Not so much a commission but a swap with a friend Friday, Jun 14 2019 

One of our main ‘go-to’ shops in Richmond, Tasmania is Walker & Walker (colonial antiques & campaign furniture) (home wares) (hand crafts) (books) (garden furniture) (good vibes). Ben & malE were collaborating on a table top for our pair of stamped convict made iron trestles. While we were at his house in North Hobart, Ben showed us all the things he found under the floorboards when renovating the kitchen.

Porcelain shards, beads, coins, cutlery, thimbles etc . . . we ended up taking three pieces home with us and these two brooches and mounted beads were created for Ben’s wife Maddy and daughter Hollie.

The first thing we did on our last visit was to hand over to Ben who gifted them that night. He texted back the following day “hey, great to catch up Monday, girls are over the moon and had no idea – thanks again, cheers Ben”

Brooches © Bh textured 925 Silver, tab set porcelain shards with stainless steel double pins as brooch backs 18ct yellow gold detail White Jade bead and blue glass bead set with 18ct yellow Gold beaded post and link.

Two gallery curators visit the studio on April Fools Day Friday, Apr 12 2019 

(names and gallery with-held for now) – sharing this Email we received :

“We are working on an exhibition focussed on rituals in all their forms – We are keen to hear what works you have in development and were wondering if you would be free for a studio visit sometime in the coming month?”

Yes, we all had a super meeting and Barb and I have homework to do . . .

One early 1996 show of Barbara’s was un-earthed and one that I personally think should never be forgotten.

Back in the late 1980s on my weekly visits to see Bebe Senior at her antique shop Lock Stock & Barrel, in St Lucia, Aunty Bebe showed me a beautiful solid silver salver, likely a memento from young Clarence Chafee’s college fraternity rite, adding it was quite unsaleable given the six vulgar phrases engraved on it; Drink Blood, You Give Up?, My Game, Last Call for Bloodweiser, Got 50c?, Eat Raw Meat – with each engraved in a markedly different font. Years followed and when I took up with Barbara, on another visit to Bebe & Bob MacPherson’s they gave the salver to Barb with the wish that she ‘make it into art’. That opportunity happened when Christine Plötz offered Barbara a short duration spot (18/10/96 to 23/10/96) in her James Street gallery schedule.

Using her jewellers saw, Barbara cut around each of the engraved slogans, simultaneously defining a unique shape for each to be later formed into six silver rings. The salver remained, punched void of its offending words. I loved Barbara’s installation device using ‘Heide’s’ text from Keith Leopold’s ‘Deutsche Teenager von Heute” counterposed with a sacred Sanskrit text.  So many readings are possible – on the opening night of the show I remember boys playing with the sexual inuendo theme while gay men derived Barbara had created her own set of graduated cock rings. Two additional readings came from two reviews, one by Leonie Stanford & this by Brookes & Stockwell. We retain this work.

 

 

Pair of commissioned bracelets, hollow ware © Bh 2019 – Jeweller to the Lost studio, Brisbane Friday, Mar 29 2019 

Kate Galloway’s brief to Barbara, March 2019

 A signifier of friendship. Observation of thoughtful gestures that span decades and persist in the face of life, death, troubles, and triumphs. Recognition of the value of love without judgement, and of a deep knowledge of our friends’ true selves exposed to and shared with us over time. Simultaneously an instance and an eternity, fantasy and reality, without measure. Geometries of silver. Burnished, smooth, striated. A collaboration of diversity joined by flexible anodised stainless steel cable. Dark, sturdy, industrial strength. Through our friends we see ourselves.

Originally commissioned in 1989, this one-off designer watch is back in the studio Thursday, Feb 14 2019 

Commission: Handmade trapezoid shape case in sterling silver with applied heat coloured titanium detail. Two part watch dial of oxidised silver with gold inlay and bone. Watch has quartz movement and fitted with rubber wristband. Designed and made by Barbara Heath for Donald Holt 1989.

BACK STORY REQUESTED:

Donald Holt commissioned this piece in 1989 or 1990 …

We were friends and he had just designed the facade and interior of my second jewellery shop at Paddington, Brisbane.

His design was madly funny and so so chic … with angled columns of patinated brass and a small shop window onto the street, so tiny it was the size of a picture frame …

which became a mini gallery for a time.

Various artists made installations there with often only a loose reference to jewellery.

Thirty years later many people still remember this window … as their introduction to my work.

This was an explosively expanding time in my design practice.

At the time I was busy developing titanium sunglasses frames for Jonathan Sceats in Sydney, a range of titanium and perspex jewellery for Covers, exhibiting internationally alongside Jenny Kee, Linda Jackson etc in the Fashion Australia book by Elina Mackay for Austrade.

But I was also busy building the framework for my commission practice.

This little one-off watch is from this era – ’80’s angularity and an eclectic materials mix – antique bone with blackened silver inlaid with gold and coloured titanium.

Barbara Heath

http://designonline.org.au/20-queensland-designers-barbara-heath/

The actual last commission for 2018 Thursday, Jan 3 2019 

. . . actually its for a friend who is doing a task for us in Tasmania so its a swap or a contra, I guess. It still makes the list and is still posted to show the world what we do. The porcelain shard was found under the floorboards at Elizabeth Street, Hobart while Ben Walker was renovating his family home. He wanted something wearable from Jeweller to the Lost for his wife and daughter. We cut the shard in two, the top one for Maddy as the grounded one and the boat for Hollie, the soon to be free one.

Textured tab set silver, stainless steel double pin, handmade by © Barbara Heath 2018

 

Just received our copy of Christine Erratt’s new book featuring our Mace Thursday, Nov 22 2018 

The Mace was designed by Michael Bryce and his team who collaborated with the Jeweller to the Lost studio in 2005. Barbara and Juan-Luis were the perfect partners to effect this realisation.

Contact http://www.parkerpressbooks.com.au / 10 Bega Road Northbridge NSW 2063

This year has seen one ‘Love Token’ after another commissioned by repeat clients (and friends) Thursday, Nov 1 2018 

Joe Blaszczyk Anniversary ‘Love Token’ necklace for Marg, offset linkage components ebony platinum pearl and emerald pendant. This is one of the two hero jobs featured on our 2018 review which is being printed now and in the mail to commission clients in time for the end of year studio sale.

We have just received the approval to show off this commission Friday, Oct 26 2018 

Hoodlum Productions – Design & make intricate film prop ‘Adrielle’s Locket’ for the Netflix local production, Tidelands here is the trailer

Handmade hook and eye clasp finished these two necklace commission Thursday, Aug 23 2018 

Every visit by Margaret Myers incorporates different materials from her and Bob’s interesting travels and lives . . . “re-create two necklaces using as much of these as I can comfortably wear, please Barbara”? yum! Antique untreated turquoise, corals, lapis lazuli and numerous shaped silver Indian trade beads. Barbara did the threading and I had the opportunity to work out the bead placements + Barbara’s handmade hook and eye clasps in 925 silver.

Commissioned ring with inherited gems and a diamond “win” Tuesday, Jul 24 2018 

This © Barbara Heath ring has an oval dished top 26 x18mm with open work ‘lace’ style as per sketch with narrow rounded profile band 925 silver size P #Jeweller to the Lost Sapphires 3=1.38ct Amber 1=0.85ct Diamond 1=0.22ct

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