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JUL

Q&A WITH HERA BÜYÜKTAŞÇIYAN

POSTED IN: '74 GAZETTE

When are you happiest?

When Im in my studio, in my own World..playing and exploring. When i  watch Bollywood films and when I explore places that speaks to my heart.

What motivates you?

Long walks after a storm of negativities or challenging situation . Also I feel so much motivated by meeting, witnessing, exploring people who teach me how to see things differently through their vision and creative energy.

Which city or cities are centers of creativity and inspiration for you?

Athens, Istanbul, Stockholm

What’s on repeat on your playlist?

 Karsh Kale’s ‘Milan’ and  ‘Epic’and my Bhangra playlist  

For you, what does Istanbul stand for?

Istanbul is my inner voice and companion that I cannot replace this relation with any human.

What’s your current source of inspiration?

Byzantine mosaics

Your most memorable journey?

I have many but I guess it was Jerusalem when I traveled there for Jerusalem Show VII

Your favorite place to visit to get ideas ?

Hagia Sophia

Your most cherished possession?

My books

Who or what inspired you to become a designer/artist? 

I had many people in my life who has inspired and supported me. But first of all being an artist was my childhood dream on the first place. My inspirations at childhood was Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci J but in real it was my mother who wanted to be an artist but circumstances in life turned out in a way that she had to choose another path. As being ones who had both inspired and gave their valuable support; i can also mention Didem Özbek, Osman Bozkurt, Abaseh Mirvali and many many others that the list can go on .  

Current favorite artist(s)?

Mark Manders, Rosella Biscotti, Kader Attia, Jumana Manna, Shilpa Gupta, Haig Aivazian

Key moment in your life?

First time I went to Greece, when I discovered the other half of myself.

Favorite recent discovery?  

That I can write .

Favorite designer(s) of all times?

Marcel Breuer , Antoni Gaudi

Can you give us your own definition of creativity? 

Creativity is a tool that gives a clue about someones vision towards life which opens up new paths and  alternative languages to translate and manifest certain aspects of life. It is a language that enables forgotten elements reveal itself in such a way that it wont be forgotten again.

How will you be remembered?

Thats hard to tell, as I dont know how people think about me.. but maybe as someone who lives in her own parallel world and as the ultimate islander.

What is the trait you most deplore about yourself?

That me being quick tempered. And not being able to learn how to be carefree ( instead I think and analyze too much over things in life)

If you had to be a Typeface which one would you be and why?

Courier !!  just because I am one of those who is in love with typewriters and like the aesthetics of its own classical typeface which reminds me of ‘yesterday’ or ‘ the day before’.

What do you do when you’re stuck during a creative process?

I go for long walks, try to see the flow of my thoughts whilst being on the move. I stand infront of my library for hours – checking books randomly, or the ones that i feel thathave relation to what im looking for. I try to look back to my older works as an effort to remind myself what i did, what was my begining point, where am i now. I visit places that relaxes my mind and reminds me that everything has its own time as well as places which nurtures me such as museums. And apart from all, meanwhile any type of procrasitnation helps alot to get through the tension of being stuck to a point.

What’s the first thing you think about when you wake up in the mornings?

If I will be able to catch the boat (as im living on the island it’s a part of my daily routine) or should I give more time for myself to relax . And I often ask myself if  yesterday was a dream.

What do you look for in a designer?  

What do you look for in the visual arts? Things that catch certain momentums that speaks for all minds and hearts

Advice in one word ?

"Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place."