The Justified Sinner's Blog – April 2013 Archive (7)

End Of An Era

Waa!

My wonderful, indispensible, reliable, cheerful, friendly, unflappable workshop technician, Fiona, is leaving on Thursday. She's found a better-paid job with more promotional prospects and she'll be superb. The students will all miss her and they arranged a lunch for her today, which was great fun.…





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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 23, 2013 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Back To Normality

The crazy Easter Holiday is over, back from Istanbul, Brighton and the Bowie exhibition at the V&A - quite wonderful, well worth seeing if you are a Bowie fan, probably best avoided if you are not - and back into the workshop. I've been there for a week now, but it has been so hectic that it feels like I've never been away.



My first morning back, I had agreed to help the Physical Education department to train their new personal trainers, so I was sweating buckets on a…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 22, 2013 at 1:05pm — 4 Comments

Istanbul Friday: Exploring the Hans



Galata Tower



Friday morning, I set off early to cross the Bosphorous and set foot in the Asian continent, the "Asian side" of Istanbul. The weather was clear and warm, by far the nicest of the week, and I boarded the ferry to…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 12, 2013 at 6:17am — 9 Comments

Istanbul: Topkrapi Palace

Thursday and the second day I had to be a tourist in the city, I headed off to Topkapi Palace, a place which has held much fascination for me since Dingo introduced me to the 1960s caper movie, "Topkapi", a favourite fun film for both of us. Naturally, as a jeweller, I wanted to see the famous treasury and, as a metalsmith, the armoury.

I can't say that I was disappointed in the objects on display, but I can say that it was one…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 11, 2013 at 9:56am — No Comments

Istanbul - Tourist At Last!

Wednesday, I had the chance to relax a bit and be a tourist in the city, heading off first thing to see the amazing Hagia Sophia, the wonderful Orthodox church, turned mosque, turned museum.…





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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 9, 2013 at 12:27pm — 4 Comments

Istanbul Tuesday

Time for my teaching session, held in Hraç Arslanyan's "Mahrec Art House" workshops.



Iron Jewellery Workshop - 7



Hraç Arslanyan is an amazing jeweller, working with…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 8, 2013 at 2:13pm — 2 Comments

Merhaba, Istanbul



Sunday Night



Just returned from my five days in Istanbul where my first solo show was held in the Ayse Taki Galerisi as a result of the kindness and generosity of both the gallery owner, Ayse, and my friend and colleague Umut Demirguc Thurman who worked incredibly hard to make the show a phenomenal…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on April 7, 2013 at 1:06pm — 5 Comments

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