Eva did not take the direct route to designing. She studied textiles—specialised in carpet weaving and textile printing—which meant that after her graduation in 2000 she would have to find an office job. Eva always felt creation to be an irresistible draw and therefore during evening courses re-qualified first in print graphics and then in web design. These fields however, began to be a bind on her time and so she spread her portfolio to include audio vision and PC games. She had continuously made sketches and taken photographs passionately, and the birth of her son Oskar had given her life a new direction, which led her to create these dreamy lights and get hold of a 3D printer.
„These days I am happy about this past experience. Now there is no need for me to pay someone to make a webpage or take photos for me. I can manage everything myself and I don’t need to make compromises.“
What does Eva enjoy most about her work?
„I enjoy all aspects of my work. First, an idea comes to me which I need to somehow anchor. I usually endlessly go over this in a variety of forms. This is followed by the technical side of things e.g. electricity, soldering, 3D print etc. I am an ardent do-it-yourself kind of person. Once a product is made, I grab my photo bag, climb over our fence and head to the marshlands and through the mud in search of that perfect photo. Business is the only area in which someone could stand in for me. Some of the lights are based on their obvious natural element, combining textiles and other materials.“
Some of the lighting objects are based on natural elements combining textile and other materials.
What is the process of their production?
„Once I think of a form it is necessary to tailor make the light connecter. I work only with LED diode, because they are safe and do not heat. If driftwood is a part of the object, it can sometimes take a year or two before the wood is ready. Oxalic acid is used to get rid of maggots and beetles; I then sand it down and correct its shape and if necessary let it dry out. It must then, of course, be varnished. For objects without the wood basis, I work with wires. The wires create the construction, which I then hem. I like to combine sewing techniques so that the surface is as structured as possible. I was most fond of Shibori—that is the technique which manipulatex fabric by heat. But I’m still looking for new ways.“
And what about 3D printing?
„First, I used 3D printing only for jewelry, but now more and more often on lighting objects. This helps me constructively—on forms or more complex shapes. And since I got a 3D pen , it gives me enough freedom to draw 3D parts that are too tiny for textile fabrication—mushrooms, flowers… White biodegrain cornstarch plastic (PLA ) fantastically disperses the light. I’m looking forward to find what this technique is all about.“