Cordial invitation to members of Ebru world in Turkey
- Life is full of coincidences
and related surprises.
Though I tried in vain to reach this web site www.turklider.org
upon dear Ingrid's recent mention ,
I tried to google reach it -
I was able to reach the site
but not Ayla Makas' exhibition section
due to internet security settings
(either of my internet services/or the site's)
The 1st coincidence is the founder of this site
Mr.Bulent Senver is a graduate of the
famous/ancient orphan school est.1873
and had been very successful
in Turkish-American Economical relations
over the years.
The 2nd coincidence is that Ms.Ayla Makas
her presence and friendship I owe and inherited from
a well known personality Mr.Hikmet Barutcugil
and at one time in my life
I had given courses in Istanbul on stained glass
at the same culture centre (where is still sharing her knowledge)
Cafer Aga Medresesi located to St.Sophia
in SultanAhmet region of Istanbul.
The 3rd coincidence is ;
if it was not for our esteemed friends who set this group on the yahoo
and established the Marbling Society in USA,
despite the fact that I live in Istanbul ,
I would not have heard of her success in the marbling world.
(this could be an insult to injury,
as I have claims to be a sensitive and emotional person,
if not at times sensible !)
The 4th coincidence is that
although I am not really a marbler
over the years I have grown to love and respect friends who are
and secretly dedicated myself within my limits
to help promote this art and at times craft
for the sake of wonderful spirits involved in this
and at the back of my mind
being from Central Asia
may be spreading it over there where this tradition has disappeared
although the Turkish claim is still
that is rooted there.
Thanks to participating friends and greatly to esteemed Tom Leech,
we were able to organize the 1st Marbling Art exhibition in China
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region,
and those works are today a part of
Xinjiang Antiquities Museum,
and FINALLY I was instrumental in teaching some teachers
from Xinjiang Fine Arts Academy to learn Ebru
and be able to revive a disappearing tradition
after many a centuries absence...
Hikmet Barutcugil himself admitted that I am the Godfather (in terms of name giving)
of EBRISTAN (I had actually coined up ARTISTANBUL which was created
because my glass sponsor Schott Glass germany was giving me their new fusible glass
which was titled ARTISTA. I thought land of ARTISTA would be ARTISTAn,
and since I was doing my research and developement in traditional Turkish Glass arts in Istanbul,
thus came ARTISTAnBUL : land of Artista in fusion in Istanbul)
Might also add that I coined MARBLASIA for my Central Asian marbling research/promotion ventures
which I coined locally as EBRASYA
and EBRUPA as I lived on European side of Istanbul
MARBLEOUS had followed though some others may claim for its invention,
but internet search motors are there for checking its 1st appearance on the net)
To honour Christopher Weimann and secure my spiritual ties to Ingrid,
I also fused one Chris flower for her.
I also had the honour and pleasure of collaborating with esteemed Ms.Nelle Tresselt
who is a well known marbling collage artist.
together we came up with ENCAPSULATED MARBLED CALLIGRAPHY IN HANDMADE KHOTANESE PAPER
which is technically speaking news for many of you,
but was exhibited in the USA many times
and lastly in Yildiz Palace in Istanbul.
Paperpulp marbling has been done in the USA,
but not introduced nor further developed here in Turkey.
Actually being a papermaker among many other things
I believe Tom Leech should be the pioneer in this
considerably new venue.
THE STATE OF EBRU ART IN TURKEY
1.why is there not a national Ebru society in Turkey ? (Friends in USA had set the example long time ago)
2.why is there not a mutual/national Turkish Ebru web site?
3.why is there not an Ebru Bulletin ?
either on the net or better yet published quarterly/even once a year.
4.where is the Ebru love and emotion
5.when shall we surrender ?
6.look what they have to my soul mom !
in Istanbul : EGOIST
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