Julie Blyfield - Panorama

Opening 24 March - until 29 April 2017 

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. 

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