MARA BALODE

Mara Balode is a Jewellery Artist and Maker who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Silversmithing and Jewellery from Glasgow School of Art in 2017.

Artist's Statement

Mara Balode is a Jewellery Artist and Maker who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Silversmithing and Jewellery from Glasgow School of Art in 2017. In 2016 she was awarded Gold Prize in the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Awards, ‘Raw Pearls’ Jewellery Competition. Mara also received a Precious Metal Bursary from Goldsmiths Company London in 2017. Her works have been exhibited internationally in USA, Japan, Italy and Latvia. During her third year at Glasgow School of Art Mara completed a three months’ exchange program at Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Tokyo, Japan where she started to explore use of transparent materials and themes surrounded by light and illusions. This has triggered further development in her creative practice and was an important experience - a turning point for the development of her work. 

Mara’s inspiration and influences include exploring the relationship between light and shadow. Her aim is to depict an impression of a world vanishing in the sunlight by using textile-like structures to create sculptural jewellery. In her work, she is achieving movement by weaving together small details with nylon tread. These details contain imagery from photographs and are juxtaposed with transparent, translucent and opaque materials.? Using shadow as the defining element of an object, her jewellery creates an ephemeral world that can only exist in contrast to light. Her work aims to draw attention to the small things often overlooked in our daily life.

Further Images

Necklace | Vanishing In The Sunlight

Necklace | Vanishing In The Sunlight

Materials: acrylic, UV resin, nylon thread, sterling silver

Brooch | Title: Vanishing In The Sunlight

Brooch | Title: Vanishing In The Sunlight

Materials: oxidised sterling silver, acrylic, UV resin

Necklace | Vanishing In The Sunlight

Necklace | Vanishing In The Sunlight

Materials: acrylic, UV resin, nylon thread, magnets Photography by Krists Luhaers


Necklace | Vanishing In The Sunlight

Necklace | Vanishing In The Sunlight

Materials: acrylic, UV resin, nylon thread, sterling silver

Brooch | Title: The Shadows

Brooch | Title: The Shadows

Materials: 18k gold, oxidised sterling silver, UV resin Photography by Krists Luhaers

Brooch | Title: Vanishing In The Sunlight

Brooch | Title: Vanishing In The Sunlight

Materials: sterling silver, acrylic, UV resin, nylon thread


Brooch | Title: Vanishing In The Sunlight

Brooch | Title: Vanishing In The Sunlight

Materials: acrylic, UV resin, nylon thread

Necklace | Vanishing In The Sunlight

Necklace | Vanishing In The Sunlight

Materials: oxidised sterling silver, acrylic, UV resin, nylon thread, magnetic clasp

Earrings | Title: Vanishing In The Sunlight

Earrings | Title: Vanishing In The Sunlight

Materials: acrylic, UV resin, nylon thread, sterling silver Photography by Krists Luhaers


Earrings | Title: Vanishing In The Sunlight

Earrings | Title: Vanishing In The Sunlight

Materials: acrylic, UV resin, nylon thread, sterling silver

Necklace | Vanishing In The Sunlight

Necklace | Vanishing In The Sunlight

Materials: acrylic, UV resin, nylon thread Photography by Krists Luhaers

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