Silversmith wins natural history art prize - Art Collector

Julie Byfield, Scintilla Series “Spiralling weed, Soft sponge, Sea urchin” Vessels, 2010. Courtesy: the artist

25 July 2011 | South Australian silversmith Julie Blyfield has won the $50,000 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize.

She was selected for a series of vessels titled
Scintilla Series: Spiralling weed, Soft sponge, Sea urchin.

Blyfield says she was inspired by trips to Kangaroo Island. “The Scintilla series relates to the fragile coastal plants and sea life, capturing the subtle textures and patterns from the area. These parallel qualities are reflected in the delicate vessels which are hand made from precious pure silver.”

Blyfield has pieces exhibited internationally with the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh and the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, part of the Palais du Louvre.

The award exhibition, which also features Gladdy Kemarre and Camilla Tadich, will continue at the South Australian Museum until 4 September 2011.

Jane O'Sullivan

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