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It is thrilling to be involved in a project like this where lives are being significantly improved through craft. We hope that you see the value and potential of this project like we do!
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There has been a pause in our blogging on the Women’s Cooperative but we are happy to report that the women in Mardin are doing well: They are currently preparing work for the big sale in Istanbul coming up in the next month that we wrote about earlier. We are happy with the progress this project has made over the course of the…Continue
As you may remember, we talked about women's life in Mardin before and did some interviews with ÇATOM teachers. Here is the rest of the interview we did with them:MÜJDE KAYA (The crochet teacher):1. How did you become involved in the ÇATOM?I went to ÇATOM for five years as a student. Then, I was excited about the idea of teaching…Continue
As we all know, James created a material called “Thurmanite”, layered paper and resin, and recently got a trademark for it. It is possible to create wonderful jewelry with it because it is light, colorful, and playful. Working with Thurmanite is easy and fun. It can be cut with jeweler’s saw blade, can be shaped with files, and can even…Continue
Happy Holidays from Istanbul! This past weekend, Umut and I hosted a very successful two day Studio Sale at our apartment/studio. Not only did many friends and family come to do a little holiday shopping, we met several new people that are either from Mardin (the town where the ÇATOM is) or are working on other projects there. We hope that new aspects related to our work with the ÇATOM will evolve from these connections.…Continue
Merhaba from Turkey! Over the winter break, I will be here in Istanbul with Umut. As always, we have a lot that we want to do while we are together for next few weeks. For this Blog, we will focus on news related to our work with the ÇATOM. On Sunday, 16 December, while I was teaching the second day of my workshop at The Glass Furnace, http://www.camocagi.org/en/, the school was also hosting a Open House that included a holiday…Continue
This week, we wanted to continue investigate the women's life in Mardin. So, James and I prepared some questions and asked to the ÇATOM teachers. Every week, we will talk about one teacher's responds, here is Hülya Akgül, who is the coordinator and teacher of Ömerli - ÇATOM:1. How did you become involved in the ÇATOM?Working with ÇATOM was my dream because it had a very nice atmosphere; looks like home and cozy, so I thought working in a place like that would fit me well. I chose Ömerli…Continue