I am a mixed media fiber artist. I was born in the Black Sea area of Turkey. My formative education was followed by an intensive arts program in Istanbul, focusing on technique and design along with accounting. My cultural and folk art contribution draws from the deep Anatolian culture and traditions. My greatest passion is the Anatolian Lace art of “Oya”, which is a centuries old technique of hand-made lace. This classical Anatolian lace art, “Oya”, has been adorning domestic objects with delicate artistry for centuries. The skills required to master this art have been passed down from generation to generation. My work is built up from knitting needles, tiny crochet hooks, shuttles, hairpins, and the fine threads which create the myriad loops unique to lace making. The result is a beautiful collection celebrating this unique fusion which has culminated in my own business, the Anatolia Art and Craft Studio. I have been successful in sharing these Anatolian women’s art skills to a wider American audience, making that cultural experience available and at the same time, allowing me to do what I love.
My artistic mission is to carry the thread of traditional folk art through the eye of the needle and to create loops large enough to embrace women globally.