Leyla Taranto

Published: 10.04.2024


8 new pins from the series Tulips in a Vase have been added to the artist's profile and are showcased atTulipomania exhibition in the Istanbul Tulip Museum.
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Leyla Taranto is a jewellery designer based in Istanbul, Turkey, with a BA in Sociology. Her interest in jewellery, which began with a childhood fondness for bracelets and necklaces and was later formalised with atelier training, is now a full-time passion and occupation. Through her brand name toz design, Taranto continues to experiment with both traditional and non-traditional materials for jewellery design, including scrap materials.


Tulips in a Vase collection 
When invited by curator Ali Bakova to participate in the 'Tulipomania'  (referring to a speculative frenzy named "Tulip Mania" in 17th century Holland over the sale of tulip bulbs) exhibition, I recalled a theme I worked on many years ago, so I revisited my Flower(s) in a Vase pin collection, singling out the “Tulips”.

Tulips happen to be  flowers that have had two vases exclusively designed for them.”Tulipiere” is a Dutch vase made to hold many tulips, with a separate opening for each tulip; and the ”Laledan”—drawing its name from ‘lale’, the Turkish word for tulip— is designed to hold only one tulip. I chose the shape of these two vases for my pins. In this selection, as a contrast with the specialised vessels Tulipiere and Laledan, I also include a bottle and a jug which, unlike the others, were designed for a different function altogether—storing and the transporting liquids—but have historically taken on the role of a vase in addition to their primary usage.

Remains collection
To create the Remains collection, I salvaged discarded ornamental scrap wood pieces from the floor of an Istanbul custom frame shop. Without knowing what I would do with them, I took the remains to my studio. Back in the woodshop, I began to experiment with the fragments, and through a series of innovative choices, created one-of-a-kind or limited editions consisting of new forms that reflected my own conceptual, stylistic and structural interpretations of the original scraps.

As a designer, I found it gratifying to be able to provide these scraps an unanticipated usefulness and to enable them to recover a wholeness all their own by playing with the juxtaposition of what is precious (wood) and what is not precious (waste).

Threshold Series
 A threshold is both figuratively and literally a point after which a transition begins. It is the moment or position of stillness between one physical or emotional place and another.
For the exhibition “Between a break and a breakdown: Jewelry as a mirror of our time” which is a part of the 5th edition of The Jerusalem Biennale, my brooch, necklace and earrings reflect on the theme ‘adaptation’. I chose aluminium threshold materials, sold in metres and used at bases of doors between rooms. These aluminium strips cover seams between rooms that tell us that change is afoot, they smooth over the difference, they make the transition less jarring. In a sense, they facilitate adaptation to the new space. But they are themselves a constant reminder of the transition and the adaptation that will follow.

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Exhibition  01 Apr 2024 - 14 Apr 2024  Tulipomania.
Istanbul Tulip museum
Fair  09 Dec 2022 - 11 Dec 2022  Cluster Jewellery Fair 2022.
Exhibition  16 Nov 2021 - 30 Dec 2021  Between a break and a breakdown. Jewelry as a mirror of our times.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2021 - 10 Nov 2021  Painful Hope in Madrid.
Exhibition  26 Sep 2021 - 06 Oct 2021  Shape of Nature 2021. Selected artist list announced.
Online Presentation  11 Mar 2021 - 14 Mar 2021  Artificial Intelligems.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2021 - 14 Mar 2021  16 Brooches by Jewelry Links.
Exhibition  15 Dec 2020 - 31 Dec 2020  Breath/Nefes.
Exhibition  12 Dec 2020 - 13 Feb 2021  Painful Hope.
Fair  10 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2020  Athens Jewelry Week 2020.
Exhibition  26 Oct 2020 - 30 Nov 2020  Jewellery Links. Now.
Kameleon Concept Store and Gallery, Istanbul.
Exhibition  05 Dec 2019 - 03 Jan 2019  Jewelry Links.
han house of design, Istanbul.
Exhibition  15 Nov 2019 - 15 Nov 2019  Beyond Design.
Panelist, speaker. During Design Week Turkey.
Exhibition  14 Nov 2019 - 17 Nov 2019  Jewelry Links.
Design Week Turkey / Beyond Design.
Exhibition  09 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019  Jewelry Links.
Kameleon Concept Store and Gallery, Istanbul.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2019 - 13 Oct 2019  Jewelry Links in Barcelona.
Exhibition  09 Apr 2019 - 13 Apr 2019  LOOT 2019. Mad about Jewelry.
Exhibition  12 Jul 2018 - 11 Aug 2018  Jewelry Links in Vienna.
Exhibition  26 Apr 2018 - 29 Apr 2018  Jewelry Links in Valencia.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2018 - 07 Apr 2018  Schmuck Verbindet.
Exhibition  13 May 2017 - 26 Nov 2017  Venice Design 2017.
Solo exhibition  23 May 2014 - 05 Jun 2014  Silhouettes.
Gallery Siyah Beyaz, Ankara.
Solo exhibition  28 Feb 2014 - 01 Mar 2014  Silhouettes.
Soda Gallery, Istanbul.
Solo exhibition  03 Jun 2010 - 06 Jun 2010  Hulaloop.
ECNP Gallery, Istanbul.

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Book:  Shape of Nature. Sun, HermanChina Humanities Publishing House:  Hong Kong,  2022
Catalogue:  Muğlak Alan. CKM Art Space:  Istanbul,  2018
Catalogue:  Contemporary Istanbul. Contemporary Istanbul:  Istanbul,  2016
Catalogue:  Time Space Existence. European Cultural Center:  Venice,  2016