The Monday before next Saturday’s studio sale – the invites are now being opened, the calls from clients who live a far are my next focus Monday, Dec 5 2016 

Q) “Earrings” – what have you done special this year? A) eight pair of “gem jumbles” I’ll photograph and text you the details, have you changed your mobile?

Q) “What Lace rings are new? A) see below:

Lace ‘cupola’ dress ring 9ct palladium white gold round brilliant cut aquamarines 6=0.36ct G/SI Diamonds 6=0,22ct Size P

There are also commissions scheduled right until the studio closes for the year on Friday 16 Dec 2016

Here (above) is a lay down for a unique pair of lace earrings being made for a favourite Melbourne client.

Download the 2016 commissioner’s report for the year, here.

 

I’ve just posted our two ‘highlights’ – powerpoint reviews for years; 2015 and 2016 Friday, Nov 25 2016 

Just an easy download from the server:

Link – here

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1 William Street, three views from our files Saturday, Oct 29 2016 

We are now able to share with clients and friends, our sculpture in Cbus’ new building at 1 William Street Brisbane Friday, Oct 28 2016 

This public art project has been under wraps since 2014, we were one of fifty-four artists to tender an EOI (expression of interest) then one of eight shortlisted. Three made the final cut to have their concepts accepted and be allocated a location. Our work was to be located in the magnificent 10 metre high foyer.

We collaborated throughout with curator; Jacqueline Armitstead, architect; Mark Damant, engineers; Rod Bligh and Simon Lewis, fabricators; Dee Wallace and John Edwards at G&B Stainless. Installation day in September 2016 went perfectly and our group of three works entitled: ‘New Nature’ has already drawn considerable attention and positive reaction from our client and building visitors.

The scale model for #3 is shown on the polished stainless steel light well, beside the spiral strip prior to being tacked to the vector cut spine. All three sculpture elements are laid out for production sheets here, here and here. Each unit in elevation is here, here, and here.

Two of Barbara’s elements on model #2 showing the different materials and treatments she has designed and specified to emulate nature, below and above ground.

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This secure and technologically smart building will house the office of the Queensland Premier, the Queensland Cabinet and parliamentary bureaucrats. The ground floor and foyer are all considered public spaces so do drop in and coffee-up under this last shot above, of model #3.

Our two and a half year sculpture project reaches install date Thursday, Sep 8 2016 

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With two senior executives both called John, the lady on the PA system renamed them OJ (old John) and YJ (young John) – above shot of mal E and OJ at the fabricators – more to come . . .

If you have a small damaged animal object, sculpture or image you might like to send a pic or scan to Barbara as we are starting to collate the works required for this show: Monday, May 23 2016 

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The little pig was a gift from Sharon Christison at Lancasters in Toowoomba who has hundreds of things come through her hands every week. Shazza never fails to think of us and all our small collections – if she does’t offer we might never know of its existence being a hundred kms away.

Jeweller to the Lost P O Box 452 Grange QLD 4051 Australia

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The Neville Bonner building is being demolished to make way for the new Queen’s Wharf precinct Wednesday, May 4 2016 

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After only 16 years of life, multiple architectural awards, our site-specific sculpture entitled ‘net’ and many other public artworks in situ are now in limbo. Although owned by the Queensland Government we do have artist’s moral rights to the work. We do have a say as to its future use and placement when that time comes. Our original curator, Jacqueline Armitstead is working on every artist’s behalf at this time to see a legitimate outcome for all the artworks.

The building’s demise as reported:

Name tower of power after Neville Bonner:

The LNP Opposition has a Labor ally in Curtis Pitt. But only when it comes to continuing to honour the nation’s first indigenous person to become a member of the federal parliament. Neville Bonner, an elder of the Jagera people, became the first indigenous Senator in 1971 when he was chosen to fill a casual Liberal vacancy, and the first indigenous Senator to be elected in their own right by popular vote in 1972 up until 1980, finishing up in the Senate in 1983 as an independent.  In 1999 the award-winning Neville Bonner building was officially opened. It houses the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Come 2017 it is slated for demolition as part of the Queens Wharf precinct along with the Executive Building and the next door Public Works building. The federal electorate of Bonner was named for the state’s groundbreaking politician in 2004, but Opposition state development spokesman Tim Nicholls said Mr Bonner deserved further recognition.

“When we see the demolition of the old Neville Bonner building, that 1 William Street, which of course is the catalyst for this development, being renamed perhaps the Neville Bonner building in honour of a great Liberal Senator, the first indigenous Liberal Senator coming from Queensland,” he said. And Treasurer Curtis Pitt, who holds the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships portfolio, agreed. “I think people across all sides of politics have the greatest respect for Neville Bonner and in fact, I myself got to serve as the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander partnerships in the Neville Bonner building and have my office there – it certainly wasn’t lost on me the significance of that,” he said. “Given that the Neville Bonner building will be demolished as part of the overall re-development in terms of Queen’s Wharf, clearly there is going to need to be some recognition, on-going, of Mr Bonner’s great contribution to public life in Queensland. “Of course, it is not a decision that I can make, but I, of course, like many people, want to see that legacy that he has left in Queensland is recognised in some way going forward. “Mr Bonner’s great-niece, Queensland Senator Joanna Lindgren, said her late uncle would have approved of the progress represented by the Queens Wharf development. “The building named after him, that currently stands in the Queens Wharf precinct is from another generation and Uncle Neville would be the first to say that progress is needed,” Senator Lindgren said. “I would be very honoured if the new executive building is named in his memory, and I am also very pleased that with the removal of the old building, a great initiative of redevelopment and job creation implemented by the former LNP government can commence. “1 William Street, nicknamed the “tower of power”, is still without an official name.  The government and larger public service departments are due to move in next year, with the building scheduled for completion at the end of 2016. BRISBANE TIMES JULY 2015

The future as envisioned in (1), (2), (3) and (4) renderings. The architectural fraternity is quite polarised by this proposal, it will see one of our earliest colonial buildings entirely covered by street  scape.

Back to the studio Tuesday after a 58 day break Sunday, Mar 6 2016 

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. . . back to extravagance, client whims, Barbara’s 2016–2020 range plan, the rest of our life making magic & theatre & material culture!

 

 

 

The studio just finished another ‘gem flower pot’ sculpture and its off to a happy collector in Sydney, today. Friday, Dec 4 2015 

 

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Hand forged 925 silver, © silver melts and her gems chosen from our wholesale studio collection. Other versions are for sale – the top one is in the Brisbane studio and the second one is at our Tasmanian dealer – Handmark Gallery.

Email requests are pouring in . . . advance dates for our ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ studio sale this year Saturday, Nov 7 2015 

School holidays and the usual exodus from Brisbane means that we miss some folk, we are going a week later this year. Please diarise these dates: SAT DEC 12 & SUN DEC 13 2015. The mailout is under construction, there are maybe 7 commissions still to be listed. I’ve finished the vision cull and this is the rear image for the snail mail piece reviewing the year.

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