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 sale.  Umut staffed our table where we were selling our own artworks as well as the work the ÇATOM.  It was a great opportunity to share this project with many more people.

In addition to the sale at The Glass Furnace, Umut and I will be hosting a Studio Sale at our Istanbul apartment this coming weekend.  We will have many of the new designs from the ÇATOM in addition to our newest work.  It will be interesting to see what work people are interested in and any feedback we receive about the project overall.

 

As a surprise for Umut, I commissioned a current University of North Texas fibers graduate student, Joy Ude, to sew a felt throw-pillow of Shahmaran.  Joy creates a wide range of work, from her one-of-a-kind artworks to fun and playful production pieces.  Of course, Umut was very surprised and excited.  We have thoughts that this pillow could be a production prototype for the ÇATOM but, anticipating this, Joy has some modifications that she is thinking of doing to streamline the production of it.  At least for now, it’s a great addition to our Istanbul apartment!

 

Partly inspired by all the fiber-based work of the ÇATOM, Umut has been doing a lot of felting recently.  She has been prototyping and designing a variety of new designs incorporating felt, both for her own work and for the ÇATOM.  We just sent another box of materials to Mardin today.  Before we know it, the big ÇATOM sale in Istanbul will be here with lots of our new designs!

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The pillow is great. So child-like but beautifully made. 

Yes, we think Joy did a great job keeping the original feel of the traditional drawing while translating it into a fabric form!

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