I AM VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE SUCH INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE AROUND ME.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO INSPIRE ME WITH THEIR PASSIONATE,
VISIONARY AND HUMANISTIC WAYS OF LOOKING AT LIFE,
DEEP SENSE OF AESTHETICS, AND SPECIAL WAYS OF DOING THINGS.
THEY EACH HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART AND LIFE.
I AM FASCINATED BY THEM, I LOOK UP TO THEM.
WITH THESE SERIES OF CANDID INTERVIEWS,
I AM HAPPY TO SHARE MY CLOSEST AND DEAREST CIRCLE WITH YOU.
You are a multi talented artist who can apply her vision and sense of aesthetics to various platforms, from brand consultancy to creating soulful spaces , from culinary arts to creating timeless fashion collections.
How would you describe your aesthetic vision ?
Thank you. For me every thing always starts with a feeling. I search for the beauty in things. Simple yet powerful forms, contrasts.
And in every project arriving to this powerful yet very natural state, it takes a lot of work, observation, research, and reading. This grows me each time, and I love the whole process to be in it, and when the ideas flow and you just can’t stop…
What does the product / Project become after wards?
Your heart skipped a beat? I aim for that…
What drives you as an artist?
An open heart, hope, freedom Being in love. People. Different characters, places, feelings, beauty.
What is beauty to you?
Beauty is a physical sensation, something you feel with your whole body, can’t explain it though, can you feel it?
What is the most beautiful thing you can do to someone?
To touch, either to the body or the heart.
How about your dreams?
I live in this world that I don’t even know whether it is a dream or not, what if I wake up... at the end nothing really matters...I dream everyday, everyday I'm in a dream…
What excites you the most?
In terms of art, photography and sculpture.
What is it that you appreciate most in a man?
Capability, courage, good taste, an open heart, discipline.
What is it that you appreciate most in a woman?
Finesse, hard work, creativity, authenticity.
Preferred mode of communication
Eyes, hands and maybe some words… I am not into phone calls.
Physically-Yoga, meditation and sports. Mentally-In self, in peace, in love.
Favorite yoga pose?
I never make plans.
What is it that you do not appreciate in a man or woman?
Big Egos. Ego will make you lose each and everytime. Those who spend their time and energy talking about other people's lives, that really pulls me back. And why pretend you know, that's something I don't get, be who you are, act like who you are, that’s very simple…
Your current project?
Naya Sudio Istanbul. My favorite project in terms of freedom and creativity I can put in. It is a truly a brilliant project, the very first in Istanbul, a space in a space. Visionary in its essence. I wake up thinking about that space everyday.
Your dream project
Something with you.
What does it take to be a creative director?
Experience, research, hard work, creativity, and art/design background would also help.
Your art/design background?
BFA in Parsons School of Design..2 years Fine Arts in Parsons Paris, a long with Buddhism. And fashion design in Parsons New York for another 3 years.
For new brands, or already established ones, what would you suggest? Any rules for success?
Take risks, stand for what you believe in, focus and work hard, do not follow rules, do not copy, do not compare yourself and your work to others’, stay curious and always listen to your heart.
Marina Abramovic Writings 1960-2014 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-gita.
A few lines...that makes your heart smile?
Why not sleep in a flower, eyes in hands? Innocence, by Francis Picabia.