Journey through the golden trails of Tezhip, an art form of illumination, with the renowned Müzehhibe Elif Aydın. Known for her mastery in embellishing manuscripts and plates with crushed gold and vibrant hues, Aydın's work in Tezhip embodies the legacy of art that honors sultans, statesmen, and prominent individuals. Her artistry extends to adorning the Qur'an's first and last pages and the beginning of each sura. This unique art form demands love, patience, joy, and grace, values deeply upheld by Aydın, reflected in her masterpieces. Under her guidance, names like Hicrigül, meaning "separation rose", and Enes, symbolizing "companion", come to life through Tezhip, reflecting the rich Ottoman tradition.
Aydın's teaching emphasizes the importance of hard work, determination, and consistency, underscoring that talent is not a prerequisite for creating beautiful works of art, but discipline is. She advocates for the preservation and traditional practice of Tezhip, an art form that demands meticulous effort, from designing intricate patterns on raw cardboard to transferring the finished cloth product onto the cardboard.
Tezhip, according to Aydın, is more than an art; it's a passion that imbues the soul with beauty and grace. Known for her proficiency in Halkar, a technique of decoration in Tezhip, Aydın employs a gradient effect by gradually diluting gold or paint, leaving the motifs' edges with a rich color. This, along with Shukufe, a decorative art based on flower motifs and traditional Classic Illumination, completes the triad of her artistic prowess.
Aydın's journey as an illuminator has been recognized through exhibitions, workshops, and awards at venues like the Aydın Provincial Cultural Center and the ADU Atatürk Congress and Exhibition Hall. Her passion for teaching art has seen her imparting knowledge to artists such as Anisa Ozalp. Her learning is rooted in her time spent with illuminators like Muzehhibe Eda Sahan and Arzu Uzunosman, who have greatly influenced her journey. Join Müzehhibe Elif Aydın as she unfolds the golden pages of Tezhip and the art of Ottoman Illumination.