Our favourite ‘Francophile’ commissioned this for her Ruby and Barbara responded with a nod to her favourite French designer – Jean Fouquet Wednesday, Apr 22 2015 

Her own gold melted and reused, the band cast in studio and the two top components constructed and attached. The rub over setting for oval faceted Ruby was recessed and the flat topped band finished with polished and matt surfaces. On reading the brief notes, Barbara has written (assymmetry, off-beat, off-set gem, bar across and angled). No further design dialogue, our client said “just make it”. Having made so many things for her, we knew the size and her aesthetic.

An email was received on the 3rd of April 2015 – we sent the pendant to Sydney last night, 22nd April 2015 Wednesday, Apr 22 2015 

No task to large or small . . .

“I am looking for a moon and stars pendant in silver to remember my Mum . . . and I am having no luck! A friend of ours has one of your lovely bracelets and last weekend I was in the Art Gallery shop in Brisbane and I saw some of your jewellery and I wondered if you have something like this available? I’m afraid I couldn’t afford to commission – anything large so sorry if I am wasting your time.” “I would like something similar to the photo enclosed – in theme but doesn’t have to be in style – in silver. I understand if this is not something you would like to – or do – take on. Thank you for your time and have a nice Easter.”

We were happy to comply with instructions, exchanged more emails and quote. The end result was created at studio wholesale – Cresent moon pendant as image supplied – diamond eye in Argentium 935 Silver with polished finish to fit the chain (supplied).

Trisha’s new © Bh ‘Bib Necklace’ was delivered last Friday afternoon – celebrated with a glass of Pinot Grigio as Barb told me when she arrived home Tuesday, Apr 21 2015 

Did you miss the previous post on this design, full details – click here

This is all hand fabricated from the new 935 Argentium Silver that resists tarnishing, three shaped segments with sections highly polished and oxidised. Gems set in raised constructed settings with over-the-lobe © Bh Earrings that have clip on fittings. They texted a photo as Trisha tried it on, wonderful client and another first for the studio team . . .

Another new commissioned ring and one older one back for a re-jig – we love repeat clients Thursday, Apr 16 2015 

Commissioned ring for Kerry Blinco – © Bh 2015 10 x 12mm oval faceted Amethyst (supplied) in a tapered rub-over setting, held in an interlocked swirling, round wire construction. Three round brilliant cut Diamonds set to one side in chenier settings in 18ct palladium White Gold. Polished finish with rhodium plate. Three more shots here and here and here.

Re-fit loop wire design to upper layer of © Bh Sapphire and White Gold ring and then rhodium plate. More images here, here and here.

I wonder who will end up with these? Monday, Apr 13 2015 

Naomi Berry was a fabric collector who became a dealer to support her habit. Every Saturday I’d visit the small shop she had on Fernberg Road, Milton. It only opened on Saturdays . . . Naomi made weekly visits to two sisters who lived in Yerrongpilly, the Soden sisters. Every one of these came wrapped in pink string, from memory maybe 24 issues or 6 months worth at a time. The Soden sisters were very early investors in the stock exchange, their boxes of ephemera with receipts, recipes and helpful hints were fantastic and I still have some of those. I have one scrap book they made that is absolutely a naive surrealist ‘artist book’ – I have lent this to Noreen Grahame for a show ages ago. I also scanned from their scrap book, a starter page for my 1991 ‘electronic exquisite corpse’ paper promotion where I joined 7 *designers around the world who shared and enhanced files for the Gilbert Paper Co – under the creative direction of Thirst in Chicago. *Neville Brody,Erik Spiekermann, Malcolm Enright, Linda van Deursen & Armand Mevis, Paul Sych, Katherine McCoy & Ric Valicenti. (I should do a post about this fantastic experiment on ephemeral-male). These at going to the first fashionista who calls for $200.00 the lot!

Two days of posting and selling magazines via Facebook is zooming Friday, Apr 10 2015 

I’ve got news for you, between the two world wars in the northern hemisphere boys and girls weren’t afraid of a little sun on their willies . . . so who wants these issues? Call me on 0431 464 470.

Italian interior and product design from the 1980s and 90s gone to an interior design firm’s library Wednesday, Apr 8 2015 

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Dynamic design duo – Ian and Steven from Wrightson Stewart Interiors snapped these up for their historical reference. Just wiping and collating these brought back a flood of emotions – all good. Remembering that each issue arriving every month gave me new European insights and ‘stuff’ pleasure, now someone new can do that all over again . . . and the weight sitting on my library floor is down maybe 80 kilos!

This is a three page article from 1985, written by Roz MacAllan and published in Craft Arts. Tuesday, Apr 7 2015 

The .pdf is downloadable here. We recently found this article amongst the papers of John Watermann. “Barbara Heath’s solid technical training as a production jeweller, coupled with her fascination and absorption of “street fashion” and other influences, enables her to create jewellery which, paradoxically, is both a shock to the senses and elegantly wearable.” Text by Roz MacAllan, photography by Stuart Collins. Jump suit by Anna Bourke for ‘atomic workshop’ and graphic design by Empire Graphics.

Our first three pieces for Barbara’s next Tasmanian show are finished and we supplied the gallery with the advanced material today Thursday, Apr 2 2015 

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We are indebted to Warwick Oakman who gave Barbara the book on Tasmanian butterflies for Christmas last year. Our friends at Woodbury, the Coopers who are shard mad and have so much found pottery it puts us to shame. Alan was also a butterfly collector as a boy under the Bow Bells in London. Andy O’Brien has also assisted us in our hoovering shards from his neck of the woods. Please put the date into the diary . . .

 

Commissioned in 1996, worn until lost and remade in 2006, misplaced and remade in 2015 Thursday, Apr 2 2015 

Other clients have seen the master pattern and we have made different versions . . . this 925 sterling silver oval slotted band has a (heated to blue) titanium strip. We keep every commission sheet with the recipe and make details so clients are always covered, we supply replacement insurance valuations also.

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