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 

“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!

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 . . .

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!

Two days of posting and selling magazines via Facebook is zooming Friday, Apr 10 2015 

I’ve got news for you, between the two world wars in the northern hemisphere boys and girls weren’t afraid of a little sun on their willies . . . so who wants these issues? Call me on 0431 464 470.

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.

The Gallery|Medal as covered in the most recent edition of ‘ARTLINES’ 4/2014 for (December, January, February) Monday, Dec 29 2014 

The larger .pdf versions are downloadable: page one HERE and page two HERE

We were very excited to be handed this commission. The partnering with the gallery and foundation executives, the numerous processes required to create the medal pushed everyone to excel and then the unique packaging designed by us and produced by the gallery has exceeded everyone’s expectations – nice!

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!

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