4th October -21st December
Julie Blyfield is one of Australia’s leading contemporary jewellery artist; her interest in metals started in 1976 when, during her study at Torrens college of Advanced Education in Adelaide, she attended a lecture on Jewellery.
One of the major sources of her inspiration is the wider world of history, thanks to her experience in archaeological sites and in museum collections.Therefore, Julie’s knowledge of indigenous cultures, both intellectual and aesthetic, often influenced the jewellery she created during the years. Jewellery pieces that are inspired by the forceful structures, repetitions and the mesmerizing qualities and textures of plants. The artist use silver as a medium to transfer these qualities into wearable pieces, a material that like the botanical spices, comes from the earth. One is hard and cold, the other is ephemeral, soft, and pliable.
The surfaces of the pieces are treated with extreme elegance and delicacy.
Chiseled, engraved, gold-plated and enameled they recreate the perfect harmony of the Australian na- ture. Julie likes to take photos and videos of the places that surround her, and she says : ‘At different times of the year on my daily walks, I see changes in the environment where I live. Small things catch my eye – a leaf, a seed, seed pods piled in the street, piles of leaves, seasons, the colors, the changes. As I walk I collect and select pieces of ephemera – it can be a small insignificant leaf’.
The small vessels and jewellery reflect Julie’s responses to the South Australian landscape. Through these pieces she focuses on the details that give the place its unique character – “A landscape of works” that’s how she describes her work, a landscape of jewellery and objects that reflect the diversity, the history and colors of her country.