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Feature 29 Jan 2019

Illustrator/Designer & Head of Design at Heimat, Berlin

Esra Gülmen, born in the 80’s in Istanbul is a visual artist, contemporary thinker and designer, currently working as Head of Design at Heimat, Berlin.
After studying interior design in Istanbul, she decided to kick off an academic career and worked in the faculty of design at Marmara University. After 2 years, she discovered that being an academician was not meant for her and that rather graphic design and illustration would be the right thing to go for.

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She moved to Germany and started her career at the leading advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather Frankfurt. She has many international awards including Cannes Lions, One Show, Eurobest, Epica, LIA, ADC Germany under her belt that she collected for her works and ideas. Besides doing art direction for global brands, she loves to blend illustration and typography into artworks and her Insta-feed gives you a glimpse of her creative outburst…
In the art world currently I find most exciting that….
Gerhard Richter has donated 18 artworks (to be sold more than over 1 million euros)
to provide homeless people with permanent rented accommodation. how great is this.
Number of unanswered mails in your account today…
can’t be more than five. i am pretty good at this. 🙂
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Perfect working outfit…
depends on what i am working at. but i love overalls!

Your everyday online art read is…
frieze, artforum, it’s nice that. but first instagram! 🙂

Most ridiculous thing you ever bought…
i have a super old wooden box in my kitchen that i bought from mauerpark last year. it’s a military box, some serious numbers and codes on it, but i use it to store my vegetables. yes i know.

 
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This song brings you in a good mood straight away…
blue velvet from bobby vinton. this song is like a velvet and full of innocent feelings.

Favourite art x brand collaboration…
i love Uniqlo collaborations so much (esp the last one with kaws) but my favourite one of all times is of course louis vouitton x takashi murakami. they were great.

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You first post on Instagram…
(let me stalk myself) … the first bicycle , a very old Gazelle, that i ever owned. its in frankfurt. i still remember how happy i was with that bike.

Favourite hashtag…
i dont have a fav one, however, nowadays i use hashtags in different platforms like whatsapp, to emphasize the joke within the conversation. guess it’s a new way of using hahstags. 🙂

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Your art world muses…
people and language.

Art world gent I would love to have lunch with…
Bruce Nauman (i’ve just checked that he is even sagittarius, it would be an amazing lunch i guess!!! 🙂 )

Artist(s) we should have on our watch list is/are…
David Shrigley, Christoph Niemann, Olimpia Zagnoli, Miaz Brothers, Mr. Bingo, James Hoyce, Lakwena, Josh Sperling, Stefan Marx (ohhh there are so many but i need to stop i guess!)

Instagram: @esra_gulmen

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