30 Mayıs 2016 Pazartesi

Hasan Kale Seeing "Istanbul" On a Butterfly Wing

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 Hasan Kale Seeing "Istanbul" On a Butterfly Wing

    Hasan Kale who first met brush and colors when he was 5 years-old, interprest his art through modern vision, draws miniature pictures and silhouettes of Istanbul on small objects which we see on a daily basic including onion skin, fig seed or chocolate bar that can easily melt. I can hear you asking why a painter draws pictures on fig a seed. I interviewed him to get the answers to that questions.

Your Name Is Often Mentioned with Micro Art But We Want to Hear The Story From Your Side of View. Who Is Hasan Kale?

    I was born in 1959 in Bursa. I met colors and brush when I was 5 years-old. I have been painting pictures since then. On one hand, I am no different than any individual who lives with his dreams and objectives, on the other hand I am an extraordinary person because of the art that I' m performing. I started to perform my art by drawing miniatures in Istanbul. I worked in many different art projects along with designing. I started to design jewelry but I didn' t quit painting.

Who Introduced You With Colors And Paint?

    I used to play with paper and crayons like every other kid. I remember a thin, elegant and naive man named Kemal who wore a tie and hat and carried an umbrella, showing me some figures and I remember myself working on those figures for a week.

Did You Practice Art During Your School Life?

    I didn' t draw stickman like other kids in school. I drew faces, I drew what I imagined. I didn' t care about failing lessons or getting low degrees as art was the most important thing in my life. If I got one point below the highest degree, I got angry. Painting was my passion. I didn' t take any art classes other than the lessons in primary, secondary and high school. I couldn' t study in the Academy of Arts due to the terrorism in the 80' s but I didn' t care. I kept trying because performing art makes me happy.

When Did You Get Interested in Micro Art?

    When I got interested in miniature, I wanted to take lesson but I couldn' t. I applied to courses and companies but none of them called me back. So I chose my teachers from the past. I learned the flexibility of brush from Mehmet Siyahkalem, I learned colors and harmony from Levni, I learned details of sultan portraits from Muralist Osman. As a result I created my own style by synthesizing my knowledge. That' s the way it should be.

You Also Design Jewelry.   

    I designed jewelry collections for different brands. I got inspired from cultural accumulations of different Anatolian civilizations. In other words, the collections were a synthesis, an interpretation of your past.

Did You Send a Work of Art to The King of Sweden?

    Yes I did. The company that I worked had international connections. While I was dealing with projects concerning the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, I was requested to make a miniature for the King. I made the miniature and it was delivered to the King inside an elegant package.

Do You Have a Special Reason for Drawing Istanbul Pictures?

    Istanbul is hidden in details. If you see the details you see the rail identity of Istanbul. Istanbul has mystery, it has secrets, has chaos, traffic and rush. It' s a city that lives 24/7. when people come to Turkey, they visit Istanbul because it speaks a global language. I am very pleased with my job. When I am happy, I reflect my mood on my work.

How Much Time Does It Take to Finish One Piece of Art?

    It takes a long time, It' s not the kind of thing which you can do while drinking coffee. One piece of art takes at least 3 sleepless day. Some of my work took approximately 1- 1,5 months. I  have worked on more than 300 different objects.

Is It Possible to See Micro Miniatures In Your Paintings? 

I use different technologies in my painting.

Did You Have Exhibitions Abroad?

    I had exhibitions in several countries including Japan, Israel and the US. We will have an exhibition in South Korea, soon.

Do You Dream About Opening a Museum?

    Yes, I do. I will work for this as long as I live. I even designed the products that will be sold in the museum requires hard work. I think artists don' t get enough support. I am making great effort to promote Turkey as well as Turkish artists and designer.

Kale who draws silhouettes of Istanbul, portraits of Ottoman sultans on pieces of lentil, rice and bean along with fly and bee wings, manages to draw Galata Tower on one wing, the Maiden Tower on the other wing. Kale performs his art without using magnifier and uses paintbrushes made of cat hair and ox ear.

