Thinking Things

30/06/2021

Within the Fabrica Creative Labs, on Wednesday 30 June at 3pm CEST, Istanbul based designer Meric Kara will hold an online lecture entitled “Thinking Things”.

Meriç is a Turkish designer whose artworks are mostly are influenced by the relationships between people – life – things – space and time. During the webinar the artist will present works from different periods of her own studio practice, talk about her creative processes and share professional experiences in the last 20 years.

The Turkish artist will be going deeper into the ideas behind her work. She observes the scenes from daily life, daily things, routines, habits, behaviours, feelings, expectations, paradoxes and she playfully experiments with things and processes searching for potentials, spirits and meanings. Ranging from simple matches to public furniture, mass produced pieces to one piece installations and exhibitions, solo work and collaborations, Meriç’s projects are between mediums which may or may not result in an object. While some of these are conceptual explorations and their reflections, some are produced or designed and optimized for mass production, they are proposals for how we might look differently at the bits and pieces we find around us.

For Meriç every project is an episode within itself and some are longer stories. She believes when the objects speak for themselves, communication starts and then a strong bond is formed especially when they are felt and understood by one another. She plays with ideas for discussing, criticizing and making statements but depending on the briefs, user profiles, lifestyles, production and medium potentials, some projects are more practical and sensitive to needs.

Free event, in English
Platform: Zoom
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MERIC KARA
Meriç Kara was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1977. She studied Industrial Design, after her degree in Middle East Technical University she went on to do her masters in Milan in Domus Academy. Later in 2003 she found herself at Fabrica, the Research and Communication Center of Benetton where she stayed for 2 years. Since 2006 she continues her work in Istanbul, collaborates with creatives and companies from various disciplines, designs for various companies as well as creating her own products. Paola C. (IT), Suck UK (GB), Benetton (TR), Vitra (TR) Yapi Kredi Bank(TR) are among her previous clients. Since 2010 she is a part time instructor in various Universities, and she is also giving workshops. On the side of her studio practice and teaching activities, Meriç occasionally publishes design reviews.

Since 2002, she took part in exhibitions and publications worldwide. In 2007 she was named among the world’s most exciting young product designers in “&fork” by Phaidon Publications. Meriç and her team was nominated for four awards by the Graphic Society in Turkey in 2008. She received the “young designer of the year” award of Turkey by Elle Decor International Design Awards with her solo exhibition of flower pots ‘‘a schizophrenic domestic project’ in 2010. In 2012, she received the “good design” award by Design Turkey with her “digit cake moulds” design for Suck UK. In 2014 she was selected for ‘talents a la carte’ at Maison Objet, Paris. In 2021, collaborative project ‘kenet’ won the 1st prize in konkur istanbul- İstanbul Municipality’s City Luminaire Design Competition.