30 September 2010

Istanbul sketchbook

Click to enlarge.

I've just returned from an inspiring trip to Istanbul.

My holiday read was Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk. There is a whole chapter devoted to Hüzün, the Turkish word for Melancholy. He writes- "hüzün, which denotes a melancholy that is communal rather than private. Offering no clarity; veiling reality instead, hüzün brings us comfort, softening the view like the condensation on a window when a tea kettle has been spouting steam on a winter's day."


  1. I'd forgotton you'd gone on holiday! not been well for 2 weeks. Nice drawings x

  2. I thought of Coco's approach and tried to capture what I saw with quick sketches, instead of getting the camera out all the time.
    Sorry to hear you've been ill- I hope you get well super soon and then let's meet up. x

  3. Hi Fi - the Istanbul sketches and photos are lovely and I thought of you when we saw the men selling the spirograhs! Also just watched the Army adverts which are fabulous.
    Bye for now