Justin Eccles: “Istanbul is a feast for the senses… smell the chestnuts being roasted in the park below, hear the eskici calling in the streets, taste my morning Turkish tea and touch the hot tea glass.”
Justin Eccles, my dear friend, where are you from?
I originally come from the center of America, a small farming state called Iowa.
Art has been one of the strongest building blocks of my life. From an early age I was encouraged by my parents, who are both artists and creators, to explore and develop my artistic skills. I worked in publishing as an art director and designer for five years before coming to Turkey. I produce art because I am compelled to, it is who I am created to be.
Visual communication, graphic design, photography, painting, collage and screen printing are all techniques I used in my art.
Moda is one of the first neighborhoods I visited on the Asian side after I arrived in Istanbul. I immediately felt relaxed and accepted as a foreigner there. Moda is an inspiring community, full of diversity. I feel at home in Moda.
The Art Studio invites artists to show their work in the gallery space. It is a place that helps bring new ideas thru art to Moda. We use art, music, and dance as a way to communicate.
Moving to Istanbul was an exotic adventure that turned into a love for the city and people. I find the city dynamic and living here I see and experience things that challenge me. I enjoy that I can travel to a part of the city I have been to many times before and yet when I arrive, there is something new to discover.
Istanbul is a feast for the senses. From my window I can see the Boshporus and the boats filled with fishermen, smell the chestnuts being roasted in the park below, hear the eskici calling in the streets, taste my morning Turkish tea and touch the hot tea glass. At times, the city can be overwhelming, an assault to the senses but at the same time this is what makes the Istanbul so compelling. It reaches in and effects the whole person.