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 . . .

Just purchased the family albums and scrap books from two early, sophisticated Brisbane families – all intact thanks to the dealer who found them Sunday, Aug 16 2015 

I’m always torn between leaving these family photographic records intact or breaking up the contents into the folders I have of local studio photographers. I’m fortunate to have boxes of just lovely blank albums also. The scrap albums are quite fantastic also, the earliest one is the largest format and each page must be 600gsm stock, stitch bound with the most bright Victorian lithography. As I work through this hoard I’ll scan and post highlights – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8  – thanks to Michael Allen for thinking of me.

This Saturday August 1 is the mid-year GOMA ‘winter design market’ – we will be there 9:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday, Jul 28 2015 

We will be there with our usual generous metal jewellery, our yummy gem stock at (below wholesale) for one day only + new works (at wholesale) recently returned from Barbara’s Tasmanian show – “Midland’s Lepidoptera”. Do please spread the word and we hope to see you!

The three ‘hero’ brooches using porcelain shards © Bh 2015 Thursday, Jul 16 2015 

 

Barbara’s next Tasmanian show will open June 26, 2015 at Handmark Gallery in Hobart Monday, May 25 2015 

Just an advanced notice and the last June date we want you to drop into your diary. The studio is on track to finish all the makes by this Friday, then I have some time to complete all the imaging, pricing and documentation. The entire series of rings, pendants, necklaces and brooches are all featuring ‘porcelain shards’ found on and around our property in Tunbridge, Tasmania. This should not come as a surprise as Barbara has used found elements as the set “gems” in works since the mid – nineteen eighties. Buttons, beads, glass, wood, steel, other jewellery have all been recycled and incorporated but this show is purely Tasmanian based with antique relics which the earth has given up to us.

Elements from our range of high carat and unique gem stone jewellery from numerous © Bh ‘styles’ are also showing in our cabinets at Hobart and Evandale and via the Handmark web.

State Library of Queensland has a small selection of brooches from ‘Tinker Tailor’ on show now Saturday, Dec 13 2014 

Proceed to the second floor and in a lovely long showcase you will find the stories of the women selected, their field of endeavour and the contemporary jeweller’s brooch that was produced in response to their story.

Artisan was responsible for initiating this knockout show and they then travelled this exhibition to eleven regional venues throughout Australia 2012–2013. Curated by Kirsten Fitzpatrick, tour managed by Simone Jones, essays by Dorothy Erickson, Kirsten and Evie Franzidis with photography by Rod Buchholz & Andrea Higgins. The catalogue (published twice) was designed by Melanie Schafer. ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor – 100 women, 100 brooches, 100 stories” – remains an inspired local arts initiative, one that 100 individual jewellers are all proud to be part of as I know Barbara was.

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