This month's artist profile is on the super-talented Corrinne Eira Evans, find out about her inspirations and insights
Corrinne Eira Evans, can you tell me a bit more about yourself and why you began designing?
Surrounded by talented artists as family members, I was immersed at a young age. By the age of 13 I knew I wanted to be a jeweller and worked in a repairs workshop and shop, in Cornwall, between School, College & university. Studying for 6 years in Applied Arts and Jewellery & Silversmithing at Birmingham School of Jewellery I graduated with awards of Top Student and the BJA Production award. In 2009 I set up my own business and have been fortunate to get selected into major national shows, Exhibitions and prestigious galleries. Now living in Devon on the amazing Kigbeare Studio’s site, with a brilliant workshop, I feel very privileged to have a job I enjoy.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An archaeologist. My dad and I would go and dig holes in the Cornish stone walls which surrounded my parent’s garden, finding old china and glass bottles.
Who inspires you the most?
There’s so many! Nora Fok is one of my favourites, her beautiful sculptural nylon textile forms, attention to detail and passion really inspires me.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Motivation, passion & play are key ingredients for a happy life in the art world. Keeping focused on your enthusiasm and what you want to achieve.
Where’s your favourite place in the world?
The Beach!! Any Beach.
What are you most proud of?
Receiving the BJA Productions award. I’m not a known winner of things or receive many awards, so getting this and it being from the British Jewellers Association was amazing. Do you have a favourite artwork or sculpture? I love Junko Mori’s sculptures, so much movement in a solid structure.
What is your favourite book?
With so many books in our house it’s hard to choose a favourite but there is one called ‘Earth’ which has magnificent photographs of the world from space.
What life lessons have been most important?
Patience and hard work goes a long way.
What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?
Probably something swimming related. I love to swim.
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