Someone out there will want this designer’s suite of hand-built studio furniture c1974 Friday, Jul 21 2017 

We hope they go to someone deserving and in need of them.

They were commissioned and made to my design for my studio in 1974 by Gary May, he later became Queensland Government Architect. They were for ‘Fairdinkum Graphics’ 1975–1978 and have been in storage since, holding my huge graphics library that couldn’t be accommodated at home.

Originally in yellow laminex with matching knobs, I overlaid white laminex in the early 1990s and replaced the knobs with white ones. I’ll try to find the yellow knobs in storage somewhere or replace the white ones for yellow again. I’ve spent two days taking off the white laminex and glue, it has come up a treat. Solid oregon pine throughout with bronze bevelled glass on all the outer shelves. Lovely wide flat plan draws at the base of the two units.

Each bookcase unit is in two pieces and I want $600.00 per unit = $1,200.00 and I want $300.00 for the matching table. Selling the lot at a dealer’s buy price – $1,500.00 – as soon as possible.
My mobile is 0431 464 470.

Bookcase base 1480mm W x 730mm D x 1020mm H – Bookcase top 1430mm W 1270mm H x 350mm D + Table 1770mm L x 860mm W x 750mm H. Please pass on to folk you might think deserving?

Exciting when the second generation come in to commission rings Thursday, Jul 20 2017 

The younger generation love finer things, Barbara steered this ring commission for Margaux into a delicate scale with a raw sculptured texture using noble 18ct palladium white gold, the client wanted it to be anything but bright and sparkly so the metal was heated to darken the surface. The large brown Diamond natural crystal from our gem collection was selected and set with twig like claws.

Wonderful commissioned © Bh Ring went to Melbourne tuesday evening and we awaited the call or email to say it was delivered safe . . . Thursday, Jul 13 2017 

Dear Barbara,

Just opened your parcel to find my GORGEOUS ring.

I love, love, LOVE it ! ! !

All I had hoped for and more . . .

Thank you so, so much.

best wishes,

Sarah

Week’s end (financial year end) and the last four new makes are here to scan and price Friday, Jun 30 2017 

Solid textured oxidised silver bangles, with 9ct sections ready for next weekend’s ‘Winter Design Market’ at QAGOMA. To be sold wholesale at our stand, with a large selection of our stock removed from our Queensland Art Gallery showcase so be there early, lots of others will be there also! These are from our new style ‘impressions’ to be launched next Saturday 8th July 2017 . . . #jewellertothelost

Since I posted this shot to my Instagram on June 21 its had 209 hits Wednesday, Jun 28 2017 

So pleased for K. T. Doyle

I’ve just finished a testimonial for her blog also . . . I secretly commissioned these work aprons after our nearly 30 year old EP ones just had to be replaced. We had to wait for a studio visitor to snap a pic. K. T. will be known to most of our clients who frequent our two studio sales per year as she is lovingly known as one of our Jeweller to the Lost (Bunnies).

Barbara writes about her 30 year studio relationship with Juan Luis Gonzalez, master jeweller. Tuesday, Jun 27 2017 

Neither of us remember the exact date but it was around this time 30 years ago that Juan Luis Gonzalez first came to my studio/shop in the Brisbane Arcade. Juan’s art teacher at Corinda High School, Julie Peachey made sure her students linked in to the local art scene and I was just one of many artists invited to run a workshop there, thats how I met Juan. Shortly afterwards he came to do work experience for a while… and as they say, the rest is history. With his natural talent, it wasn’t long before he became indispensable.
Even with natural talent, attaining the artisanal skills required for making fine jewellery, the manual finesse and the spatial imagination for the hand to reliably do what the eye wants take years of focus and repetition. Over the years together we have enjoyed mentoring many recent graduates as they seek to strengthen their skills, most stay for a year or two before leaving to pursue their next goals. Juan has stayed and that has enabled our working relationship to evolve into something more than remarkable – I am grateful – and so proud of the beautiful work we produce together.

 

The invite arrived end of March 2017, we started 26th of April and finished the 26th of June 2017 Tuesday, Jun 27 2017 

Re: x15 artists exhibition 2017 at the Redcliffe Art Gallery from 2nd September to the 28th October 2017. This invitation show is an annual acquisitive award developed to enhance the Moreton Bay Regional Art Collection and exhibition program. We can only show a detail of Barbara’s work created and submitted yesterday.

Artwork Statement: Uncommon Ground – Consider the ground beneath us as a living entity, a witness to the cycles of deep geologic time as much as a cache for private memory and layered cultural histories. How shall we read this entity, this living crust which is both perilously vulnerable and fiercely ineradicable? Barbara Heath June 2017.

Artist Statement: My work as an artist stems from a 40 year studio practice as a jeweller. The intimate and collaborative nature of making meaningful objects that articulate personal stories at a human scale has brought me close to people as they seek the right object to witness the depths of their emotions. In work that crosses from human to a larger scale, I find similar histories and symbolism as these narratives expand to scope ideas of place and of a collective history. Recurring themes drawn from our Queensland vernacular architectural detail explore light and shadow, transition and passage. While research into Queensland’s colonial artisans has pursued threads of continuity, belonging and inheritance. Recent works which reference women’s gardens, dreams and imaginary landscapes are revealing deeper reflections on place and continuity. Barbara Heath 2017.

Recent work concerned with our relationship to nature; (1) Land Race 2012 looked at the social histories held within heritage seed varieties now at risk of being displaced by International Seed Uniformity Standards. ‘Life in your hands’ Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW – National Tour to 2013. Collection: Horsham Regional Gallery, Victoria. (2) Maisie’s Garden 2013 (in collaboration with Marian Drew) explored ideas drawn from the territory of remembered and historical domestic Queensland gardens. ‘Silver’ exhibition, Museum of Brisbane. (3) New Nature 2016 – describes a dreamlike, remembered or future plant scape to propose a sensory openness to flora as integral to the formation of a sense of place. x3 suspended sculptures. I William Street, Brisbane. Cbus Property in association with Woods Bagot, BM Constructions & Armitstead Consulting, Bligh Tanner and G&B Stainless. Photo (3) supplied by Cbus Property, with thanks to the photographer – Florian Groehn.

New impression earring with oval cabochon garnets 9ct yellow gold and oxidised 925 silver Tuesday, Jun 20 2017 

One pair only (called ‘free field’) ready for the retailer’s stock cabinet, if not sold earlier at the upcoming QAGOMA winter design market, you all must know the date by now? Lets hope you have it in the diary, we are there from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

New style asymmetric earrings © Bh finished for QAGOMA winter design market Tuesday, Jun 20 2017 

These are from the new ‘impression series’ in 925 Silver with textured 9ct yellow gold and hooks, see them on Sat, July 8, 2017 or before if you are a regular studio visitor . . .

This third pair are oxidised 925 Silver and she the Pan Piper . . .

 

The last medallion earring pair finished today Thursday, Jun 15 2017 

Barbara’s style is called ‘stargazer’ 9ct rose gold medallion oxidised silver with florentine set champagne diamonds and hooks. To be wholesaled on the day at the QAGOMA winter design market.

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