Every magazine is out of our lock-up and is being sold Friday, Apr 24 2015 

My friend Eve Harmon who ran Condé Nast publications in Australia in 1983 wrote a letter to creatives and socialites informing us that Vanity Fair was being published again – starting with Volume 47 #1 in March of that year.

In the first edition ‘Fanfair’ lead article by Calvin Trillin he muses “My curiosity about the new Vanity Fair has been dominated by one question: Why wasn’t I asked to subscribe?.” “Plenty of people were. I happen to know one J.E.Curr Jnr., who describes himself as the publisher of Vanity Fair, sent letters to any number of people informing them by name (Dear Mr. Upscale) that his magazine wasn’t meant for everyone but for only a handful of bright, literate people.” . . . so the first issue appeared and then disappeared.

The first twelve years kept me enthralled and here they all are, being sold as one job lot to the first person who promises the dollars. SOLD to Phil Smith, Brisbane.

Our favourite ‘Francophile’ commissioned this for her Ruby and Barbara responded with a nod to her favourite French designer – Jean Fouquet Wednesday, Apr 22 2015 

Her own gold melted and reused, the band cast in studio and the two top components constructed and attached. The rub over setting for oval faceted Ruby was recessed and the flat topped band finished with polished and matt surfaces. On reading the brief notes, Barbara has written (assymmetry, off-beat, off-set gem, bar across and angled). No further design dialogue, our client said “just make it”. Having made so many things for her, we knew the size and her aesthetic.

Another new commissioned ring and one older one back for a re-jig – we love repeat clients Thursday, Apr 16 2015 

Commissioned ring for Kerry Blinco – © Bh 2015 10 x 12mm oval faceted Amethyst (supplied) in a tapered rub-over setting, held in an interlocked swirling, round wire construction. Three round brilliant cut Diamonds set to one side in chenier settings in 18ct palladium White Gold. Polished finish with rhodium plate. Three more shots here and here and here.

Re-fit loop wire design to upper layer of © Bh Sapphire and White Gold ring and then rhodium plate. More images here, here and here.

I wonder who will end up with these? Monday, Apr 13 2015 

Naomi Berry was a fabric collector who became a dealer to support her habit. Every Saturday I’d visit the small shop she had on Fernberg Road, Milton. It only opened on Saturdays . . . Naomi made weekly visits to two sisters who lived in Yerrongpilly, the Soden sisters. Every one of these came wrapped in pink string, from memory maybe 24 issues or 6 months worth at a time. The Soden sisters were very early investors in the stock exchange, their boxes of ephemera with receipts, recipes and helpful hints were fantastic and I still have some of those. I have one scrap book they made that is absolutely a naive surrealist ‘artist book’ – I have lent this to Noreen Grahame for a show ages ago. I also scanned from their scrap book, a starter page for my 1991 ‘electronic exquisite corpse’ paper promotion where I joined 7 *designers around the world who shared and enhanced files for the Gilbert Paper Co – under the creative direction of Thirst in Chicago. *Neville Brody,Erik Spiekermann, Malcolm Enright, Linda van Deursen & Armand Mevis, Paul Sych, Katherine McCoy & Ric Valicenti. (I should do a post about this fantastic experiment on ephemeral-male). These at going to the first fashionista who calls for $200.00 the lot!

This is a three page article from 1985, written by Roz MacAllan and published in Craft Arts. Tuesday, Apr 7 2015 

The .pdf is downloadable here. We recently found this article amongst the papers of John Watermann. “Barbara Heath’s solid technical training as a production jeweller, coupled with her fascination and absorption of “street fashion” and other influences, enables her to create jewellery which, paradoxically, is both a shock to the senses and elegantly wearable.” Text by Roz MacAllan, photography by Stuart Collins. Jump suit by Anna Bourke for ‘atomic workshop’ and graphic design by Empire Graphics.

Hobart’s Handmark Gallery – their new web presence is being updated each week – Barbara’s new image and bio is up today Thursday, Mar 26 2015 

We are represented in Hobart and Evandale by Alannah Dopson and her team. Retail jewellery and small sculpture stock at both locations and on-line with commissions managed by both outlet managers. We have shown there since 2009 and have built a steady following including many ‘Makers Mark’ clients from Melbourne who venture down now that the gallery has closed. Here is the direct link to Barbara Heath.

Barbara’s best foot forward last weekend at QAG|GOMA Christmas Market Monday, Dec 1 2014 

We take our own Georgian dropside table and a glass fronted display cabinet just to separate us from the other market sellers with their stall tables and black tablecloths. A day of standing as waves of visitors sweep past for a gander and sometimes a chat, often a try on and a nice lot of sales. We meet so many QAG customers – all regulars at our showcase there, gallery guides who are commission clients and many old faces appeared this year out of the blue.

A late afternoon shot just prior to bump out – Iza and Peter from QAG Gallery store with Dean and Gary, who can never drag himself away from the goodies . . . one sale down and next weekend is the studio sale running all day Sat and Sun for commission clients and their friends.

“Bespoke pieces of Jewellery are part of your history and will tell that story forever. I’m not sure that an expensive handbag will do the same” – Loquet, London from The Times 5/11/2014 Thursday, Nov 6 2014 

Umm . . . that’s our little trade secret also – a one to many relationship with clients,  it separates “Jeweller to the Lost” from the masses of Fashion High Street customers.

Early November every year I sift through the commissioner’s data to create our list, to thank those who dare to be different. The list this year is so delightfully long, I have even counted another x16 job bags pending, for people who are not rushed. Client’s who trust Barbara and Juan-Luis to get around to it when their turn comes.

 

“The It bag is dead – long live diamond bracelets, gold necklaces and gem encrusted rings and bracelets.” ” What is different today is how women are increasingly turning to jewellery to transform their wardrobes.” “Of course it helps that fine jewellery is back in Vogue.” “Jewellery designers continue to push the boundaries with precious stones. Bashing them, chipping away at the edges to create a stealth-wealth badge.” – There you have it, our customers who really get it spend hours here with our wholesale gem collection planning and pushing the ideas before pulling out their card to commit to another wearable investment.

The job bag simply says – “Ring for Holly” Tuesday, Oct 28 2014 

Josh is the fourth person in the Ryan clan to entrust us to design and produce a commission – with this, his very special engagement ring to his fiancé Holly. He used his friendship with one of our favourite Diamond merchants and supplied his own gem. He scoured the web and the CBD and came up with the classic Tiffany solitaire setting that rings all the bells but he was more captivated by Barbara’s heavier and more sculptured big-up version, handmade in Platinum. Here it is photographed on her hand moments after she said ‘yes’ and sent to us via a text from her beau. Another two studio shots here and here.

The job bag specs: © Bh Commission Josh Ryan – Engagement ring for Holly. Hand fabricated solitaire style ring has round brilliant cut diamond 1.01 ct as supplied set in curved four claw setting fitted to narrow half round band tapering towards gem. Size M. Platinum.

 

Edwardian era inter-changable jewellery into the studio for research and repair Thursday, Oct 9 2014 

Oval cabochon ring set (above) and oval cabochon Pendant set (below). Both sets are complete in their presentation boxes (but sadly sans retailer’s marks). The ring and pendant chain are now ready for wearing again. Thanks to Janette Wiley for bringing these into the studio.

 

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