28 Mayıs 2016 Cumartesi

Peru, Lima; City of Kings

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Peru, Lima; City of Kings

    Despite being located on the Pacific Ocean coast, Lima is like a desert. With its raid soil and black sea, limited number of parks and gardens, the city looks unpleasant. Not much effort has been put to make the city more appealing.
    You can see beautiful apartments on the coastal side of the city where rich people live. Larcomar shopping mall is an important meeting point in the city. As Lima is a port city, it has dynamic commercial life which leads to security problems. Theft is a serious problem in the city and houses have severe security. Transportation is provided by buses, minibusses and taxi. There is serious traffic problem in the city.

    Peru is famous with its rich gastronomy. Most famous chefs and restaurants of the country are in Lima. The city also has a dynamic night life especially on the weekends. There are many bars and night clubs.
    Lima is the political, industrial and scientific center of Peru. The city known as the "city of kings" took its name when place of the city is determined in the " Kings Festival" which is celebrated in January 6.

16 Mayıs 2016 Pazartesi

Turkish Delight -- Turc Loukoum "Eat Sweetly And Speak Sweetly"

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Turkish Delight

    Turkish Delight name comes from Arabic, means that "the throat relaxes". lokum was introduced to western Europe in the 19th century. An unknown Briton reputedly became very fond of the delicacy during his travels to Istanbul and purchased cases of it, to be shipped back to Britain under the name Turkish Delight. It became a major delicacy in Britain and throughout Continental Europe for high class society. During this time, it became a practice among upper class socialites to exchange pieces of Turkish Delight wrapped in silk handkerchiefs as presents.
    An old Turkish aphorism tells one to "eat sweetly and speak sweetly". Sweets have always been an important component of Turkish cuisine. The origin of Lokum -Turkish Delight- dates back to the time of the Ottoman Empire.
    It is believed that Picasso enjoyed Turkish Delight daily to improve his concentration while Napoleon and Winston Churchill relished pistachio filled Turkish Delight.
    Turkish Delight features as the addictive confection to which Edmund Pevensie succumbs in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Sales of Turkish Delight rose following the theatrical release of the filmversion of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe.
    The character of Rosa in Charles Dickens' unfinished The Mystery of Edwin Drood has an inordinate fondness for Turkish Delight, which she frequently refers to as "Lumps of Delight".
    Turkish Delight features in the climax of the novel Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers. Rachat Locum is repeatedly mentioned in Age og Longing by Arthur Koestler.
    The benefits of the Turkish Delight go beyond its great taste. A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies and it is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance. It beautifies skin.

Turc Loukoum 

    Loukoums aux fruitsLe Loukoum est un petit cube à la consistance à la fois moelleuse et élastique due à un gel d' amidon de fécule de mais ou de pomme de terre ou autre, enrichi en sucre et en miel, aromatisé le plus souvent à l'eau de rose. Les loukoums sont saupoudrés par un mélange de sucre glace et d'amidon. Certains loukoums sont enrichis avec des fruits secs comme des amandes, des graines de sésame ou des pistaches.
    On trouve aussi des loukoums aux fruits parfumés au citron, à la fraise ou à la noix de coco. Les loukoums à la noix de coco se parent de noix de râpée et ont une noisette à l'intériur.
    Qou looch était un médicament au miel ou au sucre qui dérive du verbe arabe la'aqa qui signifie lécher. Le docteur Dietlinde Goltz dans son ouvrage Zur altorientalischen und griechischen Heilkunde fait remonter I'origine de ce médicament aux Babyloniens. Les lu'q d'un Bayan du XIIIe siécle prennent la forme de berlingot. Les savants arabes rajoutent des gommes ou des plantes mucilagineuses. Ainsi les lu'q esquissent les futurs loukoums.
    Cette théorie du lu'q confirme I'hypothése de I'étymologie du mot par le sens tranquillité de la gorge. Et il faut savoir que I'iranologue autrichien Bert Fragner, dans son livre from the Caucasus to the Roof of the World: a culinary adventure, soutient que I'origine de la cuisine ottmane est un mélange de la gastronomie de la Gréce antique, de I'Empire byzantin, arabes, des traditions phéniciennes et juives.
    Avec la sortiedu film Le Monde de Narnia, est apparu un engouement fulgurant au Royaume-Uni pour les loukoums. Un confiseur révéle meme une hausse des ventes de 400%. Cepedant, I'effet de coriosité passé, il semble que les jeunes Britanniques n'ont pas appécié le parfum du loukoum, et la mode du loukoum a disparu aussi vite qu'elle est arrivée.
    Le rahat se consomme tel quel, ou sert à la confection de gâteau roumain, tel que le cozonac, les cornulete ou le salam de biscuiti. Traditionnellement dans les Balkans, le rahat est servi avec la café.

