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The day of the elephants in Ibrahimpaşa

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Our friends, artists Sonja van Kerkhoff and Sen McGlinn came and visited us in IIbrahimpaşa for a couple of days. We met Sonja and Sen In Istanbul at ISEA2011. Sonja and I met… Continue reading

Kilim symbology

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The Turkish carpets (kilims) provide a rich source of symbolism into the life of the region as well as personal information about the woman (men do not make these carpets) who made the… Continue reading

Memories of Istanbul

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Today, we had a quiet day in the cave doing some computer based work.  Marty has been reacquainting himself with Freehand and I played with Flash to create this collage of sounds and… Continue reading

The beauty of light in Turkey

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When recently doing some research into  Turkish tulip designs,  I came across a blog by Aaminah Shakur who is a poet, artist and writer. Some of her work is inspired by the art of… Continue reading

Mehmet Ali’s Wunderkammer

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Yesterday, our host Willemijn introduced us to Mehmet Ali – a local artist and antique trader. He has the most wonderful collection of old maps, bric a brac, kilims and furniture. I find his… Continue reading

First steps for Cultural Strangers

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Today we started to set up a studio space in a cave next to the Babayan Culture House. This is where we will construct an installation piece that we can move from location… Continue reading

Rumi’s poetry

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I am finding many of Rumi’s poems very powerful and meaningful, both as life lessons and in the context of spirituality. Here is a few more I discovered today. The first one seems… Continue reading

Ibrahimpaşa – the village off the Google Map

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We arrived at Ibrahimpaşa last night, the place where we will be doing our residency for the next month at the Babayan Culture House.   One of the things that I think is… Continue reading

Rumi and Sufism

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In an earlier post we explored briefly the Mawlawi Order and Women and Sufism. We were very pleased that our humble posts have been listed as references on another blog (Earth Pages) by… Continue reading

Istanbul and ISEA2011 – physical and virtual access

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One of the biggest challenges we have experienced in Istanbul is actually working out where we are on the map. It is relatively easy to identity significant sites like the Hagia Sofia, The… Continue reading