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

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

En Son Videomuzun Perde Arkası

Meyveleri ağaçlarında görmek artık pek mümkün değil. Ne güzel eskiden evlerin bahçelerinde kiraz ağaçları, elma ağaçları olurmuş. Şimdi apartmanların arasında saklanmış bir kayısı ağacı gördüğümüzde seviniyoruz. Biz de fırsatını bulunca doğada bir gezintiye çıktık ve Antep fıstığı, zeytin, ceviz ve erikleri dalında gördük.

En son paylaştığımız videoda bu gezimize yer verdik. Ağaçların etrafında dolandık, hatta bir tanesine ikimiz de tırmandık. Gerçi inmek konusunda pek becerikli değildik! Halbuki alçak ağaçlardı, ama pratiğimiz yok.

Ziyaret ettiğimiz ağaçlar arasında zeytin, fıstık, erik, ceviz ve asma vardı. Bu meyvelerin henüz olgunlaşmamış hallerini gördük, tabii bir de kuşlar tarafından gagalanmış erikleri!

Düzeltmek istediğimiz bir konu var. Video başında çağla ağacına da gittiğimizi söylüyoruz, ama sonra kamerada o görüntüleri bulamadığımız için videoya koyamadık. Bu arada, çağla büyünce badem, erik veya kayısı oluyormuş. Bizim ziyaret ettiğimiz ağaç hangisiydi bilemedik.

Bir de videoda fıstık sakızından bahsettik. O esnada ne işe yaradığını bilmiyorduk, sonra kısaca araştırdık. Mideye iyi gelirmiş, iltihap için ve çeşitli merhem yapımlarında kullanılabilirmiş. Bunları da yeni öğrenmiş olduk.

Umarız izlerken siz de bizim çekerken eğlendiğimiz gibi eğlenirsiniz!

Sevgiler,

Övgü ve Öykü

Fıstıktan Yapılan Kahve: Menengiç Kahvesi – Coffee Made With Pistachios: Menengic Coffee

Hiç fıstıktan kahve olur mu?

Olur. Menengiç kahvesi yabani fıstıktan yapılıyormuş ve doğal olarak kafein içermiyor. Tadı pek kahveye benzemiyor. Adına aldanıp kahve diye içince garip bile gelebilir ama aslında kendine has yağlı ama güzel bir tadı var.

Gaziantep’te doğal olarak (fıstığın merkezi olduğundan) birçok yerde, lokantalarda kafelerde bulunuyor ama İstanbul’da karşılaştığımı hatırlamıyorum. Eğer karşınıza çıkarsa denemelisiniz. Özellikle sütlü ve şekerli harika oluyor.

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Türk kahvesi gibi görünüyor ama aslında sütlü ve tadı farklı – Looks like Turkish Coffee but this tastes different and has milk in it. Photo from: http://yemek.com/elazig-yemekleri/#.WLM0Z3g-B-U

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Change Places to Change Prespectives

Every traveller knows that every place you visit has something special for you, because one view tells a different story for every different traveller. Öykü and I have travelled a lot, after we have started high school away from our hometown. Actually ‘changing places’ is a better way of describing our life. Then, a new phase has begun
for us – comparison. We could see what others didn’t see in Istanbul. We loved little details that most people took granted for.

When we came to the US we compared our new life to where we have lived before and what we have seen. By the word ‘comparison’, I don’t mean a superficial way of looking at two different places and finding differences and similarities between them. What I mean is Continue reading