We have gifted an exhibition piece – © Bh ‘double grid’ stainless steel and oxidised silver Brooch to this fund-raiser event Monday, Oct 7 2019 

Wonderful clients and friends – the Ryan (extended family’s) event. Coming up in 10 days time, make a note and book a table – extensive auction planned! Louise came and selected this brooch from our own private collection. Louise also had Barbara clean and prepare a retail replacement valuation for one of her rings she is giving away to the event – a worthy cause, we wish them well.

Not so much a commission but a swap with a friend Friday, Jun 14 2019 

One of our main ‘go-to’ shops in Richmond, Tasmania is Walker & Walker (colonial antiques & campaign furniture) (home wares) (hand crafts) (books) (garden furniture) (good vibes). Ben & malE were collaborating on a table top for our pair of stamped convict made iron trestles. While we were at his house in North Hobart, Ben showed us all the things he found under the floorboards when renovating the kitchen.

Porcelain shards, beads, coins, cutlery, thimbles etc . . . we ended up taking three pieces home with us and these two brooches and mounted beads were created for Ben’s wife Maddy and daughter Hollie.

The first thing we did on our last visit was to hand over to Ben who gifted them that night. He texted back the following day “hey, great to catch up Monday, girls are over the moon and had no idea – thanks again, cheers Ben”

Brooches © Bh textured 925 Silver, tab set porcelain shards with stainless steel double pins as brooch backs 18ct yellow gold detail White Jade bead and blue glass bead set with 18ct yellow Gold beaded post and link.

© Bh designs shared with clients recently Saturday, May 4 2019 

 

Also, no posts since April 16th – we have been planning Sydney material to showcase at ‘artisans in the garden’ Oct 2019 Sydney Botanic Gardens 

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The actual last commission for 2018 Thursday, Jan 3 2019 

. . . actually its for a friend who is doing a task for us in Tasmania so its a swap or a contra, I guess. It still makes the list and is still posted to show the world what we do. The porcelain shard was found under the floorboards at Elizabeth Street, Hobart while Ben Walker was renovating his family home. He wanted something wearable from Jeweller to the Lost for his wife and daughter. We cut the shard in two, the top one for Maddy as the grounded one and the boat for Hollie, the soon to be free one.

Textured tab set silver, stainless steel double pin, handmade by © Barbara Heath 2018

 

Two mid-year (jeweller to the lost) sale dates to mark in your diary Thursday, Jun 14 2018 

Every mid-year the GOMA Winter Design Market happens, this year its on Saturday July 28th 2018. The combined marketing by every stall holder brings a multitude of new customers to the market day.

This year we are breaking with tradition and opening our studio mid year for commission clients and their friends, so please take notice!

Friday evening the 29th June 2018 for the early birds with some bubbles to share AND Saturday the 30th June from 10:00am – 3:00pm for stock items at wholesale and below. As at Christmas each year we will be making new pieces at whim (at silly prices) . . . necklaces and earrings are planned.

This a chance for our dedicated clients to beat the rush at the end of July! Two sets of two trays are priced down and priced already . . . new ‘curved bar’ necklaces, new ‘bar and ring’ necklaces with added features and ‘five strand bead bracelets’ with added features are priced to go.

New interest in larger-than-life jewellery pieces by Barbara Heath from 1989 Thursday, May 25 2017 

Two jewellery collectors have recently requested info on these early brooches and then last week we received one sent from Melbourne, for repairs. We will have some of these for sale at our stand at the mid-year QAGOMA design market – Saturday July 8, 2017.

From the catalogue – Australian fashion: the contemporary art, an exhibition curated by Jane de Teliga for the Museum of Applied Art and Sciences, Sydney in association with the Australia Council. The show toured to the Twentieth Century Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

‘Barbara Heath’s oversized jewellery cannot go unnoticed and in the maker’s own words, it “demands that you be very involved with the piece to be able to put it on”.’ For this reason she uses large convex mirrors in her brooches to include the observer in the piece’s function. Age old symbols of life and death such as baby dolls and skulls decorate the mirror brooches in shiny silver and take her work into the realm of iconography. Barbara employs these clichéd symbols to balance the startling dialogue she sets up between wearer and observer. Barbara’s awareness of the individual and public perception of her work stems from her experience in more commercial accessories design including ranges for Johathan Sceats and Covers. Skull and babies mirror brooches of anodised aluminium and sterling silver (shown). Symbol brooch series: Eye, Dog, Dog2, Heart, and charm bracelets of anodised aluminium.

Sending this back to Melbourne tomorrow – all new and repaired © Bh 1989 eye/heart Brooch Tuesday, May 23 2017 

Anodised aluminium brass and silver Brooch from Barbara’s ‘Paddington’ daze. We both still have ours, Donald Holt’s one (above) has graced more dance floors than most people have had hot dinners . . . it came back to the studio to be disassembled, the brass eye buffed and varnished and a new handmade high, two pin silver back. Strong enough for winter coat wear.

 

Barbara’s earrings and brooch make another appearance, this time in the cover shot of the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce’s recent book of letters, entitled: “Dear Quentin”. Wednesday, May 10 2017 

Our signed copy is from the second numbered series of the Miegunyah Volumes, royalties to be donated to the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

So many people got in touch yesterday to tell us that Quentin was on the ABC television wearing her commissioned earrings and matching brooch by Barbara Heath Friday, Apr 21 2017 

One of Australia’s most high-profile women of integrity, a close friend of Marjory Millburn (Barbara’s first commission client). Her matching © Bh Pyramid Lattice earrings and brooch have graced many a public and private gathering – worn well with style and we are devoted fans.

So consumed with the end of year 2016 powerpoint and two upcoming sales I forgot to post Gail Tarditi’s brooch commission Tuesday, Nov 29 2016 

This piece is the #19 slide and represents a most lovely commission experience for client and maker. Three different stages in the design development to the end result . . .

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