Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Story Di Toy by Mixed Media Artist Seyda Hacizade

Seyda Hacizade is a mixed media artist who was born in Istanbul in 1979. She graduated in the Faculty of Fine Arts from the Department of Theater Decoration and Costume at Mimar Sinan University in 2001. While she was still studying she became interested in the art of making puppets and restoration of violins. Later in 2003 and 2006, Seyda received a fellowship from Italian Government, and completed her master’s degree in the Venice Faculty of Art and Design at the Department of Theater Sciences and Design Philosophy.

"Since childhood, my brain worked differently when it came to objects and events. When I saw something I didn’t like, it was almost natural for me to create a different version of it."

She believes it's important to keep a child in ourselves alive and to nurture her inner child she started to make toys using vintage and found objects. "Because, some things deserve a last detailed look before being discarded." She creates one-of-a-kind assemblages, figurines, wall art and sculptures using recycled steel, old tins, clock parts, and cutlery collected by herself.

She has also worked as an incharge of technical matters in the International Puppet Festival, International Music, Theater and Jazz Festivals. She has worked at the Cengiz Özek Puppet Theatre and has represented Turkey in several national and international festivals. 

You can find all her unique artwork in her online store - Story di Toy.