About the artist: EUTECTICâ„¢ brand jewelry is created by self-taught graphic designer and DIY rebel Stevie Ballow. The child of an architect and a stay-at-home-mom, Ballow grew up with a love of crafted things and an appreciation of functional spaces. She trained as an engineer at Louisiana Tech University, developing the skills for finding creative and efficient solutions to problems. Eventually realizing that engineering really wasnâ€™t in her future (long story), Ballow and her husband moved to Houston in 2001. After doing small design jobs for friends, she established her own freelance graphic design firm in 2005. The company added handmade product lines in 2006, and the EUTECTICâ„¢ brand is Ballowâ€™s most visible and exciting project to date.
Drawing from Ballowâ€™s technical experience and artistic expression, EUTECTICâ„¢ is the product of applying engineering principals to fashion. While the look of the brand is inline with current trends and movements, more focus is placed on the actual construction and versatility of each piece, streamlining the construction process and minimizing the cost. And while all of that sounds very technical, it really means that a woman can spend a little bit more on quality jewelry because sheâ€™ll wear it more and keep it longer that a cheap piece of costume jewelry. And in a society where fashion is either disposable or out of reach, finding a midpoint between the two is not only important for Ballow, it is imperative.
Ballow currently resides in Sugar Land, TX with her husband and two cats. She is active in her community, promoting Houston-based artists and designers through her companyâ€™s blog and donating her products and graphic design services to local charities and schools. She is a member of WIVLA (Women in Visual and Literary Arts)and the Houston Craft Mafia. And if sheâ€™s not working in her studio or shoe shopping, Ballow can be found playing soccer or helping her husband rebuild his â€˜88 Mustang.