We have set the dates of our studio sale for 2018 Friday, Oct 26 2018 

Here is the hero shot for our commissioner’s report

So many commissions this year are in fact, Love Tokens . . .

L: Joe Blaszczyk Anniversary ‘Love Token’ necklace for Marg, offset linkage components ebony platinum pearl emerald pendant

R: QAGOMA Foundation Next set of ‘Benefactor’s Medals’ & matching lapel pins, gold plated stainless steel and grosgrain ribbon

Saturday 8th December & Sunday 9th December 2018

Many out-of-towners send requests for pics and postal delivery so don’t feel left out!

 

Lovely card from a recent home stay Friday, Aug 10 2018 

His house always has a room available for friends, we were so chuffed to make our spare room available for him recently. His divine card of appreciation (cover detail above) was a delight to read as was his illuminated conversation about most things here that caught his eye. We love the exchange of old-world cards.

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

“When you wish upon a star . . . Saturday, Sep 16 2017 

Makes no difference who you are . . .

Anything your heart desires will come to you”

Our first commissioned ‘Stargazer’ ring for Jesse Roebuck: Medallion Ring © Bh ‘Stargazer’ style Diamond, cape colour rose cut SI 1=0.68ct graver set, solid two part fused 18ct yellow Gold. 

“When a star is born
They possess a gift or two
One of them is this
They have the power to make a wish come true
When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires will come to you
If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do
Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of their secret longing
Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true
When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires will come to you
If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do
Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of their secret longing
Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true”

They did it on the sly and invited family and friends to a ‘witness’ party – well done guys! Tuesday, Nov 15 2016 

Long standing friends who loved our own wedding ring story, now they have their own version.

We are now able to share with clients and friends, our sculpture in Cbus’ new building at 1 William Street Brisbane Friday, Oct 28 2016 

This public art project has been under wraps since 2014, we were one of fifty-four artists to tender an EOI (expression of interest) then one of eight shortlisted. Three made the final cut to have their concepts accepted and be allocated a location. Our work was to be located in the magnificent 10 metre high foyer.

We collaborated throughout with curator; Jacqueline Armitstead, architect; Mark Damant, engineers; Rod Bligh and Simon Lewis, fabricators; Dee Wallace and John Edwards at G&B Stainless. Installation day in September 2016 went perfectly and our group of three works entitled: ‘New Nature’ has already drawn considerable attention and positive reaction from our client and building visitors.

The scale model for #3 is shown on the polished stainless steel light well, beside the spiral strip prior to being tacked to the vector cut spine. All three sculpture elements are laid out for production sheets here, here and here. Each unit in elevation is here, here, and here.

Two of Barbara’s elements on model #2 showing the different materials and treatments she has designed and specified to emulate nature, below and above ground.

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This secure and technologically smart building will house the office of the Queensland Premier, the Queensland Cabinet and parliamentary bureaucrats. The ground floor and foyer are all considered public spaces so do drop in and coffee-up under this last shot above, of model #3.

Just returned to Tunbridge, Tasmania from Auckland where we visited Tim Gruchy and Rhana Devenport Saturday, Feb 20 2016 

Tim’s show at Trish Clark gallery entitled ‘Kade’s Cognition’ has a an object in collaboration with my (pinks) content entitled ‘Clem’s lever’.

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Interactive multi-media software and hardware unit – 1500x570x400mm – unique NZ$9,800.00

The collaboration uses my (found/recycled – pinks) image collection prepared as content for the delivery unit we designed together. Tim has programmed, fabricated with contacts and supplied all the hardware to effect this; our first prototype. N.B. UPDATE Tim has loaded a Vimeo movie of the content – go to Trish Clark web and scroll down to the lever.

Direct here. An updated version here 11/4/2016:

Tim’s show, his first with Trish Clark presents five distinct conceptual projects both inspired by and ruminating upon his extensive interest in the “nexus where science and art collide and overlap” – “how science fiction influences culture and its development and considerations of public and private memory”. All these themes have informed his work since we first met and started exchanging theory and practice towards the end of 1979 in Brisbane. His work practice has taken him to Sydney, then the eastern seaboard of Australia where he has produced installations and exhibitions for public and private patrons, festivals, opera and the party scene. He has collaborated with numerous musicians making live music and producing, programming and directing tripped environments for the past 35 years. His recent move to New Zealand has seen him start an art career proper and a teaching/mentoring link with important Chinese universities. He has also making public artwork commissions in New Zealand (SCOUT) and has participated in eleven international art festivals since 2004.

Just adding a shot at Britomart, taken when we visited the (Scout) object – shown with a young user and Tim on the side of the shot.

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Additional work on a commission from Hong Kong completed and delivered Tuesday, Sep 15 2015 

We have covered this commission previously, Wendy sent back the bracelet asking:

“Dear Barbara and Malcolm, Today I sent the cuff to you via Speedpost.  Should arrive on May 7.  Would you please be so kind as to let me know when you receive it.  We are out of Hong Kong after May 12 until June 8. This sample of the boar tile that you sent Malcolm typifies the rougher element we originally hoped for. With regard to the new leather band perhaps you could send a photo of the leather before re-constructing the cuff?  I am anticipating something in a slightly softer leather, the colour to be lighter and more variegated so it looks a bit worn and, if possible, 1/4 inch wider though that was not in the original brief.  Only if possible to do this since you are re-making it anyway. Again many thanks for this consideration. Best regards, Wendy.”

Barbara dismantled the cuff, initiated a search for a local leather maker, bought more leather samples and started into the medallion with surface punches to (age) the piece. We reported back at each stage and finally sent off the piece for a second time. And yes, the feedback was music to our ears . . .

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.

I’ve finished my artwork + I’ve done the publicity material for the artists as well Wednesday, May 13 2015 

 

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“Stories in Small Spaces” is about filling your own 100mm H x 100mm W x 100mm D cube with an artwork/artworks. Initiated by Studio West End and showing at Impress Gallery, Kedron opened by Liana Heath on Friday June 5 2015. Download the invite – here.  Thirty artists took up the challenge – Wim de Vos and Foremost Plastics assisted me with my piece. The smallest (eye) objects I have in my Urban_Archaeology collection just fell into my cube but needed an explanation and title. A larger .pdf of my piece is here. We hope to see you all at the opening so do save the date!

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