All the excitement of the engagement ring commission, then the wedding plans, the wedding rings – the big day and the rest of their lives Sunday, Mar 29 2009 

Kurt and Gabrielle are both young designers who came to Jeweller to the Lost through ‘word-of-mouth’. Gabrielle got her engagement ring in February 2008, it featured at the time in a blog entry of it’s own + one informed comment from a USA reader and friend . . . Kurt’s wedding ring was the second commission, finished in time for their wedding yesterday. Gabrielle’s ring came back also for a polish and the two rings were sent off for secret engraving on the underside. Kurt’s brother came to collect so they both saw their rings in time for the big “I DO”.

Once again, D. D. McNicoll creates the sensation but fails to supply important facts Tuesday, Mar 24 2009 

The ‘strewth’ column today – the old fruit rabbits on reproducing the blurb supplied but again, leaves out the important bits. Who dreamed this wonderful artifice into reality? I wish I could report on the original team who did the work – the client, the builder and the architect . . . a collaboration of the highest order. The dimensional cladding created and fabricated remains cemented in my brain – the Brisbane  architect was Edward Devenport – the father of our own Queensland curatorial export of late; Ms Rhana Devenport. (Rhana’s brother Peter is also an architect of Taiwanese theme parks).

Fellow follower (and friend) of the Devenports; Simon Stocks sent me this shot of his wife (Pip) and her sister, Maria taken at the Big Pineapple in the early 1970s. Yes, it is low-res but look at the original colour! That pic from the Australian (above) was rather washed-out . . .

Friends are selling The Chestnuts, an 1885 landmark house in Ipswich. I spent two days last week working up all the photographs, doing the A4 front & back brochure + the large illustrated sales sign Monday, Mar 23 2009 

I first visited this house in the early 1970s, I worked every weekend for an antique dealer friend of our family – Mr Harcourt Howard. Betty Clarke was a regular visitor and buyer at Harcourt’s home at Denham Street Clayfield, a school teacher, a spirited bower bird who invited me up to Denmark Hill early on in our friendship. Chestnuts was her and Ashley’s “doll’s house” as I remember it – they lived there in small arched rooms completely crammed to the roof, verandahs over-flowing and a kitchen so filled with colonial objects that each week’s shopping, I guessed would never fit.

Allan & Linda had previously make restorations to the building for Ash & Bette and had first option to purchase. Here’s a bullet-point list of features: – Triple brick ground floor walls, with double brick upper – Extensive use of flame and fiddleback Queensland red cedar – Antique cast iron spiral stairway – English antique high level W. C. suite with calico interior to pan & stoneware fluted hand basin to powder room – Antique W. C. suite, claw foot bath & marble floor to bathroom – Marble floor & walls to ensuite – English imported wallpapers – English styled panelled conservatory – Eat in kitchen with restored Aga stove, walls marble; French provincial style – Floor marble & terracotta – Fire place to master bedroom – Polished cedar cutstring staircase to full height attic rooms with gothic windows – Reverse cycle air conditioning to lounge & bedroom – Secure front verandah with cast iron panels & lattice – Rear verandah with cast iron posts & panels with views across Ipswich to Brisbane – Detatched laundry & sewing room – Detatched garage with remote controlled door –  Monitored back to base security system – Exterior security lighting – Iron security grills to all accessable windows – Hard wired synchronised smoke detectors to all levels – Sandstone summer house with slate roof nestled in two metre high rear walled garden – Timber pitched roof potting & gardeners shed – Terraced front gardens landscaped with sandstone paving and retaining walls – Victorian terracotta garden edge tiles bought the house and added wings . . .

Barbara and I also selected The Chestnuts as one of the two Ipswich Houses for our recent commissioned sculpture for the Ipswich Art Gallery, so we already had a great connection to the place when the Coopers asked me to do the marketing & design work with them. Here’s a small A4 .pdf of the brochure and the house can be viewed on the web – here.

Two silver finishes in this ring for a friend Sunday, Mar 22 2009 


Here’s an inverted image of the above graphic, Barbara feels that the image shouldn’t be so rinso-white . . . click here. Here’s just the one ring image.

Justine Austen worked in the Bh studio, her Monster Zoo Show in Cairns is coming up – here’s my creation as a pointer Sunday, Mar 22 2009 

Justine writes to Barbara:

“I would love for you to do me the very great honor of opening my very first solo show “Monster Zoo” at KickArts Contemporary Arts here in Cairns the show runs from the 17th of April to the 6th of June.  The opening night will be on friday the 17th of April at 6pm.  While there was no budget for a guest to open the show I have managed to get 1 nights accommodation at Hotel Cairns for you if you can make it”?.

