The Barker family women all colluded with Barbara to divide up family pieces, recycle elements and work together to ramp-up the wearability of the things that survived the review. Here is Ruth’s new pendant as constructed in four parts:
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Beach finds, gifts from friends and finds from stalls and shops throughout Tasmania going into our resource to be sold and re-cycled. Commission clients bring their ideas, precursors and work through the brief process with Barbara Heath. We have a collection of gems & small antiques that usually fit their concepts – we also source and supply at wholesale elements to compliment client’s concepts. Studio appointments, call +61 7 3856 2269 (Brisbane, Australia). Internet requests are quite the norm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
“Baby in the Bath” is a birth marker that Barbara and I collaborated on in the mid 1980s. There were numerous commissions, all from friends and clients – this one was made for the Landon family for the birth of their son Theo in 1988. Steve Landon was a superb typographer who ran the tight Brisbane outlet of a Sydney firm called Typefounders. While on our Christmas break I had a FB message from Theo to say Steve had sadly passed away and this little marker had surfaced. I asked that he send it to the studio and we would clean and document it again. Remo Guiffré from the famous Remo store in Sydney commissioned another slightly different version for his store, this spread “Baby in the Bath”further into the world . . . and we still make these to order today.
The bronze cast baby arrives into the world with a pink or blue anodised aluminium splash, the -place -time -date -weight and -baby’s name is hand punched into the patinated bronze base. © Jeweller to the Lost/Australia.
Our 30th anniversary was celebrated on December 16th 2016 at an evening bash for another occasion – Tim & Rhana’s Xmas doo at the “Bears”. Thanks Tim Gruchy for the impromptu pic . . .
The house sitters arrive this evening and we depart early tomorrow. Everything is cleaned, steel tools oiled, all the plant is powered down, sealed and locked tight. We take this opportunity to thank suppliers, clients and workers who have collaborated with us in 2016 – by far our most successful year in the history of Jeweller to the Lost.
My ephemera collection (and associated memory) was given a super public display of affection at the time . . . and then yesterday Jo Hoban from thedesignfiles visited the studio fleshing out her cover story on 1) our home, 2) our studio and 3) our working collaborations – soon to be featured. Jo wondered, like I have often mused – why more opportunities are not forthcoming to show off lost pieces of personal history. At least one more visitor has mined my archive. The powerpoint is downloadable – here.