Italian interior and product design from the 1980s and 90s gone to an interior design firm’s library Wednesday, Apr 8 2015 


Dynamic design duo – Ian and Steven from Wrightson Stewart Interiors snapped these up for their historical reference. Just wiping and collating these brought back a flood of emotions – all good. Remembering that each issue arriving every month gave me new European insights and ‘stuff’ pleasure, now someone new can do that all over again . . . and the weight sitting on my library floor is down maybe 80 kilos!

We hope to see you this coming Saturday on the lawn in front of the GOMA bookshop and entrance – the first of our two sales for the end of the year Tuesday, Nov 25 2014 

Stocks from our QAG showcase inside marked down and sold outside for one day only . . . then onto our own studio sale for commission clients and their friends the following weekend, December 6 and 7 2014. We hope to see you at one of the events, this season!

We can finally talk about and show you our ‘benefactor’s medal’ and presentation box commissioned by the QAG|GOMA Foundation Sunday, Oct 19 2014 

From a brief in March 2014 to the design, development, production and delivery of the first five units last Thursday for Friday’s Foundation event – a wonderful journey and delightful partnering with the Queensland Art Gallery. The presentation package was designed and realised in vector art by the studio and was then effectively produced in Queensland red cedar and perspex, inhouse at the Gallery while we worked with our fabricators (Gold Coast & Sydney & Brisbane) and finished the medals and ribbons in the studio. There were many photographs taken at hand over and an article will appear in the Foundation’s magazine in the near future, here is my shot of Barbara taken on the iPhone in the water pavilion.

. . . with thanks to D.C. for his ink art that I have changed, this was posted on Tumblr with no credit and downloaded (I’m guessing it is from the master). Wednesday, Dec 25 2013 

Another valuable edition to swell our library resource (and add more weight to the floor joists) Wednesday, Sep 11 2013 

Big surprise in the mail yesterday, the latest ‘Lark’ jewellery tome edited by Damian Skinner. Three separate sections breakdown this world-view focus on contemporary jewellery, dated 2013. Two authors we know have well articulated essays, Kevin Murray weighs in on the (7) spaces that hold jewellery’s attention and he also writes on ‘the political challenge’ to contemporary jewellery, today. Julie Ewington offers us the ‘Now and Then’ – a thinking essay on ‘the contemporary in art and jewellery. Barbara’s work is covered in the ‘Australasia’ section, again authored by Damian Skinner. Get down to Folio (Angelos) and the QAGoma bookstore (Peter) and ask them to secure your own copy . . . today.

Studio sale this coming Sat 8th and Sunday 9th December 2012 Monday, Dec 3 2012 

Wonderful feedback received so far, the printed invite we mailed to commission clients last week has resulted in post comments, emails and phone calls to the studio … lots of anticipation. Plus we managed to connect two old and dear friends in different continents. Jenny read through the list and emailed us to see if “young Alex” was in fact the daughter of Wendy, a client who resides in Hong Kong. So the client list is also a “friend finder” – I always knew that!  The .pdf is downloadable here.

The French cabinet was originally all-over gilt but as its c1870 – it has been painted on the exterior maybe 7 times over its lifetime.
Originally purchased in London by the Brisbane antique dealer – Michael Allen for his own house . . . it proved to be too large and then was a wee bit too small for his shop. So we managed to procure it for the Jeweller to the Lost studio. We are being forced to have more articles to show the clients who visit to arrange commissions these days although we refuse to retail from the studio. It will double as a larger studio sale showcase and joins the other three period French wall vitrines that came from South America and were sourced from Salvage, ages ago. Here is a wider pic.

The ‘tinsmith – an ordinary romance’ touring show opened last Friday night at the Pine Rivers Heritage Museum to a great crowd Monday, Feb 13 2012 

Dr Gael Phillips (pathologist, historian, artist, collector), mal E and Barbara Heath (curators it says in the catalogue) in front of one of the display devices designed by the Artisan team.

Tony Clarke who teaches manual arts and runs the CAD team at St Joseph’s Nudgee College, shown here with Barbara after he told us what every group of the Gillespie templates would make just from viewing their flat form. The lively crowd enjoyed the well-informed opening remarks by the local Councillor Bob Millar, the Council’s network coordinator, Joan Kelly and Barbara’s short talk. The touring catalogue is a hard bound 34 page offset coloured piece of romance and was provided by a grant from the Gordon Darling Foundation and the entire touring exhibition was funded through Arts Queensland (State Government) and the Australia Council, the Commonwealth Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Touring dates have been supplied in a previous post – click here.

