Istanbul Modern Platform for Crafts, Art and Design

Istanbul Modern has launched a new project bringing together Istanbul’s fading crafts with art and contemporary design: The Istanbul Modern Platform for Crafts, Art and Design. Carried out within the scope of the “The Istanbul Development Agency 2015 Developing Creative Industry Financial Support Program”, the platform has combined imagination with manual skills.

Leading the way in the development of creative industries in Turkey, Istanbul Modern has united, through this project, the city’s long-established but fading craft traditions with their interpretation in contemporary design and art. In the Istanbul Modern Platform for Crafts, Art and Design, traditional production techniques using copper, wood, glass, bone, and nacre were reinterpreted and transformed into design objects. Five artists/designers and four artisans took part in the project. Initiated on September 1, 2015, the project provided artists, designers, and craftspeople the opportunity to draw on one another’s experience and knowledge while collaborating and creating works together. The resulting products will be featured in the Istanbul Modern Store from May 3, 2016 until the end of the year.

Apart from workshops for university students and panels held within the scope of the project, we have also prepared a comprehensive digital publication titled “From Crafts to Design.” The publication features texts focusing on the relationship between crafts-based production and design, general information about the materials used, as well as conversations with artists and designers on their experiences, and interviews and videos of craftspeople. The publication is available online and can be accessed via the links below.

Artists and Designers: Atilla Kuzu, Hatice Gökçe, Adnan Serbest, Ekrem Yalçındağ, Seyhun Topuz

Craftspeople: Fatma Ayran, Sezgin Yalçın, Gamze Araz Eskinazi, Battal Yakut

Click for the digital publication “From Crafts to Design.”