The invite arrived end of March 2017, we started 26th of April and finished the 26th of June 2017 Tuesday, Jun 27 2017 

Re: x15 artists exhibition 2017 at the Redcliffe Art Gallery from 2nd September to the 28th October 2017. This invitation show is an annual acquisitive award developed to enhance the Moreton Bay Regional Art Collection and exhibition program. We can only show a detail of Barbara’s work created and submitted yesterday.

Artwork Statement: Uncommon Ground – Consider the ground beneath us as a living entity, a witness to the cycles of deep geologic time as much as a cache for private memory and layered cultural histories. How shall we read this entity, this living crust which is both perilously vulnerable and fiercely ineradicable? Barbara Heath June 2017.

Artist Statement: My work as an artist stems from a 40 year studio practice as a jeweller. The intimate and collaborative nature of making meaningful objects that articulate personal stories at a human scale has brought me close to people as they seek the right object to witness the depths of their emotions. In work that crosses from human to a larger scale, I find similar histories and symbolism as these narratives expand to scope ideas of place and of a collective history. Recurring themes drawn from our Queensland vernacular architectural detail explore light and shadow, transition and passage. While research into Queensland’s colonial artisans has pursued threads of continuity, belonging and inheritance. Recent works which reference women’s gardens, dreams and imaginary landscapes are revealing deeper reflections on place and continuity. Barbara Heath 2017.

Recent work concerned with our relationship to nature; (1) Land Race 2012 looked at the social histories held within heritage seed varieties now at risk of being displaced by International Seed Uniformity Standards. ‘Life in your hands’ Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW – National Tour to 2013. Collection: Horsham Regional Gallery, Victoria. (2) Maisie’s Garden 2013 (in collaboration with Marian Drew) explored ideas drawn from the territory of remembered and historical domestic Queensland gardens. ‘Silver’ exhibition, Museum of Brisbane. (3) New Nature 2016 – describes a dreamlike, remembered or future plant scape to propose a sensory openness to flora as integral to the formation of a sense of place. x3 suspended sculptures. I William Street, Brisbane. Cbus Property in association with Woods Bagot, BM Constructions & Armitstead Consulting, Bligh Tanner and G&B Stainless. Photo (3) supplied by Cbus Property, with thanks to the photographer – Florian Groehn.

New impression earring with oval cabochon garnets 9ct yellow gold and oxidised 925 silver Tuesday, Jun 20 2017 

One pair only (called ‘free field’) ready for the retailer’s stock cabinet, if not sold earlier at the upcoming QAGOMA winter design market, you all must know the date by now? Lets hope you have it in the diary, we are there from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

New style asymmetric earrings © Bh finished for QAGOMA winter design market Tuesday, Jun 20 2017 

These are from the new ‘impression series’ in 925 Silver with textured 9ct yellow gold and hooks, see them on Sat, July 8, 2017 or before if you are a regular studio visitor . . .

This third pair are oxidised 925 Silver and she the Pan Piper . . .

 

Here is another view of Barbara’s inlayed gem bracelets Tuesday, Jun 13 2017 

Four 925 silver with two oxidised and shakudo and 18ct yellow Gold inlay with © Bh button clasp. Various gems with 18ct yellow Gold rub over settings – for retailers if not sold prior at QAGOMA winter sale, Saturday July 8, 2017

More work just made to be sold wholesale at QAGOMA winter market, Saturday July 8 2017 Tuesday, Jun 13 2017 

I know three clients who have these and want more – so it remains to be seen if these actually make it to winter market . . .

Bangle © Bh Gems with 18ct yellow Gold rub over settings, inlayed metal, half round, button clasp, oxidised 925 Silver, Shakudo – 1) hydro thermal Emerald black Diamond – 2) BET oval Ruby black Diamond – 3) black Diamond pink Sapphire Ruby – 4) yellow Sapphire black Diamond

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.

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.

I’ve just posted our two ‘highlights’ – powerpoint reviews for years; 2015 and 2016 Friday, Nov 25 2016 

Just an easy download from the server:

Link – here

Link – here

 

 

Five of Barbara’s ‘daisy’ flower components for Roy Schack’s Black Cube Wednesday, Nov 2 2016 

Roy’s exhibit is going to Denmark soon to be shown at the 25th (Silver) Anniversary of the Danish Cabinet Makers Association showcase.

The detail on the job bag: Commission © Bh Eight flower components for ‘Black Cube’. Bh Daisy design – Six larger (22mm) and two smaller flower each fitted to stainless steel round wire stem with small link attachment to allow slight movement. 925 Silver with matt and burnished finish, smaller flowers have teal blue/red finish.

Roy also had a stick pin made with the teal blue flower for himself.

There are two opportunities a year to buy Barbara Heath jewellery at below wholesale, the QAGOMA store ‘Winter Design Market’ is the next date to seriously diarise Sunday, Jul 17 2016 

We will be at our usual place at the Gallery of Modern Art – Saturday 30th July 2016 9:00am–4:00pm We both look forward to seeing you all and meeting new clients and sharing the bespoke joy!

New © ‘curved bar’ earrings Onyx disc checkerboard cushion cut Citrines 2=6.96ct 9ct yellow gold basket settings posts and butterflys 9ct white gold + New © ‘gem cluster ring – dandy’ faceted cushion cut Spinel 1=7.39ct chunky pavé set round brilliant cut Diamonds F-G SI 16=0.81ct 18ct yellow gold

Earrings, Rings, Bracelets, Necklaces, Sautoirs and Pendants from our range returned from retailers and marked down for one day . . .

Earring © Bh ‘twin gem’ one-offs – best green Tourmaline faceted ovals 2=5.52ct polished Onyx princess cuts x2 18ct Yellow Gold ‘holbein knot’ rub over settings oxidised Silver posts and butterflys

Earrings © Bh ‘tapered block’ round brilliant cut Ceylon sapphire 2=0.35ct rub over setting Tahitian Pearl silver colour B+ 11-12mm 18ct palladium White Gold hooks

Earrings © Bh ‘small lace dish’  radiant cut Ceylon Sapphires 2=0.50ct Diamonds F-G Vs 4=0.12ct 9ct White Gold hooks

Ring © Bh ‘romany” ring four leaf detail and round brillant cut Diamond F/G SI  2=0.07ct Aquamarine oval cabochon 1=9.05ct 9ct palladium White Gold size 01/2

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