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.

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!

 

 

 

Just returned to Tunbridge, Tasmania from Auckland where we visited Tim Gruchy and Rhana Devenport Saturday, Feb 20 2016 

Tim’s show at Trish Clark gallery entitled ‘Kade’s Cognition’ has a an object in collaboration with my (pinks) content entitled ‘Clem’s lever’.

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Interactive multi-media software and hardware unit – 1500x570x400mm – unique NZ$9,800.00

The collaboration uses my (found/recycled – pinks) image collection prepared as content for the delivery unit we designed together. Tim has programmed, fabricated with contacts and supplied all the hardware to effect this; our first prototype. N.B. UPDATE Tim has loaded a Vimeo movie of the content – go to Trish Clark web and scroll down to the lever.

Direct here. An updated version here 11/4/2016:

Tim’s show, his first with Trish Clark presents five distinct conceptual projects both inspired by and ruminating upon his extensive interest in the “nexus where science and art collide and overlap” – “how science fiction influences culture and its development and considerations of public and private memory”. All these themes have informed his work since we first met and started exchanging theory and practice towards the end of 1979 in Brisbane. His work practice has taken him to Sydney, then the eastern seaboard of Australia where he has produced installations and exhibitions for public and private patrons, festivals, opera and the party scene. He has collaborated with numerous musicians making live music and producing, programming and directing tripped environments for the past 35 years. His recent move to New Zealand has seen him start an art career proper and a teaching/mentoring link with important Chinese universities. He has also making public artwork commissions in New Zealand (SCOUT) and has participated in eleven international art festivals since 2004.

Just adding a shot at Britomart, taken when we visited the (Scout) object – shown with a young user and Tim on the side of the shot.

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English made (slave trade) dog necklace with original key and engraved name tag Saturday, Jan 30 2016 

Purchased at the recent MossGreen auction in Hobart, from the Stillwell collection. Our friend Warwick Oakman did the valuations for the collection and noted that these were extremely rare and made similar to the other collars made for the slave trade.

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My friend and antique mentor – Bruce McLeod passed away in Sydney last Thursday Monday, Dec 21 2015 

Survived by his Jamacian wife Odette and his children who are all very well set up because of his astute buying and selling over his sixty year career. He was from Adelaide and I first met him in Brisbane when only a youngster working for Harcourt Howard. He went on to live in Trinidad, England and then Sydney where he ran his business from the matt black painted Victorian three story shop on South Dowling Street that was chokers with everything Chinese, European and English, of very high standards. He summoned me to Sydney one day tempting me with something he said he’s never offered to anyone else – the MacKenzie bookplate collection. I even knew where it was hidden in his shop but had never asked him what was in the timber leather bound boxes that looked more like books. Many of our Sydney friends have become his clients after we have introduced him to them – Vale my friend “Brucie” . . .

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