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Girt by Sea by Julie Blyfield and Kath Inglis

Exhibition  /  08 Apr 2022  -  30 Apr 2022
Published: 22.04.2022
Julie Blyfield. Brooch: Pressed marine algae, 2022. Sterling silver, Bi-metal.. Photo by: Grant Hancock. Julie Blyfield
Brooch: Pressed marine algae, 2022
Sterling silver, Bi-metal.
Photo by: Grant Hancock
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Girt by Sea brings together the jewellery of Julie Blyfield and Kath Inglis, two Adelaide based contemporary jewellers, whose recent research and work has focussed on marine algae.

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Julie Blyfield, Kath Inglis
About Julie Blyfield's work
Research has always underpinned my practice and it continues to feed my enthusiasm and spark my passion for making jewellery and metal work. Translating something ephemeral into a metal piece is both a satisfying and, an engrossing process.

In this marine work, I’ve created my own ‘hybrid’ algae specimens, made in Bi-metal from copper fused to silver and heat coloured red or patinated verdigris with copper nitrate, echoing the colours of the specimens. Some are also made from silver and others oxidised black.  I enjoy the contrast in colours, texture and form. Each piece of metal is laboriously hand chased ( textured) with steel tools allowing for both planning and spontaneity in the designs.

In making new work I hope the viewers/wearers add their own layers of interpretation and meaning to the jewellery pieces and reflect on the subtle symbolism the work evokes in regard to caring for our oceans and the life within.
/ Julie Blyfield, 2022


About Kath Inglis's work
Plastic is routinely regarded with little value, sometimes designed to be a single use item, passing from our hands to a sentence of waste for thousands of years. This (mis)use of plastic has significant impacts on the environment, in particular, marine environments.
Inglis wanted to connect her jewellery practice to this issue by investigating the marine algae (seaweed) collection at the State Herbarium of South Australia through a lens of values. In 2019 she was awarded a Guildhouse Collections Project with the Adelaide Botanic Gardens to do this.

Observing the dried specimens of marine algae through a microscope, I frequently referenced their intriguing surfaces to materials that I was familiar with – cling wrap, lollypop sticks, cellophane, fishing line, mesh bags for oranges etc. Many of these plastic items are often discarded after a single use, and decided to weave these new materials into my studio exploration. / Kath Inglis, 2022

This project uncovered rich entanglements between the living and non-living, recognising positive natural relationships, creative hope and the seeking material justice.
 
Julie Blyfield. Neckpiece: Segmented #2, 2022. Bi-metal copper&sterling silver, patinated, wax seal.. Photo by: Grant Hancock. Julie Blyfield
Neckpiece: Segmented #2, 2022
Bi-metal copper&sterling silver, patinated, wax seal.
Photo by: Grant Hancock
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Julie Blyfield. Earrings: Marine, 2022. Sterling silver, patinated Bi-metal, heat coloured, wax.. Photo by: Grant Hancock. Julie Blyfield
Earrings: Marine, 2022
Sterling silver, patinated Bi-metal, heat coloured, wax.
Photo by: Grant Hancock
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Julie Blyfield. Earrings: Marine, 2022. Bi-metal copper&sterling silver, patinated, wax seal.. Photo by: Grant Hancock. Julie Blyfield
Earrings: Marine, 2022
Bi-metal copper&sterling silver, patinated, wax seal.
Photo by: Grant Hancock
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Kath Inglis. Neckpiece: Pink Epiphyte, 2019. PVC tube (dyed, cellophane printing, bound with fishing line and heat formed), PVC sheet (dyed, cellophane printing, cut, carved and heat fused layers), Lollypop sticks (paint and heat formed), silk thread, stainless steel wire.. 38 x 24 x 5 cm. Kath Inglis
Neckpiece: Pink Epiphyte, 2019
PVC tube (dyed, cellophane printing, bound with fishing line and heat formed), PVC sheet (dyed, cellophane printing, cut, carved and heat fused layers), Lollypop sticks (paint and heat formed), silk thread, stainless steel wire.
38 x 24 x 5 cm
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Kath Inglis. Earrings: Chaetopmorpha with Diatoms, 2022. PVC tube (dyed, cellophane printing, bound with fishing line and heat formed), PVC sheet (dyed, cellophane printing, cut), stainless steel wire and silk thread.. 6.5 x 1 x 2.3 cm. Kath Inglis
Earrings: Chaetopmorpha with Diatoms, 2022
PVC tube (dyed, cellophane printing, bound with fishing line and heat formed), PVC sheet (dyed, cellophane printing, cut), stainless steel wire and silk thread.
6.5 x 1 x 2.3 cm
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Kath Inglis. Neckpiece: Orange Epiphyte, 2019. PVC tube (dyed, paint, cellophane printing, bound with fishing line and heat formed), PVC sheet (dyed, cellophane printing, cut, carved and heat fused layers), paint and heat formed, Melted PVC offcuts, fused frused layers. Thermoplastic, silk thread and stainless steel wire.. 37 x 24 x 3 cm. Kath Inglis
Neckpiece: Orange Epiphyte, 2019
PVC tube (dyed, paint, cellophane printing, bound with fishing line and heat formed), PVC sheet (dyed, cellophane printing, cut, carved and heat fused layers), paint and heat formed, Melted PVC offcuts, fused frused layers. Thermoplastic, silk thread and stainless steel wire.
37 x 24 x 3 cm
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Kath Inglis. Earrings: Diatom Colony, 2022. PVC sheet (dyed, cellophane printing, cut, carved, heat fused layers), stainless steel wire.. 6.5 x 3.5 x 1.8 cm. Kath Inglis
Earrings: Diatom Colony, 2022
PVC sheet (dyed, cellophane printing, cut, carved, heat fused layers), stainless steel wire.
6.5 x 3.5 x 1.8 cm
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