July 2, 2016 stefivos

Meet Garip Ay and the ancient art of ebru

Garip Ay and the ancient art of ebru [© Garip Ay]

For creative people with Mon-Fri day jobs, weekends are their only opportunity to unlock their mind and let inspiration in. In this weekend’s quest to find something exciting to drag my creativity away from the norms, I came across Garip Ay’s ebru art. 

Ebru art is an ancient Turkish art where patterns are formed in water and then transferred to paper. Ay is the artist who managed to take this ancient art and introduce it to the modern world by doing a very simple thing: he captured in video the production of ebru and shared it online.

Here is Ay painting Van Gogh’s Starry Night and then the very artist himself. Before you watch it, I recommend you first turn off all the lights. Enjoy.

According to his small bio on his website, Garip Ay was born in 1984 in Siirt (Turkey). He began his arts education in the painting department of the High School of Fine Arts in Diyarbakir in 2000 and later graduated with a degree in Traditional Turkish Arts from Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. In his work as an ebru artist, Mr. Ay has held numerous exhibitions, workshops and seminars around the world, from his native Turkey and the Persian Gulf region to Scandinavia, Russia and the USA. He has also taken part in various film projects, like a 180-part TV documentary series, music and concert videos, and public.

You can connect with Garip Ay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

A video posted by Garip Ay (@garipay) on

A photo posted by Garip Ay (@garipay) on

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