Julie Blyfield written by Stephanie Radok and Dick Richards, and published by Wakefield Press.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
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, spanning over 20 years, which has encompassed teaching and mentoring alongside her artistic practice. Blyfield exhibits her work internationally and has pieces in the permanent collections of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
“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."
Stephanie Radok is an artist and writer. She has written widely on Australian art for over twenty years and her artwork is included in the collections of both state and national galleries and various private collections.
Dick Richards has been involved with the decorative arts, crafts and design for many decades as curator at various galleries. He is a self-taught jeweller and has exhibited work in Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra.