Barbara continues her research into jewellery, bronze and iron materials Thursday, Aug 24 2017 

Inside the ferro battuto studio of ‘Carlo’ at Civitanova Alta, a third generation regional metalsmith now retired and closing his forge. He has found no one local who is interested to learn the craft and can’t compete with the cheap Chinese products flooding Italy. We are hoping that local council can work to house his stock and trade tools. We were overjoyed when staff opened up the museum for us at Monteloupone, as it was holiday season. Invaluable to have access and time with these old makers.

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We are safely back to the studio after three weeks eating our way through Firenze and the Marche region of Italy with our Canadian friends Thursday, Aug 24 2017 

Eating starters – Caprese Salad at home with Janis, Simon & Frank at our ‘secret location’ . . .

Home invasion by journalist, stylist and photographer went splendidly last December Friday, Apr 21 2017 

Here is the Instagram snapshot at the end of launch day, 20/4/2017 and the link to the article.

The links to everyone concerned are in the article. With an enormous reach to 243,000 followers; ‘thedesignfiles’ have certainly created an easy vehicle into people’s homes and studios, creative enterprises and lifestyles of Australian families. The “likes” that this post has created both on Lucy’s feed and our own feeds has be quite overwhelming . . . thanks to all and please enjoy the article.

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.

Email requests are pouring in . . . advance dates for our ‘Jeweller to the Lost’ studio sale this year Saturday, Nov 7 2015 

School holidays and the usual exodus from Brisbane means that we miss some folk, we are going a week later this year. Please diarise these dates: SAT DEC 12 & SUN DEC 13 2015. The mailout is under construction, there are maybe 7 commissions still to be listed. I’ve finished the vision cull and this is the rear image for the snail mail piece reviewing the year.

*email me your home address if you have changed details in the last 12 months <male@co-opones.to>

Just purchased the family albums and scrap books from two early, sophisticated Brisbane families – all intact thanks to the dealer who found them Sunday, Aug 16 2015 

I’m always torn between leaving these family photographic records intact or breaking up the contents into the folders I have of local studio photographers. I’m fortunate to have boxes of just lovely blank albums also. The scrap albums are quite fantastic also, the earliest one is the largest format and each page must be 600gsm stock, stitch bound with the most bright Victorian lithography. As I work through this hoard I’ll scan and post highlights – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8  – thanks to Michael Allen for thinking of me.

04/08/2015 – unusual weather over the entire eastern states of Australia Sunday, Aug 16 2015 

Snow fell in Tasmania right down to ground level, it blanketed everywhere – another neighbour sent us a shot of our Tunbridge shop & residence:

there are boxes still, I admit . . . but I am outa there! Saturday, May 2 2015 

IMG_4933During the month of April 2015 I went from a filled storage space to a sparse cube!

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

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 . . .

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Eleven ‘pinks’ taken at Tunbridge shop and residence while here on new year break Thursday, Jan 22 2015 

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