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While Umut has been visiting Mardin and working with other interested parties in Turkey, I’ve been working on having some new materials printed related to the project. Even in this digital age (or maybe because of it…), printed materials just seem to make an idea real. As we prepare to sell the current and new designs of the Ömerli-ÇATOM, we thought it would be a good idea to have a small card to enclose with the pieces sold. The small business card would briefly explain in English what a ÇATOM is and direct people to the TurkCraft.org website for more information.
Since some of the new designs will be incorporating Thurmanite®, Umut translated my current Thurmanite® information card into Turkish so we can enclose it with any pieces that include Thurmanite® sold in Turkey.
It’s become a tradition of mine to mail a card to my friends and colleagues at the end of every year, usually accompanied by a small copper ornament. This year, we decided to dedicate the card to the
ÇATOM Project. Since many of the new designs incorporate the folk art image of Shahmaran, the card includes a new collage version of Shahmaran made by Umut, along with a short explanation. The copper ornament will be die-pressed and attached to the card as if it were the pendant of Shahmaran’s necklace. I haven’t finished the die yet but I thought I would give everyone a sneak peek. The finished copper piece will be a radial design inspired by the stone work found in the Mardin area.
This coming weekend, Umut will be hosting a Studio Sale in Istanbul. We will have ÇATOM works for sale along with pieces of our own. It will be interesting to see what people think of all the new work. We will certainly share any relevant observations and comments. If you happen to be in Istanbul, please come by and do some early holiday shopping!