When I meet Eve Balashova, she brings a 3D printed box filled with her 3D printed creations. Her name is incorporated onto the side (see pic above) and to me, this highlights the meticulous detail that Eve pours into her work. Luckily, she has brought many examples!
I was struck by the sheer scope of Eve’s pieces – small, circular earrings to big statement pieces. While some pieces are very flexible, others are quite rigid and others fall somewhere in the middle. Most of the pieces I experience today are made of nylon, but with experience in traditional metalworking skills Eve is branching out.
Asking about the ethos was behind her brand, Eve explains that most designs are inspired by office space and stationery. While making the transitional move from her home country, Russia, Eve had to spent a lot of time in official buildings. This experience now permeates much of her work, with a particular emphasis on repetition.
Eve tells me that ‘organised chaos’ and liberation’ are also present in her 3D printed pieces. They are geometric and precise, but always with an element of distortion. In the beginning stages of one design, Eve even dismantled computer hardware to get a closer look at the components!
Before coming to Scotland Eve studied art in Russia, where teaching was based on strict rules of composition, traditional watercolour painting and technical drawing. Eve found this way of studying too rigid. At the Glasgow School of Art, on the other hand, Eve was encouraged to put as more creativity and liberation into her work as possible.
Movement is a big factor in Eve’s designs. While many 3D prints are still very rigid, the fashion industry is experimenting more and more with comfortable designs that blend comfort with aesthetics.
You can see this best for yourself on Eve’s Instagram account. I love the brushstroke earrings, where individual strands of nylon emulate the bristles of a paint brush. The pendulous movement of these spherical earrings are also hypnotic!
This Pressure brooch, which to me mimics an hourglass, was another favourite. The central material is nylon, which is held in place with a hand-made gold-plated sterling silver frame. Eve describes ‘flexible wires’ that ‘allow to position the element in different ways giving the piece a new character each time.’ Like the fluid movement of time…
So, what does the future hold for Eve Balashova?
She will be exhibiting at the Craft Scotland Summer Show in Edinburgh in August and the Goldsmiths Fair in London in October. Following on from her Artistar Jewels Award in Milan, Eve has won 2 months of tuition in Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana furthering her knowledge in goldsmithing and metalwork.
We will be following her journey and wish her luck every step of the way!