Exhibition Assistants: Zoe Wolfe & Miriam Carter. Publication & Tour Manager: Simone Jones. Catalogue Design: VoltDesign. Contributing Writers: Barbara Heath & Miriam Carter. Photography: Rod Bucholtz. Copy Editor: Evie Franzidis. Foreword: Liana Heath, CEO of Artisan. Exhibition Curators: Barbara Heath & Malcolm Enright. All the owners and lenders are acknowledged. ISBN:978-0-9871226-1-2

The first ‘touring’ Tinsmith show’s invite for everyone – take notice of the dates and address Tuesday, Jan 24 2012 

Some readers will join the dots, my NAWCC Clock Chapter 104 held a watch and clock display at Pine Rivers a while back and we are now venturing out there again for the touring Tinsmith show in Feb 2012. Barbara’s artist talk is on the 10th at 6:00pm for 6:30pm. The hard cover catalogue is being printed in Hong Kong at the moment, will be interesting to see it as we have not been shown any proofs – the show is really out of our hands now. We have great faith in the touring body and Artisan and warmly invite all of you to venture a little north for the show. The Pine Rivers Heritage Museum is a great venue and holds the Roy Copper Clock Collection as well as a terrific static folk art and object show from the local catchment.

Tinsmith: An ordinary romance is about to tour regional Queensland in 2012 and 2013 Wednesday, Jan 4 2012 

The ‘touring agency’ is Craft Queensland trading as Artisan with Barbara Heath as ‘the solo artist’ and Barbara Heath and Malcolm Enright as ‘Curators’. Having dealt with the objects and research material previously, Kirsten Fitzpatrick & Simone Jones have taken the content and flown with it extremely well. The list of ‘tin’ lenders are the Gillespie family, the Hesse & Allom families with Juan-Luis Gonzalez’s pieces and those from my own Urban Archaeology collection. The most exciting benefit will be a proper touring catalogue. The detail below confirms the catalogue content, only the designer has changed due to the tight deadlines over the holiday period.

2012 and 2013 touring catalogue – Tinsmith: An ordinary Romance. Specs: · Hard cover book with dust jacket, possibly with embossing on the cover (of silhouettes from Barbara’s work potentially, designer is still exploring options) · End papers · 40 page full colour · Spot varnishing on selected pages – possibly of tin pattern silhouettes Contents: · Foreword by artisan CEO, Liana Heath · Barbara’s essay on Tinsmithing · Essay on Barbara’s works by Miriam Carter · Barbara’s CV – we are using the full one from the website, please let me know if there is anything new to be added? · Images from original publication and new photographs of Barbara’s works. We are printing in Hong Kong in order to be able to deliver a gorgeous, high level publication. Works will be photographed this week and text will be finalized by next Wednesday to allow design over Christmas. Final files will go to Hong Kong 12 January. Melanie Schafer is designing the publication and she is going to start sending through initial design concepts soon, which we’ll forward on for your thoughts. The retail price will be $9.95 during the exhibition as this is part of the funding agreement with the Gordon Darling Foundation.

So we have a slightly reduced list of research works because of venue size, insurance & logistics, otherwise the show is put together with new studio-made objects that will tour to the following venues:

Pine Rivers Heritage Museum 31 January–1 April 2012, Bribie Island Seaside Museum 5 April–3 June 2012, Redland Art Gallery 24 June–22 July 2012, Cobb & Co Museum 10 September–17 November 2012, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery 14 December–16 February 2013, Ipswich Art Gallery 2 March–28 April 2013, Stanthorpe Regional Gallery 23 May–30 June 2013, The Centre for Scenic Rim Art and Culture, Beaudesert Mid September–October 2013.

Free (downloadable) tickets to the opening of the LiBrisFair in Brisbane, Friday 16th September 2011 Thursday, Sep 8 2011 

Fine, beautiful and rare books, prints, maps, photographs, manuscripts & ephemera with prices to suit all budgets. History, Literature, Art, Natural History, Sport, Military, Queensland History and the flyer says much more – the erotica will probably be under the counter. This is the first event organised by our friend, Jorn Harbeck who has pulled together 15 other antiquarian booksellers from around Australia, including “Novel Lines Bookshop” at Brisbane’s Paddington run by another client and friend – Anne Jolly. The tickets are here to download and print out, further information supplied if you email him direct <> The venue is at the State Library of Queensland, The Studio (Level One), Stanley Place, Brisbane.


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