November 5, 2010 § 10 Comments
I went a little crazy with yesterday’s corn kernel and pasta craft. I had forgotten just how much fun it was to do those things. An idea occurred to me that, over time, I should do a series of crafts based on childhood art techniques. But I was so inspired, I couldn’t wait for the next time. My enthusiasm caught me going wild with another bean art project before the day ended yesterday. Before I show you the product of that adventure, I want to first show where the inspiration and adventure originated: Istanbul.
I had the privilege of visiting Istanbul with O.T. in August. I had gotten adequately acquainted with Turkish culture long before planning the trip. O.T. has schooled me on Turkey’s rich history, splendid sights, tempting culinary fare, and exotic language . Even with all that homework, I was wide-eyed in awe as I witnessed it all firsthand. What took me most by surprise were the İznik tiles. I had previously read about them in preparation for my trip, but reading books can no way allow one to gauge the opulence and scale of these decorative works of art. They are lavish! There are buildings covered in every inch with these tiles, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling. I was so awestruck, I wanted to take pictures in front of every İznik tile pattern I crossed (to O.T.’s dismay who had gotten tired of taking pictures of me and tiles). Here’s only a few of what I had seen at Topkapı Palace. Now if you can imagine these tiles being multiplied a thousand fold, pattern after pattern, everywhere you look. If these beauties do not inspire, I don’t know what would!