7 Mayıs 2016 Cumartesi

Living in Uruguay Montevideo

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Living in Uruguay Montevideo

    Montevideo, capital city of Uruguay, the smallest country of South America , is a small, compact and plesaant city.
    The city is planned well and it is mot populated, substucture is in good condition. It' s ideal for a guite life. If you want you can swim in one of the beautiful beaches. You can see people running and cycling along the coast. The city is safe, you can walk around freely.

    Uruguay has liberal economy open tı international investment. Powerful finance sector of the country makes it the "Switzerland" of Latin America. Montevideo is a rich and developing city.
     The country located between Argentina and Brazil has been affected by the two cultures due to their common historical backgroumd nut it looks more like Argantina. The country import most product from Argentina.
    The most common drink you can come across Uruguay is Mate tea. Depite is bitter taste, you can try mate.

I See a Mountain

    There are two different arguments about the meaning of "Montevideo". One of them is "Monte vide eu" (I see a mountain) in Portuguese, the other one is "Monte Vide Este a Oeste" (yhe sixth mountain from east to the west) in Spanish. Full name of the city is San Felipe Santiago Montevideo.

3 Mayıs 2016 Salı

Paris Présentation -2-

    La passerelle des Arts, entre le Louvre et l'nstitut, est résérvée aux piétons. Le dernier-né, le pont Charles-de-Gaulle, relie la gare d'Austerliz et la gare de Lyon. Ensemble, les trente ponts de Paris tissent les liens serrés de l'unité parisienne. II est question qu'un jour prochaini sur les berges, une promenade piétonne ininterrompue de 12 kilométres joigne le parc André-Citroén à Bercy. Pour les amateurs de promenades sur l'eau, les bateaux-mouches proposent une visite aussi sous ses ponts. Sur les quais, les bouquinistes disposent leurs étals de livres anciens, de livres d'occasion et de gravures de toutes sortes. L'été, les amateurs de bronzage intensif viennent se prélasser en toute quiétude au bord de l'eau.
    Malheureusement, ils ne peuvent plus profiter des piscines flottantes, la demiére, la piscine Deligny, ayant sombré, au grand désespoir des baigneurs. Par tous ces aspects différents, Paris offre, à ses visiteurs occasionnels comme à ses habitants, un sentiment de liberté et de beauté. La Parisienne représente un autre symbole de la capitale : elle est belle, sensuelle, joyeuse et raffinée. Elle personnife de par le monde l' éternel féminin er l'archétype de l' élégance. Jacques Offenbach, le maitre de l'opérette, l'a bien compris et a mis en scéne ces femmes dans La vie Parisienne. Le Paris des monuments est également imposant. Les premiers travaux d'agrandissement et d'embellissement ont pris corps au Moyen Âge. Notre-Dame est construite entre 1163 et 1334 à l'initiative du pape Alexandre III. Philippe-Auguste éléve la forteresse du Louvre en 1190 pour protéger la ville contre les raids des Vikings qui remontent la Seine sans effort sur leurs drakkars. Â partir de 1246, Saint Louis édife la Sainte-Chapelle pour y abriter des reliques saintes entre toutes : la couronne d'epines et un fragment de la croixi ramenés des croisades.

