Tiia Eving (b. 1947 in Saaremaa)
After graduating basic school, my art-loving parents sent me to Tartu Art School. In 1968 I graduated from the speciality of a decorator, but went to SAIE to study jewellery decoration. My diploma project completed in 1974 was figural series of embossed copper wall plates “Sonata to the Youth”.
During my work in Ars-Juveel in 1976–1997 I made jewellery, wall plates and trays, designed cups, honorary plates, medals, decorative forms, jewellery and badges. 1975–1991 I participated in national and all-Union applied art exhibitions, as well as exhibitions of young artists, triennials, foreign exhibitions. My personal exhibition took place in 1982 in Tallinn Art Hall, in the same year I was admitted to the Estonian Artists’ Association. Since 1997 I have exposed by creation as a freelance artist and shareholder in A-Gallery. In jewellery I try to achieve originality with author’s technique, where the main details are silver texture and clear form language, also picturesque gilding, if necessary.- In the book “A-Gallery. Estonian art jewellery gallery for 20 years” (2014)
“In the old gallery, it was customary to remember our old lecturers and we always invited them to celebrate birthdays. I remember when we got the old space. We were looking for a place where we could open an artists’ shop, and we were offered the former metal spinning room which now houses the HOP Gallery. There was a thick wood floor, underneath which was parquet flooring, which we all enthusiastically began to scrub and restore.
Communicating with the teaching staff was still honoured and practiced. The head of the department Arseni Mölder, lecturer Lilian Linnaks, Salme Raunam – they were all invited to our gallery to celebrate birthdays.” – Tiia Eving at the A-Gallery exhibition MEMORY CARDS (2019)