The Artisan marketing machine is into full swing, they have this year’s program to lock down and advanced media to co-ordinate with Australian fashion and Design journals . . . so Barbara is being asked for copy, images and texts that speak to her project even though the research is all we have so far. Below I’ll post the texts and working title just received:

Title – Tinsmith: an ordinary romance.
An exhibition of new sculptural work by Barbara Heath – Jeweller to the Lost that pays homage to the Tinsmith trade.
‘If necessity begets invention, so ordinary details may often display a surprising narrative’.
Research for the exhibition investigates 19th Century Queensland Tinsmiths work produced for the building trade; functional and decorative design adapted to the conditions of this environment, that now form part of our design vernacular.
Even a brief survey of the trades required for the new colony of Queensland indicates a substantial number of tinsmiths were well established by 1874.  Colonial tinsmiths worked tin plate with simple tools to produce basic household wares from pots and pans to tubs and buckets. Initially they followed the pioneers; supplying the needs of the miners, farmers and settlers as they journeyed to ever more remote areas. As towns and populations grew the tinsmith diversified and we find advertisements for roof guttering, ridge capping, spouting, baths and fittings of every description. Overlooked and undervalued, remnant work of the early Queensland tinsmiths, once so common, is now hard to find. By the late 1880’s even the evocative name of their trade began to fade as tin plate gave way to galvanised iron.
summary 14/03/10

Here is a link to our most recent sculpture powerpoint – if anything the new work will follow on from the small sculptural maquettes we last produced for the Ipswich Art Gallery in 2008.

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