    C'est surtout la Renaissance qui donnera le véritable départ de la construction permanente. François I s'installe au Louvre en 1528, treize ans aprés son accession au trône. II confie à Pierre Lescot. les travaux de reconstruction et de rénovation du palais. II fonde le Collége de France prés de la Sorbonne. II fait poser la premiére pierre d'un nouvel hôtel de ville. Pierre Lescot et Jean Goujon bàtissent l'hôtel Carnavalet en 1544. Devenu musée, ce magnifique hôtel particulier conserve les trésors de l'histoire de Paris.
    Henri IV. pour qui Paris vaut bien une mess, jette un pont sur la Seine : le pont Neuf. II ouvre places et quartiers. L'aristocratie emménage en 1609 sur la nouvelle place des Vosges Les références à l'Antiquité sont abandonnées. Peu à peu, l'époque se laisse gagner par le baraque. Influencée par les palais de Florence. Marie de Médicis construit le palais du Luxembourg, qui deviendra le Sénat. Restée en friche jusque-là, I'ile Saint-Louis est aménagée par Le Vau à partir de 1627.
    Richelieu démarre le Grand Siécle en 1629. II fait édifier pour son propre compte le Palais-Cardinal, futur Palais-Royal. II procéde à de nombreux embellissements. Sous son impulsion, des architectes, des urbanistes et des paysagistes de grand talent dessinent les contours d'un Paris de seigneurs.

    Louis XIV s'offre les Invalides et la place Vendôme, avant d'emmener la cour à Versailles. Procope ouvre le premier café : il fera de nombreux adeptes. La convivialité de ces établissements change les rapports humains et permet les longs discours et la diffusion des idées. II y en a 12 000 aujourd'hui dans les rues de Paris.
    Louis XV. ourve la place de la Concorde. Les premiers trottoirs sont insatallés en 1782, rue de l'Odéon. Napoléon commande la construction de l'Arc de triomphe. Nommé Préfet de la Siene par Napoléon III, le baron Haussmann entame la derniére transformation majeure de la ville. II élagit toutes les voies de circulation et perce les grands boulevards.
    Les expositions universelles sont le prétexte à l'édification de nombreux bàtiments comme la Tour Eiffel (1889), le Grand Palais (1900) ou le Trocadéro (1937).
    Paris, ville moderne, attire les artistes du monde entier pendant la premiére moitié du XX siécle. Les peintres, les sculpteurs, les musiciens, les écrivains, les cinéastes s'y donnent rendez-vous. La deuxiéme guerre mondiale mettra un frein à cette passion
    Dans les années cinquante, la ville reprend sa frénésie des grands travaux, dans un style trés différent. Aménagé à partir de 1958, le quartier de la Défense veut lutter avec le New York des affaires. La Grande Arche, son dernier fleuron, a été inaugrée en 1989.

    Le Centre Pompidou a choisi de montrer son ossature d'acier à l'extériur pour mieux utiliser l'espace à l'intériur: Aujourd'hui, c'est l'un des musées les plus visités de monde.
    L'Opéra Bastille, est une nouvelle salle populaire offerte aux amateurs d'art lyrinque. En 1984, l'Est parisien renait. La Cité des Sciences ouvre les portes du futur dans le parc de la Villette. Le stade Charletty, le musée de la Musique, la Trés Grande Bibliothéque prouvent que Paris entreprend toujours. On y construit même des pyramides... André Malraux, chantre de la grandeur et de la modernité universelles, ministre de la Culture, avait donné l'exemple.
    Depuis, partout dans la ville, on nettoie, on ravale, on améliore, on transforme, on réhabilite, on bouge, on s'active, dans la conscience de l'mmense patrimoine collectif, et le désir de relever les défis du nouveau millénaire pour que Paris soit toujours la plus belle ville du monde.