I found this set of 'French curves' in an antique shop in Murwillumbah, Northern NSW. They belonged to an old local hoarder who was a tradesman, I was told. The box is handmade and fitted to accommodate the longer parabolas curve, every one is hand cut from old tin with the remaining paper template still glued in place. The next question is: does this go into tinsmith collection or my graphic tools collection?
Friday, October 10, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
I just love a silhouette, they work so well as illustrations also.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Stamped with the brand - 'Star Mirrors' these do pop up from time to time, all mine were found in the sixties and into the seventies. Barb and I had every one we own massed on one of our bedroom walls when Alan Carter came and did his two five minute episodes of "treasure hunt' at the house.
He had never seen one and came the following day with his wife in tow to see ours.
We moved the collection down to Tasmania to hang on the bathroom walls in Tunbridge, shown above. The local dealers and collectors were equally astonished to see them as they were not evident in Tasmania either. Ann Hesse bought one of the two spare ones I couldn't accommodate and took it home to their Avoca house. People made plastic and paper flowers on tall wires and placed them in the drilled masionite just viewable in the one on the bottom. Another shot here.
A shot of Barbara in front of a Michael Zavros' drawing at the farewell Main Street dinner at Craig Rose's house just before he sold earlier this year.
Friday, September 5, 2014
I've posted the story on our wordpress blog but left the detail to those who follow me here.
I spent 1972 and part of 1973 travelling and buying British antiques in India, working for the Meher Baba Australian fashion enterprise. I saw a few of these Tibetian prayer beads in the Colaba Market but never purchased as they were outside of my focus . . . these popped up on our recent trip from the antiquarian dealer in Hobart, Peter Lane.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
This graphic was quickly updated with the 'pink' element and joins the other lovelies in the "pinks' folder thanks to random comic book panels at TwistedVintageBlog
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
Commissioned for Peter McTavish from his wife, Wendy.
The studio started with the all the historical clan emblems available, one from the family and a previous wide wrist band Peter had found at the local Eumundi markets as a size indicator. Barbara has retained all her leather working tools from the 1970s and it was a delight to go back to this medium. We started by working up the vector line artwork both by hand and computer until we had all elements signed off and Juan-Luis could start the minute saw cuts that have realised this task. The shot below is of the emblem prior to chemical oxidisation and the fitting of the pins that secure the piece to the leather band.
Hand made solid silver buckle and lip finish off this one-of-a-kind commission, we love it!