And suddenly you know: "It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings."
Meister Eckhart

GÖZDE TOLAN

I grew up in İstanbul. I received my M.A. in industrial psychology, focusing on human resources. During my successful business career, mosaics started as a hobby in 2012 and then blossomed into a passion and I fell in love with the art of mosaics. It was in fact, the time I found my purpose.

I have attended classes with Ayça Bumin and over the years I developed a set of new techniques. In 2015, I have furthered my mosaic education at the prestigious Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy. At the beginning of 2016, I decided to devote myself to mosaics completely with a great passion. Gözde Pars Mosaic Studio, which I opened earlier, now continues as an art studio under the name of Mozaik Terapi Studio and providing comprehensive mosaic trainings for all levels in both classic and contemporary mosaics.

I have always been inspired by nature and natural design and in every piece I create, I try to incorporate a natural feel, whether in design, color or flow.

Mosaic is a kind of therapy method for me, I indulge in being deep awareness by focusing on "now" with an intense concentration during my works. In connection with this; by breaking new ground in Turkey at the beginning of 2019, I created a new 4-5 days mosaic workshop called as "Mosaic Therapy" allowing participants to experience connections between mosaic and mindfulness through various meditation practices during mosaic making process.

In my works, the themes of simplicity and depth are generally treated. I mainly worked on projects with mixed 3D with glass, marble, stone, natural materials, metal parts, etc. The materials I used in my works are usually my main inspiration. In addition to this, I also liked to add richness to my works from time to time by using different painting techniques.

I am a member of CMA (Contemporary Mosaic Art) organization.