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Bedri Rahmi Medusa Fabric Screen

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Fabric screen reproduced from Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu's original "Medusa" printing.
Templates prepared on fabric by the traditional block printing method were hand printed. The template was printed with black colour and the inner parts of the patterns were encoloured with acrylic paint.

Fabric: 100% cotton
30 degrees hand wash
Dimensions: width 70 x length 240 cm

According to the stories told regarding the “head” objects in the Roman Period artworks, Medusa is one of the three Gorgos - female monsters - of the underworld. Among these three sisters, only the snake-headed Medusa was mortal, who had the ability to gorgonise those who stared at her. It is said that at that period, Gorgo paintings and sculptures were placed at special locations and huge monuments in order to keep these places away from the evil.

According to another story, Medusa had Black eyes and long hair, and was proud of her legendary beauty. In mythology, rumour has it that she was in love with the Greek God Zeus’ son, Perseus. Goddess Athene was also in love with Perseus and was jealous of Medusa. Athene transformed Medusa’s hair into terrifying snakes. After that, whoever Medusa stared at turned into a stone sculpture. Having thought that Medusa was witched, Persus cut her head and crusaded with the head in his hand. Those who stared at the head transformed into stone sculptures and Perseus won the war. Rumour has it that after this event, Medusa was carved on the hilts and plinths in the ancient Byzantine.
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In 1950, while Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu was in Paris, he was acquainted with a new art centre (Musee de l’homme) and a very important page was turned over in his art life. In this museum, objects, fabrics, kitchenware, weapons, masks and similar tools from Africa and the far countries of the modern world were being exposed and introduced. Each piece represented an art dimension.  

As a painter, Bedri Rahmi’s primary objective was to see his patterns in every house, which “Block Printing” was the only solution to serve his aim. This handicraft which showed similarities with the art of painting is realized by printing and painting patterns on fabrics, by using durable paint. 

After having returned to Turkey, Bedri Rahmi selected 20 samples among his prints and asked the artisans to produce templates from them. In no time, he prepared a printing workshop and printed his patterns, and took an innovative step and made a fundamental change in printing. These printings were exhibited in Maya gallery in the tunnel, in 1951. In those years, the exhibition created a tremendous impression. With this exhibition, printing transformed from being a craft, and achieved the level of being an art.   

In those years, Bedri Rahmi selected patterns among his paintings, simplified them, produced new patterns and prepared them for printing. At first, Mss. Eren who was an artist just like him printed her husband’s patterns, but after his son Mehmet Hamdi found a new die sinking method, he found the opportunity to print the patterns he liked the most. 

When Bedri Rahmi passed away in 1975, the workshop did not make any products for several years. 

In 1977, Bedri Rahmi’s son Mehmet Hamdi developed a new template preparation method and brought in a new dimension to the art of printing. 

Under the name of “Blue Turtle Art Workshop”, the workshop has been continuing to its activities in accordance with the traditional mentor – apprentice system. Each year, in the first week of June, a traditional block printing exhibition is held in the garden of Bedri Rahmi’s house.  

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