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Daily Inspiration: Meet Zeynep Guvenc

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zeynep Guvenc.

Hi Zeynep, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I am a published author and wearable art designer. I was born in Istanbul where I grew up with my twin sister and brother. I hold an M.A. degree in History from Istanbul University and I worked as a history teacher at a private high school. After I got married to my husband we came to the US about seventeen years ago. I currently live in North Carolina with my husband, two kids, and a cat.

We lived in Miami and San Francisco Bay Area for ten years before moving to North Carolina. I researched extensively about the problems and challenges of youth, homeless people, religion, and different cultures. I had a chance to publish my novel “Homeless” which is now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Since I moved to North Carolina, I wanted to do something for homeless people in person and volunteered at The Carrying Place for about three years at their children’s program. One day, I decided to bring our traditional art ebru to the program and all the kids loved it so much. Early on it was just a hobby but then it gradually became my professional business with my twin sister.

I developed an interest in water marbling. My passion is to create unique, original, authentic, and one-of-a-kind art each time through water marbling. Water marbling, also known as ‘Ebru’ in Turkish, is an art for creating colorful patterns on the water by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on a special water surface, then transferring those into paper or canvas. I organized water marbling workshops and classes in various places including the Duke Arts Center, NC State Crafts Center, and Cary Arts Center. I attended several art festivals for water marbling demonstrations including the Raleigh International Festival. I had a chance to share my arts in the West Regional Library Showcase and also had a demo with about a hundred residents.

I have taught water marbling at various art centers in Cary, NC, showcased water marbling at festivals, created a clothing line using my water marbling art, and even had my water marbling art installed in enormous size at Thomas Brooks Park as part of “Big Picture: Museum Without Walls project”. You can learn more about my work here

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I was going to have my first solo exhibition at the Herb Young Community Center and then pandemic hit. My workshops and classes were also canceled. It was really challenging for me to figure out what else I can do but I did not stop putting my emotion into my arts. My artworks turned into garments.

For as long as I can remember, clothes have been very important to me. I remember wearing fluffy skirts in kindergarten and playing the “freeze” game with my twin sister. I would change five or ten outfits a day and sew new clothes on my Barbie doll. I was very fortunate that my mother knew how to sew and knit at the same time. Sometimes she bought it from a store, while at other times she sewed it herself. Then I grew up and we were admitted to universities in separate cities with my twin sister. Every weekend when my sister came back home, and hence we had a chance to exchange clothes every week.

I felt as if when I changed my clothes, I changed my inside and I got renewed/refreshed. I always followed fashion closely and fashion followed me. Nothing is as good as a person doing a job she loves entirely from within. I think I am very lucky for this and I am so thankful.

Since I have visual intelligence, I imagine the beauty of everything in my mind: Patterns, colors, harmony with nature, and I transfer these to canvas. Painting art and colors have always been in my life, I carried it inside of me as if I was watching their reflections in my soul now.

What is in my mind and heart flows into my art, and from there to fabrics, which I find amazing! Because art is a colloquial language, fashion is too. Even before you speak, your clothes start to speak and reflect your personality.

It is a very special and personal choice to dress up art, and it is a great honor for me to be a part of it.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Zeynep Guvenc

Artist & Author

I am going to be a vendor at the boutique store.(Painted Tree Boutiques ,Cary Location ,open Jan.2022 )

Instagram: @zeybry

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
What are the 10 reasons to read the novel Home-less?

1- if you believe in God
2- if you want to see your inner home-less
3- if you are a teen mom or a teen dad
4- if you would like to discover the islands in your soul
5- if you are an immigrant and you feel like a “fish out of the water”
6- if you or someone you know had an abusive childhood
7- if you are a college student feeling lost among the crowds
8- if you are dealing with cultural diversity
9- if you want to know more about what drug abuse can cause
10- if you are a fan of Turkey, Istanbul, or San Francisco

Available at Barnes &Noble



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Java Rose Photography

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