Julie Blyfield’s practice spans 30 years, her jewellery and object work inspired by research into botanical specimens, personal and historical silver collections, and the rich diversity of the Australian landscape. She interprets her subject matter predominately in precious silver using the techniques of metal chasing and surface chiseling.
In 2007 Blyfield was a recipient of the prestigious South Australian Living Artists Award, which celebrated her achievements with a major monograph about her life and work published by Wakefield Press. She was also the Overall Winner of the South Australian Museum Natural History Art Prize, as part of which her work was acquired by the South Australian Museum collection. More recently, a Creative Australia Award presented by Australia Council offered Blyfield the opportunity to create and exhibit Panorama, a significant body of new jewellery and objects for an international touring exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales, the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh and Bilk Gallery in Canberra in 2017.
Blyfield’s jewellery and metalwork is held in Australian and international museum collections, including the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her work has been shown in international art and design fairs by Galerie Ra at Collect in London, UK and by Charon Kransen Arts at SOFA in Chicago, USA. Throughout her career Blyfield has travelled, lectured and presented workshops in Australia, the United States of America, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. As part of her practice she regularly mentors emerging jewelers, sharing her knowledge, skills and professional experience.