Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva trained at Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art. She works with natural materials from caul fat to gold leaf. She teaches regularly and exhibits internationally including the Vatican Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2015 and representing Macedonia, Venice Biennale, 2013. Works are in many public and private collections.
Describe your approach to teaching.
I’m interested in how exchanging knowledge develops through collaboration. I give individual guidance and 'hands on' practical tuition. I encourage students to explore each material they work with, creating something unique.
What inspires your own work?
I am concerned with beauty, turning things through sometimes radical manipulation of the material from the ugly to the beautiful. I’m influenced by patterns, texture, hidden space and architecture.