We are excited to welcome graduate exhibitor, Evgeniia Balashova to Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017.
Born in a small city in North-West Russia, Eve’s passion for design and making has always been present. After completing a 4 year course in drawing, painting and composition studies, Eve’s original plan was to pursue architecture. However after an encounter with a jewellers workshop on a family trip to Rio de Janeiro, Eve saw the potential to translate her traditional drawing skills into 3D forms. Eve attended jewellery and silversmithing course at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2016.
Eve took part in the Goldsmith Centre’s ‘Getting Started’ course where she tells us she received a huge amount of ‘business support, network of connections and a lot of practical information and advice.’ The course helped her begin to see herself ‘as a business as well as a maker.’
Her practice involves a mix of traditional making skills and modern technology such as 3D printing and 3D printed nylon, a medium that with ‘every little tweak you make the model completely changes the final result.’
Her favourite piece is the ‘Torrent’ necklace, part of her degree show collection. The necklace opens up into two parts with a hinge and is connected with a series of magnets down the middle. A combination of hand made and CAD, this piece demonstrated Eve’s contemporary use of modern technology and traditional silversmith skills.
This year was Eve’s second time exhibiting at New Designers, but this time as part of ‘One Year On’. Eve describes being part of the event as good practice in learning how to talk about her work ‘confident, engaging and approachable way.’ As for being part of this year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair, she says ‘with the right preparation, the possibilities are endless!’
Eve will be showing in Week 2, stand 9 of Goldsmiths’ Fair.