THESE MOSAICS HIDE THE SPIRIT OF THE STREET

STREETS, GRAPHIC EXPRESSIONS, AND DETAILS WITH HIGH CONTRAST INSPIRE ASLI ALTAN TANER WHEN WORKING WITH MOSAICS.

One would love to step into a colorful world sometimes. One would love to find a special place where all the colors of the earth are represented in a magical way. I was enveloped with this state of mind the moment I entered into the 216 Mosaic Workshop in Moda, Kadıköy. Aslı Altan Taner, one of the founding partners of 216 Mosaic Workshop, didn’t stop at creating a special workshop for herself, but also designed a living space that one can feel free of any boundaries in there despite all the chaos and troubles of the world. The most important actors of this world are colorful glasses, ceramic pieces, and pebbles.

Giving life to colorful glass pieces that resemble the rainbow at the 216 Mosaic Workshop, Aslı Altan Taner is an artist who comes forward with her multidimensional personality. She graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts Stage Design and Costumes Department of Mimar Sinan University. Following her graduation, she had worked as a stylist for two and a half years. Later, she had dealt with décor and costume works for the film and TV series projects such as Güle Güle, Abdülhamit Düşerken, Biz Size Aşık Olduk, Unutulmayanlar, Propaganda, Kurşun Yarası, and Komser Şekspir. Stating that she prefers working with costume drama mainly, Aslı Altan Taner says, “We used to work under much better conditions and with the teams that knew what they were doing ten years ago. Later, when the number of TV series and cinema projects began to increase rapidly, the quality of the teams began to decrease. The number of working hours increased. Now, everyone works with sponsors. Yet, we used to design every costume and every detail one by one according to light, color, and characters. I would still work, if I were offered to work for a feature-length costume drama project, because it includes design.” Following her works for cinema and TV sectors, Aslı Altan Taner looks for a different course and decides on mosaic art.

She uses different techniques
Explaining that she had founded 216 Mosaic Workshop in 2006 with her musician brother Kaan Altan who had studied textile design in Berlin following his graduation from Mimar Sinan University Department of Industrial Engineering, Aslı Altan Taner continues: “This place used to be a bibliopole. Now, it is a mosaic workshop. Everything in nature inspires me; however, my biggest inspiration comes from streets. I use colorful pressed glass mosaics called BTB. The product groups change in size. I break them before using. I also use ceramic tile pieces, and pebbles. I enjoy working with different textures. You can even use the opportunity to work with beads and bottle caps. I have developed a different technique with my brother Kaan Altan. We paint the reverse sides of regular glass pieces; therefore, we find the chance to work with a much different alternative rather than working with a solid colored glass piece. I plan to use mud. I am going to turn mud into a plaque first and then glaze it. Therefore, we can have the same color diversity that we derived by painting glass pieces with mud.”

Mosaic design inspired by photographs
Inspired by different materials, Aslı Altan Taner designs reproduction panels, mirrors, lighting sets, hanging decorations, and candles. She also designs floor and wall applications. Aslı Altan Taner developed a different style by coating her 3D mud works with glass. The starting price of her panel designs are 250TL. Taner emphasizes that she has completed a 90×60 panel oriented from a work named Gypsy Girl, which is identified with Zeugma, in 20 days. Explaining the aptness of the works by the famous painter and sculptor John Miro to mosaic works in the aspects of color and graphics, Taner is inspired by Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu as well as Miro. Taner has been working on mosaics that originate from photographs recently. She states that she is being prepared to hold an exhibition to display her works that reflect this concept.

Workshops targeting kids and adults
Aslı Altan Taner, who draws attention to the people that begin to deal with mosaics might be uneasy at first, makes the following comment: “Because you work with sharp tools. You have to be very careful. We work with sharp objects such as pincers, and diamond glasscutters.” Taner says that she is going to start working on a different project via her friend who brings her special stones from Marrakesh: “I am going to develop kits by creating a few designs. People who purchase these kits are going to work on mosaics using the specials stones that are brought from Marrakesh. We can make jewelry by using these stones.” Taner who also organizes different workshops for kids and adults says, “Within the framework of the program that is aimed for adults, the participants attend 2-hour classes once a week. An individual who participate the program can learn this art in two months. For the workshops that are aimed for children, I coordinate works that develop their motor skills. Breaking glass or other materials is risky for them. They mainly become busy with gluing colored glass pieces on a picture frame. We place beads into modeling clay.”