24 Oct 2014, Friday
Meet Ara Guler , known as one of the best 7 photographers in the world, and as he likes to describe himself: a visual historian. Born in 1928, the Turkish-Armenian photojournalist, Guler, believed that photography should document the lives of people and capture the evolution of humanity and how cities transformed over time. His work documented far away lands, cities and the rich and famous such as Salvador Dali, Alfred Hitchcock and Dustin Hoffman among others. But he is most proud of capturing his beloved city, Istanbul. He showed us the children playing in mud, the whirling dervishes permorfing their dance, as well as fishermen going out into the sea. It was not the building or the historical sites, but humanity that he was interested in.
“When I’m taking a picture of Aya Sofia, what counts is the person passing by who stands for life”
I recently had a chance to meet him at my favourite seafood restaurant on the Bosphorus, and I wanted to introduce you to him as his work and philosophy is in line with Neri Karra – to make love visible.
23 Oct 2014, Thursday
Beyond the Visible and Known
When in Istanbul, I visited the Joan Miro exhibition at the Sakip Sabanci Museum, a private fine arts museum with magnificent views of the Bosphorus. It is a must visit exhibition if you happen to be in Istanbul by February, 2015. Along with Picasso and Dali, Miro was a Catalan Spanish modernist who dominated the 20th century art. The exhibition titled Women, Birds, and Stars focuses mainly on the symbolism that Miro used in his art. In fact what stood out for me mainly is that he truly could see beyond an everyday object and therefore, create it into art. I felt that as he created, he also had an almost childlike curiosity and such a profound appreciation for looking and truly seeing beyond the visible, and beyond the object. He was almost like a mystic who developed his own visual and poetic vocabulary - stars and spirals, symbols of infinity and nothingness, the number 13 and 9. What I saw was the work of a great artist who had a deep and abiding love for life, which he made visible through his work. "Everything can be useful," Miró said (in 1947) of his use of ordinary objects in his work. One example for this seeing beyond the visible is his sculpture titled “Girl Escaping”, where he used a tap as the hat.
21 Oct 2014, Tuesday
Love Made Visible
The ‘grandemaestro’ from our design studio in Italy visited us. He was in the Istanbul factory and he inquired about what “Love Made Visible” slogan meant in Italian. When we told him the translation, he was very moved, and indeed he said it is the most accurate description and captures what Neri Karra is about.
In Italian, it sounds even more poetic:
Amore Fatto Visibile
Here we take you on a tour of the factory, as we create love moment by moment, piece by piece, each crafted with outmost attention, each made with love.
10 Oct 2014, Friday
The October issue of British Vogue invites us to escape to Istanbul for the weekend, and we did just that. This month, we had a busy week in our factory (stay tuned for a brand new collection that will be unveiled soon) in Istanbul: a city of rich cultural heritage, exciting art scene, a place where craftsmanship is celebrated (and hence the reason where all of our products are made by hand). We had a day of ‘playing tourist’, that first started with a visit to the rich historical sites of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Basilica. Then, we made our way to the picturesque hotel that used to be an Ottoman palace, Ciragan Kempinski, and ended up going to an exhibition of Joan Miro. The evening finished at a family-owned seafood restaurant with freshly caught fish and organic food. This is what Istanbul is about: it has a way of surprising, delighting, and keeping you present with its varied colours, tastes and smells.
4 Dec 2012, Tuesday
SANTA MARIA LIGURE
14 Sep 2012, Friday
1 Oct 2012, Monday
PARIS FASHION WEEK
4 Dec 2012, Tuesday
NERI KARRA CRAFTSMANSHIP
21 Nov 2012, Wednesday
DANIEL CRAIG AND NERI KARRA