008 

Cath’s 40th birthday is the reason for this commission – 10 years married with two lovely boys – a stunning domestic refurbishment managed & completed – Cath had been a working colleague of malE nearly 20 years ago and a staunch Barbara Heath jewellery commissioner herself, we delight in showing the world her newest piece of bling.

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