“The show is all about the little monsters that inhabit everyday life, the one that turns the light off and on in the fridge, the culprit who puts holes in stockings. The following except is from my exhibition proposal …….. The Wunderkammer also known as kunstkammer, a predecessor to the modern museum, were encyclopedic collections of objects and animals whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined as real or fake. One such animal was the Wopertinger (Crisensus bavaricus), later identified as a fictional animal, is said to inhabit the alpine forests of Bavaria in Germany. Like the Jackalope, the Wolpertinger is thought to have been inspired by sightings of wild rabbits infected with the Shope papilloma virus, which causes the growth of antler?like tumors in various places on the rabbit’s head and body. In 1587 Gabriel Kaltemarckt advised Christian I of Saxony that three types of items were indispensable in forming a “Kunstkammer” or art collection ? firstly sculptures and paintings; secondly curious items from home or abroad; and thirdly antlers, horns, claws, feathers and other things belonging to strange and curious animals. The monster will try to fulfill these three principles; they will be small sculptures, use curious items from all over and have claws, horns and antlers. My creations are monsters that, like Wopertingers, need to be displayed and categorised to give validity to the creatures that lurk in peoples? imaginations. They are the monsters that inhabit the nooks and crannies of our every day life. Being displayed and categorised has led the [Wolpertinger] Wolpertinger/Wolperdinger – dinger meaning thing . . . and Jackalope to be studied and identified, this process may do the same for the monsters. As a Kunstkammer, influenced by pop culture, the monsters will allow their audience to reconnect with their childhood imagination. Giving form and meaning to unexplained occurrences (like who or what turns the light off in the refrigerator) and making fear of monsters something to be embraced, celebrated and worn with pride”.

Unfortunately, we will be in Tasmania pruning our fruit trees so Barbara will regret being unable to play her part . . . Justine’s invite is here, it’s a 1.6Mb download. Her .pdf of the 30 Monsters is a 3.8Mb .pdf here.

Ray Norman sees his role in later life as ‘attacking ideas’ – this mal E realisation entitled; “ZINGAdinga” shows the monstar’s lair. His recent delving into the stories surrounding these Tasmanian(?) apple-seed craft works has indeed surprised everyone. Now some see him as a mild-mannered monster! Sunday, Mar 22 2009 


Ray’s Tasmanian Applesseed Research Network  blog is receiving many hits but I see that no one has yet to actually make a comment to date?

John Hawkins has invited Ray to visit ‘Bentley’, to delve into the Tasmanian necklace collection housed there and Ray has taken some of John’s pieces to join others that Ray has collected. All these apple seed pieces will undergo scientific evaluations to ascertain their (taxomony). The issue as Ray sees it is to ascertain their Tasmanian-ness, to attribute any folk story, to search deeper into their cultural production. And to apply the resultant findings into his continuing response to other assumptions of  Tasmanian-ness that have been made but now with the peer review process Ray has set up, his action-research methodologies, his copying and distribution of the findings as they surface and his eventual articles to be presented to the – Journal of  Modern Craft; we all look forward to the ensuing cultural cargo and particularly the new view into the many shipping manifestoes that will surface. Readers might be interested to read Ray’s earlier 1995 Masters paper entitled: JEWELLERY AND CULTURAL IDENTITY: A Tasmanian Perspective

First came Dylan’s commission for the engagement ring – then the follow up wedding ring mixing © Bh design elements and styles plus Gina deVivo’s family stone and gold Wednesday, Mar 11 2009 

Gina & Dylan wanted to use her Grandmother’s Diamond & her Great Grandmother’s Gold from a family bracelet, © Bh Chenier Ring design, our recent Holbein raised stitch detail in 18ct Yellow Gold on an 18ct Palladium White Gold band with the design reversed on the Wedding Ring. A sweet brief that emerged over a year or so, the wedding is this weekend for 70+ guests and once again we have been told that it was well worth the wait, the planning and the execution of the rings & bridal treats.

New gem stack Rings with divine hard Sapphires in heavy textured 18ct Yellow Gold in the Barbara Heath studio and at on sale at de Novo in Palo Alto Calfornia Wednesday, Mar 11 2009 

The current suite of gem stack Rings with Padparascha & BET Orange Sapphires is certainly causing some interest. A studio visitor today tried on the one directly above and has asked for an image or two to show her partner. November 2008 we consigned others to de Novo Gallery and in the next few days, both QAG-GOMA & Artisan will both be stocked with our 2009 © Barbara Heath range offerings. Larger .pdf for easy download and viewing – here.

Shooting kangaroo the safe way – with the FujiFilm s3500 Wednesday, Mar 11 2009 

In our road trips to Tasmania (from Brisbane and return), we choose to only drive in daylight hours, it stretches out the trip to four days but keeps the animal & bird road kill to a minimum. I’m always shooting if I’m in the passenger seat and most times thinking of all the shots I’ve missed while driving . . . here are two shots I’ve pulled together as a 6.82Mb .pdf download for our USA and Canadian friends who follow our journeys. I’m thinking of Bill Shaman in NYC who always gets sent ‘billabong’ photos and the occasional road signage. Susan Davis & Lynne Elliott nee Kukuck, Barbara’s childhood friends from her days at school in Surrey UK and Janis Kerman & Simon Wahed (our soul buddies) in Montreal.

Here’s a detail below and click here for the download.