Sena was born in 1982 and lives and works in Istanbul as an artist, graphic designer and fashion designer
Sena was born in 1982 and lives and works in Istanbul as an artist, graphic designer and fashion designer. Until 2006 she studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Her work focuses on illustrations, drawings and paintings.
Describe how you approach your work.
Before I begin I look around at what's happening in my surroundings or the world. Then I begin to draw with a pencil and paper. When the sketch is ready, I transfer it onto a larger sheet of paper, and sometimes also onto canvas.
What kind of pens do you use for that?
On paper I like to work with a calligraphy pen and lots of ink. For small detail I use finer pens. On canvas I use oil paints and brushes. If the picture requires it, I transfer the calligraphy onto canvas or use oil paints on paper. I usually mix different techniques and media.
Where do your ideas come from?
Everyday life and the people around me inspire me, particularly the role of women in society. There are all kinds of women in my circle of friends. Each of them has a different cultural and economic background. They are all very strong and they all work for their families. For that reason too, their stories give me a great deal of inspiration.
What role does literature play for you?
I like fantasy novels. I often mix the stories together, and they also influence my work.