An Autodidact Freedom Searcher – Gorky

For the last couple of years, whenever I gazed over the shelves of the bookcase, this book attracted my attention. Finally I had a chance to read it: True Stories by Maxim Gorky.

Some books are fun and easy to read, while some give a different kind of literary satisfaction. Gorky’s stories are not difficult to read, but they also have that sweet taste of literature. It has been a long time since I read such a literary work and it felt good.

I just finished the book and I wanted to write a post about it. Characters are described quite well, I felt like I already know these people who lived more than a century ago. Some of the stories tell folk stories, some have epic sounds, but all have realistic approach to character descriptions, and they all tell the search for freedom. Many parts have long philosophical parts about freedom, meaning of life, and change in life styles as people move towards cities.

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In this image, two grass-heads accompany the book, True Stories by Maxim Gorky.

One of the parts that loved about this book is the beautiful imagery! Many of the stories have impressive descriptions of sea, wind and the appearance of the characters.

I also made a quick research about Gorky. According Henri Troyat, Gorky, who grew up in poverty and tried to educate himself in absence of formal education, is a total autodidact, a self-learner. Freedom is the main theme in most of his works and maybe that’s why Troyat describes him as a utopian. The stories give insight to the politics of late 19th century, and the lives of working class men. 

I read this book in Turkish, so now I want to see how other languages treat the imageries and other literary tools. I wish I could read all the books in their original languages, because translation is an art itself and some things change when translating.

I just finished the book and now I will make Oyku start reading this book so that we can discuss!

Love,

Ovgu

Tears of Love

The title sounds lame but wait until you read this post.

A few weeks ago we went to a florist.  The owner has turned his large backyard of his little house to a plant storage, almost a plant-house and now he cultivates seedlings of citrus, jasmine and bougainvilleas. He also sells pots of flowers, mostly to be planted, and a very small collection of succulents. Oyku and I love succulents and when we went near them we saw a different looking plant. We had seen that plant for the first time in our lives and before we could ask about it the owner told the name: ‘Tears of Love’. It seemed as if this was one of his favorites. He explained that the plant doesn’t have flowers, but when a little bud drops on the soil, a new plant grows from there. 


We think this plant is a succulent or a type of cactus (forgive our lack of knowledge about succulents and cacti; we may not know much, but we are admirers) and propogation is possible with the small buds. We wonder who named this type of succulent with such a romantic/emotional name. We did not get this plant, but it we wish we did! 


This plant seemed very interesting to us, so we wanted to post it on our blog. It is beautiful and different. Besides, anything with a story is more beautiful.


P.S.: We were so excited to learn more about the plants and asked the names of them. The florist answered to most of our questions, but hesitated at some. He then said, “There are so many plants, it is hard to know and remember all of their names. So I don’t know some of them, and we make up names for some.” Who knows, maybe “Eye Drop of Love” is a name that is made up. You can comment below if you know about it!

Love,

Ovgu and Oyku

Design is in love with emotions

Design is a good friend of technology. Computer brings them together and we see their collaboration in various forms, like web-design, architecture, fashion, visuals… However, design is in love with emotions; therefore, trends rise from the human effects like passion, love, envy, inadequacy and longing.

That is why there are two ends of development for design. As we move to a modern and space-like design trends with the help of technology, we also move towards the ethnic and rarest bits of culture that make us feel unique and safe, in a way. We want oriental elements with modern details.

These photos are from Elmaci Pazari in Gaziantep, Turkey. Since we were born in there, we always found the ethnic elements as the typical details of life. However, as we traveled outside this city for our education, first to Istanbul then to the US, we started to grasp the meaning of culture, and the depth of past. We realized that some cultural details that belonged to our past had nothing to do with other people’s life. Yet, these ethnic forms and utilities somehow show themselves in daily lives of these people who had never been to Elmaci Pazari in Gaziantep, because culture does not have an exclusive identity and no boundaries when it is a part of a design. Because, design longs for a concept and the best forms can be found in the roots. And of course, because design is in love with emotions. 

The concept of future somehow manages to encapsulate the past and now. Design offers opportunities to bring different cultures and when we let design to love emotions, collaboration can be the future of design.

Love,

Ovgu and Oyku


Note: This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader

On the Birthday of a Turkish Poet, Özdemir Asaf

Today is the birthday of Özdemir Asaf, who passed away 36 years ago and still remembered dearly by Turkish literature fans.

We got quite interested in literature when we were in high school, and Özdemir Asaf was one of the poets who taught us how deep and sophisticated Turkish language can be. Even his shortest poems are enough to make us think.

We wanted to remember him on his birthday.

He has a lot of poems and it is hard to pick the favorite ones, but to give an idea we wanted to write the names of his poems that we love.

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Best Moments of Art | Ramdomness of Street Music

Playing on a street and interacting with the people around; one of the most beautiful moments of art…

I used to watch this video when I was in high school. I was a big fan of Yann Tiersen back then (I still am a fan) and I enjoyed listening to his musical pieces as I wrote. I also listened to him while reading, sometimes as a soundtrack.

I know almost all of Tiersen’s pieces, but this video above is one of my favorites. Warm lights on a beautiful random street, before it is dark, peaceful music and happy people…

Let the world be this beautiful…

Love,

Ovgu

Making of Lion King, Julie Taymor and more – Aslan Kral Perde Arkası, Julie Taymor ve dahası

A few years ago, when I was an intern at Walt Disney Turkey I have read a book about the making of Lion King Musical. At the time I haven’t seen the musical, but I had heard a lot about the creative costumes and the design. The book introduced me to Julie Taymor, the director and the designer of the Lion King musical. Taymor’s acclaimed design and the puppet-costumes brought her many Tony Awards and also admiration of Broadway-lovers.

We saw the Lion King musical last spring as an Honors Forum trip at Skidmore College. It was amazing!

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New Year Resolutions 2 – Yeni Yıl Kararları 2

Last year Ovgu wrote New Year’s resolution blogpost so I wanted to write mine this year. These small resolutions help us to bring new beginnings to our lives and we discover what we can do more.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is exercising more (as if I am exercising at all now). I am not going to go far though, just exercising in a somewhat systematic way. To be honest I really want to try pilates when I look at the celebrity instagram posts about pilates, but pilates is not among my 2017 resolutions this year. I am thinking Continue reading

First Year Anniversary – 1. Yıl Dönümü

A couple of days ago our blog had its first anniversary! We wanted to share what motivates and inspires us to continue writing for this blog. Here are the highlights of our blog for the past year:

  • Communicating our love of Life with Louie cartoon, and connecting with its creator Louie Anderson. He liked our post and followed us on Twitter! We love the power of writing and communication. If someone told this to us when we were little twins watching Life with Louie, we would go crazy – we still did. (You can read that post here.)

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Journals of Inspiration 

Collection of inspirations – it can be a sketchbook for an artist, a recorder for a songwriter, or a journal for a writer – matters a lot when the times comes to creativity.

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Listening To Music While Writing

I write I write I write…

This was how I start writing if I do not feel like writing at the moment. My Playwriting Professor taught the technique, telling that if you start writing, anything, the rest will come. I agree that in order to write, you need to start writing. Maybe it is not that simple, but the first step brings the rest.

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