Four days post the 2017 studio sale we are still selling as people call and email the studio Thursday, Dec 14 2017 

We have experienced our ‘best’ ever studio sale this year – in fact, this year I have only had 5 postal invites returned from our snail mail commissioner’s report. It does show how dedicated our customers are . . . it does also reflect on our seriously considered price points. It also shows that contemporary wearable design, generous amounts of high carat metal and our championing of real gems sets us apart from the easy-to-buy disposable high street market.

MERRY CHRISTMAS & A SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON . . .

Studio closes on the 20th December and we will reopen around the end of February 2018.

Advertisements

The 2017 commissioner’s report and studio sale invite went out snail-mail to our clients in the last three days Wednesday, Nov 29 2017 

We have prepared these personal reports since 1989 and each client is mentioned in the ‘commissioner’s list – the lot’ which is the second link down in the blog links. The downloadable .pdf is here

Please make a note of the dates SAT DEC 9 and SUN DEC 10 2017

New earring stock, three styles ready with much more to come for Studio Sale early December 2017 Friday, Nov 3 2017 

Jeweller to the Lost – Barbara Heath (new) Earrings ‘cloud’ style 9ct yellow Gold hooks

Jeweller to the Lost – Barbara Heath (new) Earrings textured ‘scroll’ style 9ct yellow Gold round brilliant cut Diamonds F-G Si hooks

Jeweller to the Lost – Barbara Heath (new) Earrings ‘impression’ style Athena pink/purple Sapphires hooks

We will be sending out the commissioner’s report with the studio invite on November 27 . . . make a note in your diary, December 9 & 10 are the studio sale dates!

 

 

Week’s end (financial year end) and the last four new makes are here to scan and price Friday, Jun 30 2017 

Solid textured oxidised silver bangles, with 9ct sections ready for next weekend’s ‘Winter Design Market’ at QAGOMA. To be sold wholesale at our stand, with a large selection of our stock removed from our Queensland Art Gallery showcase so be there early, lots of others will be there also! These are from our new style ‘impressions’ to be launched next Saturday 8th July 2017 . . . #jewellertothelost

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.

Next Page »