Australia, b. 1957
Julie Blyfield is a South Australian artist renowned for her work inspired by collected botanical specimens and forms. Using the traditional metalsmithing techniques of chasing and repoussé, Blyfield creates intricately textured pieces, which capture the essence of the Australian natural landscape. Blyfield initially studied teaching before going on to study Jewellery making and silversmithing at the South Australian College of the Arts and Education. She has since established a highly respected career which has encompassed teaching and mentoring alongside her artistic practice. Blyfield exhibits internationally and has pieces in the permanent collections of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and Victoria & Albert Museum in London, as well as all major public collections in Australia.
“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.” Julie Blyfield