Evgeniia Balashova

Evgeniia is a Russian-born, Glasgow-based jewellery designer and maker. Back in Russia, Evgeniia attended a classical art school, where she was taught strict rules of composition, technical drawing and watercolours.

When she arrived in Scotland at the age of 17 to study at the Glasgow School of Art, she found that art and design were taught in a completely different way: liberating, free and open-minded. She studied at the GSA for 4 years and graduated in June 2016.

Today Evgeniia aspires to combine these two very different approaches in her work, creating a unique mix of strict rules and geometry combined with the organic, free-flowing motion of thought.

The focus of Evgeniia’s work lies in the exploration of repetition, movement and in the manipulation of grids in combination with the reiteration of geometrical forms.

The initial inspiration for her work comes from office spaces and the abundance of repetitive features found within them. Stationary, computer hardware, identical furniture… These all appear in perfect order until human intervention turns them into organised chaos. Evgeniia’s work explores this curious relationship through a combination of contrasts.

Through the use of digital technology and traditional hand skills, she creates a balance between geometric precision and soft flowing curves. Using the cube, a reference to an office cubicle, as a basis for many of her designs, the form acts as a starting point of transformation of a basic shape into a vibrant, energetic object.