Eddy Da Silva: “We learn from every globe that is always unique” | profile

There are weekly yoga sessions, barbecues on the porch in summer, and board games for all tastes in winter. Whenever possible, there is a poncha in the studio by Eddy da Silva, who introduces himself to Fugas as an “artist and craftsman” on the island of Madeira and who today applies his talents to the globes from London Bellerby and Co.

Eddy, 27, grew up and studied for most of his life in Cambridge, England. “Since my dream of being another great footballer in Madeira did not come true, art became a great passion from a young age,” says the Madeiran, who quickly realized that he would not play alongside “Idol Cristiano Ronaldo” – without following the steps of “determination” and “passion”.

During his move to London and at a time when he realized that a career related to the arts was not the path that would make him happy, Eddy responded to an ad on Bellerby’s Instagram account for the position of globe craftsman. “I replied, I went to the studio where I was making my first globe, and shortly afterwards I got a positive response from the studio that I had been following on social media for a number of years.

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On a normal day, which can start with coffee and homemade pudding cake (“something I occasionally make for my colleagues who love this sweet”), the Portuguese artisan takes the scalpel “with a very sharp blade” to at least cut A series of map segments that are immediately collected by the painting team “like Rodrigo,” says Eddy, referring to his Portuguese colleague.

The day continues with the manufacture of a globe, in which glue is applied to the surface of a sphere and the longitudinal segment of the map has to be dipped in water for a few seconds. “We stretch it out by hand and move it until it’s in place. Paper is not meant to be treated that way. Therefore, every craftsman needs at least six months of training and learning in this art before he can start making real globes. And over the years we have learned from each globe what is always unique. “

Rodrigo and Eddy Bellerby & Co Globemakers

As the globes swing in the work area, Eddy returns to receive in his hands a globe that he had already begun and has since been painted by one of the painters who is now “with the land, the sea and other illustrations” in the style of the Globus and using “special customer orders” to make sure everything is perfect before placing the north and south poles, which are cut and placed using the same method as the map segments. After the bars have been properly painted and overhauled, Eddy needs to apply a coat of acrylic to protect the surface of the globe. “And for the first time the globe rotates on its wooden or metal base made by other artisans.”

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