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Norman McGow and it wasn’t until
she was in her 40s that she decided to
undertake some formal training. Heather
completed an art studies diploma at TAFE,
where she became sidetracked into the
school’s jewellery-making area, and then
at 50, she went to the University of WA
and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree,
majoring in fine arts and English.
Heather describes her paintings as
“figurative abstract – based on reality but
abstracted from it”. Her jewellery, which
stems from her paintings, is mostly silver
and copper. She creates all her pieces in the
studio in the heart of the house.
Clive, who is a former oil and gas
engineer, recently started making
jewellery based on engineering concepts.
He now has his own chair set up next to
Heather’s in the jewellery-making side
of the studio, while the other side of the
studio remains dedicated to Heather’s
painting and printmaking.
“It’s a really nice area to work in,” says
Heather. “I love the studio being a central
part of the house.” It is open to the lounge
area where they often sit and discuss ideas.
Heather and Clive both brought some
pieces of art and furniture to their new
home but much of what is there now
they have discovered together. “We
don’t specifically look for things, we just
happen upon them,” explains Heather.
“Fortunately Clive and I are usually drawn
to the same pieces.”
On a visit to a village south of London
they walked away from a shop having both
eyed off a 1930s Moorcroft tea set. Once
they realised they shared the same love for
the collectable tea set they went back and
bought it. “It was a bit of an indulgence,”
says Heather. “We don’t normally spend
lots of money.”
Also in England, they went to the studio
of contemporary painter Martin Procter
and came home with a canvas rolled in a
sewerage pipe. They now have three Martin
Procter paintings on the walls.
Heather and Clive have collected a lot
of pieces from friends or people they
know. A painting here. A sculpture there.
Instead of wedding rings, they bought
a painting by West Australian artist
Elizabeth Ford, with whom Heather went
to school. They also have a painting by an
art colleague of Heather’s, Brendon Darby,
from his recent Brooklyn to Brooklyn
exhibition. And interspersed among these
are some of Heather’s own paintings, and
works by her father.
Amongst the many books in the lounge
are three little timber ‘handbags’, bought
in Bali. And a deer, which was made in
Java, is one of numerous items that
Heather and Clive have bought from
Basic Elements in Guildford.
Aside from the art (and the Moorcroft
tea set) one of Heather’s favourite items is
an old Japanese cabinet, which was given
to her by the daughter of a friend who
passed away. It sits on a small timber table
beneath the Brendon Darby painting.
The word ‘old’ features a lot around
the place, rather than cite specific dates
and names for the pieces of furniture
and objects. An old Japanese chest acts
as a bedside table; an old timber cabinet
from Perth Dental Clinic stores some of
Heather’s fi nished jewellery; and an old
timber screen offers a fragmented view
into the studio from the dining area.
Some are antiques and others are
newer ‘old-looking’ pieces, but ultimately
Heather and Clive aren’t motivated by the
value or age of a piece. They simply collect
things they like.
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