Julie Blyfield’s silver jewellery and objects reflect her fascination with plants and botany. “My jewellery and vessel work is inspired by collections of botanical specimens and historic collections of embroidery which include floral motifs in their design. I see my work as an extension of the 19th century Australian gold and silversmithing tradition in which our natural history became the subject of elaborate tableware and jewellery.” Trips to the desert country in the north east of South Australia have also prompted contemplation of the changing landscape and the remarkable capacity for adaptation shown by organisms living in extreme conditions. The unique range of patterns and shapes produced by organisms struggling for survival is a source of inspiration for Julie with their unusual forms and colours surfacing in her designs. Her subtle interpretations reveal very fine nuances of texture and organic patterns in poetic compositions that strike a natural balance between fluid movement and stillness.
Based in Adelaide, Julie studied jewellery making and silversmithing at the South Australian College of the Arts between 1984 and 1987. She has been featured in exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, USA and Asia. Her award-winning jewellery has been acquired for various collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and Art Gallery of South Australia. Her work was featured in “Transformations” at the National Gallery of Australia in October 2005.
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