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Rare Collection by Julie Blyfield

Exhibition  /  01 Oct 2016  -  05 Nov 2016
Published: 07.09.2016
Julie Blyfield. Brooch: Red Pea' Brooches, 2016. Oxidised sterling silver, paint,wax . Julie Blyfield
Brooch: Red Pea' Brooches, 2016
Oxidised sterling silver, paint,wax 
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An hommage to the book of plant illustrations - Wild flowers of South Australia made by Fanny De Mole in 1861, the first book to illustrate the flora of South Australia.
 

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Julie Blyfield
It is an enormous privilege to work with original source materials to inspire new directions in my jewellery and metal work. In 2015, I approached the State Herbarium of South Australia and spoke with the Botanist - Robyn Barker who encouraged me to investigate the book of plant illustrations - Wild flowers of South Australia.

In the preface of the 1861 book, De Mole states: This present little work is offered , not as having any botanical pretensions, but simply as a Book of Flowers; flowers with which we daily meet in our grounds and neighbourhood, and with which we would gladly make our friends in England familiar.

The old volume contains 20 plates and illustrates 38 different flowering plants from South Australia. Each of the delicate, hand coloured prints is accompanied by a name plate with a description of the plant species with the botanical / common names. It is believed that in the mid 1800’s Fanny’s plant illustrations were sent to England where they were made into Lithographs and returned to Adelaide for hand-colouring with assistance from her family and friends.  Fanny tragically died of Tuberculosis at the age of 31 in 1866. She left a wonderful legacy to be enjoyed today.

This project was generously supported by Arts South Australia. I would especially like to thank Robyn Barker- Botanist from the Herbarium who generously shared her knowledge and expertise. Special thanks to Tony Kanellos and Lorrae West from the State Herbarium of South Australia.


Travelling exhibtion with its second Venue at The National in Christchurch, from November 22 - December 17, 2016.
Julie Blyfield. Vessel: Inscribed Floral, 2016. Sterling silver, oxidised silver,wax. Julie Blyfield
Vessel: Inscribed Floral, 2016
Sterling silver, oxidised silver,wax
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Julie Blyfield. Earrings: Rare Collection' Earrings, 2016. Oxidised sterling silver, sterling silver, paint,wax. Julie Blyfield
Earrings: Rare Collection' Earrings, 2016
Oxidised sterling silver, sterling silver, paint,wax
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Julie Blyfield. Piece: Embossed Pendants & Brooches, 2016. Oxidised sterling silver,paint wax, cord. Julie Blyfield
Piece: Embossed Pendants & Brooches, 2016
Oxidised sterling silver,paint wax, cord
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Julie Blyfield. Brooch: Embossed' Brooches, 2016. Oxidised sterling silver, paint,wax. Julie Blyfield
Brooch: Embossed' Brooches, 2016
Oxidised sterling silver, paint,wax
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