Turkish Blue

Worshippers at The Blue Mosque

Praying at The Blue Mosque

Tourist Madness at The Blue Mosque

Tourist Madness at The Blue Mosque

Ceiling in The Blue Mosque

Ceiling in The Blue Mosque

Tile Detail in The Blue Mosque

Tile Detail in The Blue Mosque

 

Turkish Tile Detail

Turkish Tile Detail

Turkish Tile Detail

Turkish Tile Detail

This time last year we were still in Turkey enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful Turkish people, cuisine and amazing architecture and arts. Above are some images of ‘The Blue Mosque’ we visited on our very last day in Turkey. It wasn’t even the height of the season and was still madness. The amount of tourists was insane. Inside, the Mosque it is divided so the those who go to pray there have one part and tourists the other. I don’t know how anyone can pray with a thousand tourists behind them, but they do. I almost felt rude being there. I always try and be respectful in places of religious significance but some tourists were disgraceful. If you go traveling try and remember that you are just a visitor and people actually live in the places where you visit.

That said, the tiles and mosaics were amazing, once you looked past all the cameras, ipads and phones talking photos, and all the tour guides trying to wrangle their groups. I’m still inspired by the colour and designs of everything I saw in Turkey.

One more thing…even if you are madly in love it’s not O.K to have a big  ‘pash’ session in the one of the most significant religious buildings of Islam. (That’s for the couple we saw)

Love and art (and respect)

Sarah-Jane

Turkish Tile Flashback

Well, this time last year I was in Greece and heading across to Turkey. Sigh… Unfortunately, no such trip is planned this year… Double sigh. I’m feeling the onset of Winter here at the moment and it doesn’t agree withe me! I need a therapeutic trip to somewhere hot in the middle of winter to look forward to. I am thinking about going to teach somewhere hot in the future but more on that later. For now I”m going to wow you  with images of beautiful ceramic tiles that we saw in Istanbul, Turkey that have continued to inspire me and my ceramic work ever since.

These images are from the Harem in the Topkapi Palace in  Istanbul. If you would like to know more about Topkapi Palace and the history of this amazing complex of buildings go to Turkey!! Failing that here is a link to Wikipedia which is somewhere for you to start.

For me the visual splendor of the place was overwhelming.

Istanbul Architecture

One of the Courtyards in the Topkapi Palace Harem

Tiled courtyard

This is the tiled walkway into the Harem

Turkish Tile designs

Tile close up

Turkish Tile design

Blue and White Tile Design

Ceramic Wall Tile

Turkish tiled wall in the Harem at Topkapi Palace

Ceramic tiled wall

Turkish tiled wall in the Harem

There are so many more amazing images from this Harem Palace. It was tiled from floor to ceiling on the walls, plus the floors and ceilings themselves were also tiled. Amazing. I hope you’re inspired.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

Art, Gardening and Thrifting Mega-Centre

Mosaic Sign

Ridley Grove Community Garden

Mosaic Tree

One of the many mosaics at Ridley Grove Community Garden

Ceramic Urn

Centrepiece in the Garden

Artist at work

Lyn designing her lino cut inspired by Australian Native Tree

Lino Print

Lyn’s Lino Print

 

Hello! Second post of the day!! I’ve been meaning to take some photos of the Ridley Grove Community Garden where I’ve been working on an arts project. The centre has a garden, church hall, art and craft activities and a thrift shop. Is this the ideal place to work or what??? We’ve been working on finishing off the printing phase of our project. I love this print by Lyn that was inspired by the Australia artist Margaret Preston and is based on an Australian Native flower. We mixed up a eucalyptus green colour and next session Lyn plans to add some red embroidery to the flowers. Finally, we will make these into pillows. Cant wait to see how they all turn out. It’s not often you can go to work and make and teach art, go thrift shopping and get given a huge bunch of organic silverbeet for dinner too. Yum! Spinach and fetta pie here we come!

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

Chora Dome

Chora Dome

One of the amazing mosaic domes in the Chora Church

Well I’ve been back from Istanbul for a week now and I’m still trying to adjust to life in Australia. It’s cold for starters and I’ve been enjoying warm weather in the European summer. Luckily my partner and I purchased lovely handwoven, organic cotton bathrobes from Jennifer’s Hammam shop (another post in the making just on this shop how it is keeping Turkish handicrafts alive) in Istanbul and had them sent home. They arrived a few days after we did and we have been living in them at all possible moments as they are so warm and delicious.

Art wise I have been trawling through all of my photos of religious artworks, monuments, mosques, amazing mosaics and exhibitions that I saw on my travels and reliving it all. I also purchased a number of books on the following subjects: Islamic art and tiles, Kilims, The New Acropolis Museum, Interiors of Greek houses, Islamic Geometric tile design and Mosaics. Each of these is at least one blog post so I imagine I well be doing blog postings for some time to come from this amazing trip.

For the moment, I have posted this picture of the Chora Church in Istanbul which has some of the most amazing and well kept Byzantine mosaics. Looking at this photo you would think it was a fresco painting, but in actual fact it is all mosaic. Tiny, tiny pieces of tile amassed and applied meticulously to create this fantastic dome at the top of the church. It’s really high up too, so it would have been a massive job. Just phenomenal. I hope you can get your heads around that! I’m still trying to and I saw it in real life. WOW!!
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane