Julie Blyfield - Panorama
Opening 24 March - until 29 April 2017
'Silky Oak' Neckpiece Oxidised sterling silver, silk thread, archival wax 2015 230x170x12mm. NFS.
'Silky oak' Neckpiece detail Oxidised sterling silver, silk thread,wax 2015. NFS
'Silky Oak' Brooches Sterling silver, oxidised sterling silver, wax 2015. 80x50x24 mm, 60x60x20 mm, 55x70x23 mm Price range $2200-$2530
'Street pods' Neckpiece Sterling silver, cord 2015. 260x250x7 mm $5500
Julie Blyfield Process image
Julie Blyfield sketches, silky oak seeds and work in progress 2015
'Strata' Brooches and 'South coast' shrub Brooch Oxidised sterling silver, enamel paint,wax 2015. 50x90x20 mm, 50x100x20 mm, 70x75x20 mm and 45x70x20 mm Price range: $1100 - 1980
In 2013 Julie was awarded an Australia Council ‘Creative Australia’ grant to develop and present a new body of work for a solo exhibition at Ruthin Crafts Centre in Wales, United Kingdom. Panorama opened at Ruthin Crafts Centre in 2015 and toured to The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh in 2016. In March 2017 Bilk Gallery is delighted to be presenting a selection of this solo exhibition by this celebrated and luminary of Australian metalsmithing.
Julie Blyfield makes jewellery, small-scale vessels and sculptural objects. For Panorama, she set out to create a ‘landscape of work’ to see how her work would flow and develop almost by osmosis over an extended period of time. Her pieces are delicate, fine and textured, they are constructed in silver, bi metal (thin 22 carat gold fused onto silver sheet), some surfaces are enhanced with enamel paint others are oxidised.
Julie captures the sights and the spirit of the landscape with photography and recording. She notes, ‘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 colours, 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” I wanted to make a long landscape of jewellery and object that says something about the place where I live. On the tile of her exhibit, Panorama, Julie says “I decided it reflects the ‘openness’ and lightness and diversity of the Australian landscape, I wanted this to reflect something about Australia, its scale, colour and history.”
Julie Blyfield worked at Gray Street Workshop, contemporary jewellery collective, in Adelaide, South Australia for 23 years and in 2010, she established her own independent studio overlooking her garden environment. In 2007 she was a recipient of the prestigious South Australian Living Artist Award which celebrated her achievements with a major monograph about her life and work, published by Arts SA and Wakefield Press. Julie has her work in museum collections including the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, United Kingdom.
'Caper flower' Brooches Oxidised sterling silver, enamel paint wax 2015. 85x105x10 mm, 70x90x22 mm and 62x76x20 mm Price range: $1980-$2530
'Lens view' Brooches Oxidised sterling silver, sterling silver, enamel paint, wax 2015. 60x67x10 mm and 55x62x10 mm size range. Price range $1470 - $2200
Julie Blyfield process 2015
'Eucalyptus' Brooch 2015 Oxidised sterling silver, wax. $2500
'Quench Cups' Oxidised sterling silver, wax sterling silver 2015 $3300 (oxidised) and $2700 (silver)
'Grass seed' and 'Quandong' Arm cuffs Sterling silver, Oxidised sterling silver, wax 2015. $1540 each
'Street seed' & 'Sunray' Neckpieces Oxidised sterling silver, bi-metal and wax 2015. Street seed $6600 Sunray NFS
'Spinfex'& 'Sunray' earrings Sterling silver, Bi-metal 22ct & oxidised 925 Sunray earrings $1320 Spinifex earrings $495
Golden heart leaf Lidded container Bi-metal 22kt and Oxidised sterling silver, wax 50x 75 x65 mm $3960
Leaf Stack Lidded container Oxidised sterling silver, wax 125x 105x85mm $8800
'Spinifex' and 'Spinifex shadow' Neckpieces oxidised sterling silver, sterling silver 2015. Spinifex $3960 Spinifex Shadow $4840
'Rock face' Brooches Sterling silver 2015. 50x65x10 mm - 58x85x15 mm. Price range: $1700 - $1870
Julie Blyfield Process skteches and neckpiece in progress.
'Lifeline' Neckpiece Oxidised sterling silver, wax 2015. 500x180x7 mm $5280
'Fringed violet' Neckpiece Oxidised sterling silver, sterling silver,wax, cord 2015. 270x250x6 mm $5500