Snowy Mountain - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Silver 950 & Sapphire

Fatma Tuna Gürlek
Atelye Megaron
Ankara, Turkey

Having started with project design, the architecture adventure continued with preparing airport and harbour projects and controls. Shaped throughout her architecture career the reflections of her inner world appeared as jewelry lines starting from the year 2002. Tracing Anatolian cultures, she started modelling “jewelry designs” which have been distilled over thousand years of Anatolian civilization ; she carried their depth and tecnical subtleties into the details of her work. In her jewelery designs. She menaged to perform a long established yet miraculous synergy between semi-precious stones and silver. Her jewelery designs have been awarded by being exhibited at the DSIM 4th Handycrafts & Gifts Fair. She has exhibited her jewelleries at the Ankara Chamber of Architecs, Bilkent University, Contemporary Arts Centre, METU amlik Sitesi Gallery and Turco-British Association. Many private collectors possess her jewelery desgns. The artists creates de signs using silver and she gives life to jewelleries,inspired by Anatolian culture and history as well as architecture,and succeeds in going beyond the limits of ceramics and jewellery. In the year of 2010 Atelyemegaron which is a jewelry and ceramics sculpture workshop has founded by the artist. The artist also has been classified as an elite designer by Ministry of Culture & Tourism.

Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.

Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.

The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.

The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands

Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.