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.

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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>

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 © Bh ‘in-line’ concept reworked as a new commissioned bracelet design Saturday, Oct 29 2016 

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Catherine’s lovely antique Coral beads reworked as this oxidised Silver and 18ct yellow Gold ‘in-line’ bracelet. Barbara’s signature bar & ring clasp with applied Gold and her wire wrapped smaller Coral bead enhancer.

The studio finishes the first of two © Bh ‘in-line’ commissioned necklaces today Friday, Sep 23 2016 

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Here is the design worked up with material scanned at same size – no names at this stage, oxidised Silver and 18ct yellow Gold with bayonet clasp. Recycling these rare and sentimental elements from more than one lifetime, is becoming a speciality of Barbara’s.

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This commission started with an intimate request and ended up with Barbara contemporising the older ring style and recycling the older mine cut diamonds Saturday, Aug 20 2016 

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Commissioned Ring Twin Gem Crossover, little finger ring set with x2 old mine cut Diamonds (Oma Poesiat) 9ct palladium white gold with Rose Gold details. I have shown the earlier ring that was so worn it was beyond saving . . .

Winter solstice shot of our Tasmanian house, 2015 Monday, Dec 28 2015 

We start our annual road trip to Tunbridge soon – a Melbourne  visitor to the studio tomorrow + pack and into the sack.

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” . . .

I’ve finished my artwork + I’ve done the publicity material for the artists as well Wednesday, May 13 2015 

 

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“Stories in Small Spaces” is about filling your own 100mm H x 100mm W x 100mm D cube with an artwork/artworks. Initiated by Studio West End and showing at Impress Gallery, Kedron opened by Liana Heath on Friday June 5 2015. Download the invite – here.  Thirty artists took up the challenge – Wim de Vos and Foremost Plastics assisted me with my piece. The smallest (eye) objects I have in my Urban_Archaeology collection just fell into my cube but needed an explanation and title. A larger .pdf of my piece is here. We hope to see you all at the opening so do save the date!

Melt this 24ct gold, 1 ounce coin and make me a solid gold ring like my oval turquoise cabochon one Thursday, Apr 23 2015 

. . . and I want a large oval polished onyx piece set into the top!

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