Barbara sees this commission less as a piece of jewellery, more as a portrait of her collaborator Friday, Jun 14 2019 

Eloise collected this adjustable length ‘seven charms’ sautoir made with various unique elements which stand for lost or remembered jewels, new specifics and items from our collection. Made with 18ct gold in rose, white and yellow as well as silver, bronze, Iolite, onyx and pearls. It’s first outing was in Sydney on election night 2019 with many of our friends and clients. Earlier design documentation.

Commissions come from everywhere, anywhere – simple conversations that friends have, in earshot Wednesday, Mar 20 2019 

Barbara and Anna swim regularly at the local pool, have early coffee and do writing exercises together.

This recycled gold and gem rejig of Vicki’s wedding ring set came about over a chance, counter exchange.

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.

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” . . .

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