* Snem Yildirim | Stanley Street Gallery

* Snem Yildirim

Sinem Yildirim was born in Ankara / Turkey (1984). She graduated from Gazi University, Department of Architecture, and in 2011 she started to study Architectural Design Master Program at Istanbul Bilgi University.  By Inout Project she produced several art projects within the scope of city and public space. She continued Leather Footwear and Accessories Design Program at Istanbul Moda Academy in partnership with the University of the Arts London. To make her dreams come true she set up her contemporary jewelry studio “Studio Zigzag” with her sister. Currently, she creates Art Jewelry at her studio and is a member of Yaygara Contemporary Art Initiative.


Kanavice Series 

“Kanavice” is a kind of traditional embroidery, which generally cross-stitched for expressing the feelings and telling stories. The elements of nature, most often flowers are stylized as Kanavice Patterns and each pattern symbolize different feelings. As time passes the means of the expressions has changed and this makes Kanavice fall into oblivion. I reinterpret the Kanavice Embroidery & stylized flowers and I create my new story by using this traditional expression way for Kanavice Series.

During the creation of this series I’ve also questioned the precious concept and how to create preciousness in jewelry. This questioning makes me reinterpret the classical jewelry and recreate it by using re-cycled & colored plastic bottles for transformed Kanavice flowers.”

“For me contemporary jewelry is the way to express my self. I create by taking inspiration from the cultural texture and the geography I live in. The diversities and the contrasts of this geography are the colors of my universe & works. I experience the materials and production techniques by blending the contrasts such as the east and the west, the local and the global, the traditional and the modern, the geometric and the organic…”

2013     ima (istanbul moda academy) I leather footwear and accessories design program
2011-…. istanbul bilgi university I march in architectural design
2010   gazi university, faculty of engineering and architecture I department of architecture
2009   "terre dei fontanili 2009" international workshop in environmental design I politecnico di milano
2007   “ewsad 2007” european winter school in architectural design I gazi university
2013   "detay" leather products design contest I finalist in leather craft category
2013  ima (istanbul moda academy) I full scholarship
2011   istanbul bilgi university I march in architectural design I full scholarship
2007   urban dreams: revaluating ankara ulucanlar central prison project, student ideas competition I "human rights foundation of turkey" award
2005   "umop" international architecture students project exhibition and awards I special jury award

Exhibitions, Organizations
2016   istanbul jewelry show 2016 I exhibitor
2016   joya barcelona art jewelry fair I exhibitor
2016   workshop: jewelry from found objects l hacettepe university faculty of fine arts I workshop coordinator
2015   design week l gallery foyart l exhibitor
2015   4th international interior architecture symposium l presentation
2015   states of material III l armaggan art & design gallery l exhibitor
2014   istanbul jewelry show 2014 l exhibitor
2013   architecture week 2013 (spaces of resistance), monuments to resistance l chamber of architects of ankara branch I workshop coordinator
2013   exhibition: "fill in the blanks!" l maumau art residency l exhibitor
2012   "urban encounter(s): “istanbul and mega events" graduate program exhibition l istanbul bilgi university l exhibitor
2011   exhibition: "paralaks" l yaygara contemporary art initiative l contemporary Istanbul l exhibitor
2011   “sound of the city" summer school I workshop coordinator
2011   panel: gender discussions around "city and space” I organizer
2010   social forum of architecture 2010 I organizer
2007   1000 architects @ 1000 schools project I workshop coordinator
2006   "stop violence against women" sculpture exhibition l amnesty international l exhibitor
2003   ceramic exhibition l artdiye art gallery l exhibitor