Tell us about yourself, how did you become a jeweller?
I knew I wanted a career in the arts after my schooling, I trained as a secondary school art teacher in the late 1970's.
It was during this fabulous course at Teachers College that I learnt the basic skills in jewellery making (as well as many other things such as printmaking, painting, drawing, photography) and I was hooked on making small scale work! I am a keen gardener and I enjoy planting, 'snipping and sweeping' as a way of relaxing and changing my focus.
Which jeweller, craftspeople, writers, artists, musicians, anyone do you find particularly inspiring and how have they influenced your approach to making?
Are there any specific quotes, ideas, places that influence this current body of work?
Every Christmas we head down to Kangaroo Island to relax, swim and wind down at the end of the year. So I decided that I would base a new collection of work on the coastal plants collected from beach walks and plants of the sea. I didn't really want the work to be a literal translation of what I collected or photographed but rather reflect the 'feel ' of the coastal vegetation and the colours of the locations.
Are there any specific collections, museums that you have found inspiring and why?
Julie Blyfield: Contemporary Jewellery and Objects 1990 – 2010
5 February – 20 March
Opening: 4 February at 6:00pm