Ylvia Asal was born in Turkey. She believes she was actually born an artist. W!ith this in her heart, she focused her entire education and life experience on honing that aspect of her life. Her formative education, at the Girl’s Technical and Vocational High School, was followed by an intensive arts program in Istanbul, focusing on technique and design, along with accounting [she believes math is a form of art as well]. From 1998 until 2003, Ylvia had her own business in Turkey.
As a multi-media artist, Ylvia works with a wide array of mediums: sculpture from clay and wax, painting, and textile art such as working with fabric and yarn. Ylvia also gives new insights to nature, people and shapes in her photography. Her studio is always filled with music she loves, and you will discover that she is a singer, dancer and musician as well. Her greatest passion is ‘making lace’, which is a centuries old technique of creating handcrafted lace. The skills required to master this art have been handed down from generation to generation.
A decade ago she began creating one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art in this age old tradition. She has modernized the look, but stayed true to the techniques she perfected on her own. The result is a beautiful collection celebrating this unique fusion.
Her life in the United States took her to Business Accounting school in Philadelphia, from which she graduated in 2008. She opened her art business as Anatolia Art and Crafts Studio in 2012 in Ventnor City, New Jersey. She relocated her store to The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University in Atlantic City, NJ. In November of 2014 she exhibited for ArtprideNJ at the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference in the Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ. She designed storefront windows in Atlantic City, NJ as part of the Atlantic City Main Street Program. She taught lace classes for one year at the Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA), as well as knitting and crochet classes at The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University and crochet and belly dance at the Ventnor City Cultural Arts Center.
In 2015, Ylvia received the New Beginnings Awards from the State of New Jersey as well as an award for Outstanding Achievement honoring her for her art business.
In 2016, Ylvia participated in two entrepreneurship conferences in Turkey, where she gave a series of presentations on her own journey in the art world, and the business of art. She enjoys sharing her experiences in creativity with audiences in order to inspire other artists and entrepreneurs.
In 2018, Ylvia has been involved in many exciting new projects. She was honored to be chosen as a NJ Council for the Arts Fellow and as one of 20 South Jersey artists to participate in the Creative Capital program. She was invited to participate in the Tastefully South Jersey exhibit at the Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, NJ where she demonstrated different aspect of Turkish culture as part of this multicultural
program. She is currently teaching summer workshops at Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown, NJ as well as at Lyceum Hall Center forthe Arts in Burlington, NJ: Belly Dancing, Lace Making, Embroidery and the Art of Turkish Food. Ylvia is looking forward to continuing to teachthese classes in the Fall.
Ylvia is always looking for new opportunities to share her ideas and her love of the arts by exhibiting, teaching, participating in and partnering with other artists, communities and cultural organizations.