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Brooch - Paperseed


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Adelaide (made)

  • Date:

    2007 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Blyfield, Julie, born 1957 (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chased silver

  • Credit Line:

    The Louise Klapisch Collection, given by Suzanne Selvi

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Julie Blyfield draws on the botanical richness and diversity of her native Australia to create these delicate and finely detailed plant studies. Each element is individually raised from silver sheet with detail and texture added by chasing. She explains that her work 'is inspired by the botanical landscape in Australia which I interpret in my metal work using the technique of 'metal raising' and 'chasing'. I enjoy exploring and collecting plant specimens from rich and diverse environments such as the Simpson desert in the north of South Australia and further south around the coast of Kangaroo Island'.

Her intention is not β€˜to replicate plant forms in a botanically correct fashion, but .. to capture the essence of the things I discover.’ Although much of her jewellery is directly inspired by plants she has collected or sketched, this brooch is based on an album of pressed Australian desert plants which was put together around 1900.

This brooch is one of forty-five pieces of jewellery given to the V&A from the collection of the late Louise Klapisch.

Physical description

A silver cluster of leaf forms: four large, paddle-shaped leaves their surfaces covered with raised dots are entwined with four stems of smaller pointed leaves with central veins. The brooch appears to have been made in two parts, each cut from silver sheet (each with two large leaves facing each other and the stems of smaller leaves projecting at ninety degrees between them) which have then been bent together and secured with silver wire. A steel pin on the reverse.

Place of Origin

Adelaide (made)


2007 (made)


Blyfield, Julie, born 1957 (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Chased silver

Marks and inscriptions

JB stamped on the reverse


Height: 60 mm, Width: 75 mm, Depth: 30 mm

Descriptive line

'Paperseed' brooch, silver, by Julie Blyfield, Australia, Adelaide, 2007




Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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