Barbara continues her research into jewellery, bronze and iron materials Thursday, Aug 24 2017 

Inside the ferro battuto studio of ‘Carlo’ at Civitanova Alta, a third generation regional metalsmith now retired and closing his forge. He has found no one local who is interested to learn the craft and can’t compete with the cheap Chinese products flooding Italy. We are hoping that local council can work to house his stock and trade tools. We were overjoyed when staff opened up the museum for us at Monteloupone, as it was holiday season. Invaluable to have access and time with these old makers.

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We are safely back to the studio after three weeks eating our way through Firenze and the Marche region of Italy with our Canadian friends Thursday, Aug 24 2017 

Eating starters – Caprese Salad at home with Janis, Simon & Frank at our ‘secret location’ . . .

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?

Home invasion by journalist, stylist and photographer went splendidly last December Friday, Apr 21 2017 

Here is the Instagram snapshot at the end of launch day, 20/4/2017 and the link to the article.

The links to everyone concerned are in the article. With an enormous reach to 243,000 followers; ‘thedesignfiles’ have certainly created an easy vehicle into people’s homes and studios, creative enterprises and lifestyles of Australian families. The “likes” that this post has created both on Lucy’s feed and our own feeds has be quite overwhelming . . . thanks to all and please enjoy the article.

Week two back at the studio, I have multiple small tasks getting found items into the stock mix as Barbara and Juan-Luis are straight into the Barker family’s multiple briefs. Tuesday, Mar 14 2017 

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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 <barby@co-opones.to>

Back in the studio for the first day in 2017 – but where do I start? Monday, Mar 6 2017 

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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 . . .

Here is the powerpoint I prepared for the curator; Elizabeth Bates in 2005 after she invited me to fill the ‘study drawers’ at the Museum of Brisbane Tuesday, Dec 6 2016 

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.

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.

 

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

<male@co-opones.to> 0431 464 470 <barby@co-opones.to> 0413 085 172

 

 

 

Ray Hughes (now and backintheday) Tuesday, Mar 15 2016 

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Recent shot with his son and grandson + Billy Butterworth’s shot of Ray when we were in NYC 1976, my second visit.

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