Begüm Cana Özgür

Begüm Cana Özgür received her master's degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art, 3D design department.  In 2014, she started her studio based in Istanbul where the cultural richness of the land has been the major motive in her work, developing an interest in ancient craft practices.

Cana’s work integrates design, art and crafts. Starting from the initial ideation, her design process is carried out hands on. She plays with common materials and existing techniques to fully understand their potential to develop a new contemporary expression. The experimental process results in the development and adaptation of skills, suggesting new ways of doing. Which enables design ideas finding a truly authentic form of body in her work.

Cana designed 3 different wall hangings woven in hand by the women involved in the project. These wall hangings are named as Venus, Şamas and Sin. Pagans settled in the Mesopotamia lived their lives with the wisdom of astronomy for a long time. They believed that the sun, moon and other planets influences the life on earth dramatically. The god of moon named as Sin, his son Şamas (the sun) and daughter (Venus) constitute a holy family at the top of the pantheon of the gods.

Cana also designed a separator made of felt in a very basic way, allowing local women to produce the materials at their homes. The separator is made of little felt balls,

questioning the potential of textile as an architectural element, giving the space three-dimensional feeling. The reference of the product is called üzerlik, an accessorize used at homes to protect the family from the evil eye.