(21.10. - 30.10. 2011)
Born 1933 in Ankara.
Finished the Sarar Primary School in 1948.
Graduated 1952–1953 from the Ankara Gymnasium for Girls.
studying for 1.5 years at the Painting Department of the Istanbul Academy for
Fine Arts she turned back to Ankara. She went to Germany in 1966 and was
educated at the Karlsruhe Ceramic Department together with other students.
Returning home she started work at the “Mineral Exploring Studies” Institute to
increase her technical knowledge.
In 1970 she participated in “Batik” Classes giving by Madame Sefire of the
Indonesian Embassy in the framework of cultural exchange, worked on this subject
and opened several personal batik exhibitions. She learned stained glass
painting from a friend coming from America and they exhibited their work
On special invitation she gave batik and
glass staining courses at the house of the Turkish American Society, where,
during 15 years, she educated 5.000 students in the art of batik and staining
glass. Together with her master students she opened the “Gökkuşağı” (Rainbow)
Atelier. They also exhibited their work together.
In Ankara they founded the first “Women
Glass Staining” school, founded solely by women. For her children’s education
she settled in Istanbul Pendik in 1989, where she opened the Pendik branch of
the Turkish Women’s Union as founding president and where she worked for culture
Returning to Ankara in 1998, she founded
the “Woman, Culture, Art and Solidarity Society”. She actively strived to
promote and exalt Anatolian culture and gave support to the handiwork of
productive Turkish women. On the 20th October 2008 she moved to
Gökova Akyaka for good, because she fell in love with its nature.
Out of Ekendiz’ Purse:
“It is not enough to love; one has to
care for this beautiful town. For years I wanted to introduce my art collection
to the women of this town. Therefore I opened “Batik, Felt, Under Glass
Painting, Glass Staining and Kilim Weaving” courses with the support of Mayor
The first ever batik garments fashion
show has been held in Hamdi Yücelen’s hotel. To sustain felt work and to honour
the effort, the felt courses were turned into a steady workshop. The products
were again showed in the Yücelen Hotel. The Muğla Chamber of Commerce liked our
work very much and exhibited it on shows and fairs in Rhodes, Diyarbakır, Milas
and Ankara. This is the highest honour for a person working with culture and
This exhibition here shows work that
“spilled out of Ekendiz’ purse”. This exhibition presents felt work, various
fabric dyeing techniques (batik, silk dyes, relief, print techniques), aluminium
foil, underglass painting, leather, diverse kerchief works, kilim weaving, glass
stain decorations and women’s regional headdresses to your liking.