Yaprak Medine

How does making a difference start for you?

For me, making a difference is to be myself. We all have different colors, unique identities and I feel like trying to be someone else is washing away all the colors. So, when I think about making a difference, just being myself feels right.

How important are the “details” for you?

I like to catch up on the details of my life. The real beauty of life is hidden in them. When I look at the bigger picture, I fail to see those little details and find myself lost in the rush. That’s why I have to pay attention to the smallest nuances. Because of the way we were raised, because of our society, we do not casually come across with the things that make us happy, we have to search for them. Details are very important for happiness.

How would you define minimalism?

For me, minimalism means making my life easier. Fewer items, fewer people if necessary, a softer, basic routine. These are the things that make my life easier, simpler… So, minimalism is essential to me.

Do you think that you are making sacrifices to be an individual that respects themselves, the environment and the nature?

I have to respect the nature, the environment, and myself. I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing in doing so, I think that’s how it should be. But when his is not a common normal, it’s perceived as a sacrifice, so when a few of us do it, we look at them differently. Think of it as doing good. For example, when we meet good people, we are surprised by this, but in fact, it is natural and normal, and it is what it should be. So, I think I’ve managed to make it a routine and I feel like it is the way I live my life. I don’t look at it as a sacrifice.

When do you say “never”?

The word “never” doesn’t really have a place in my life. Because in my previous experiences, I found myself doing the things I said I would never do and also seen people do things they would never ever do. Because the right and the wrong are purely subjective, the concept itself changes in the process. I cannot guarantee that the things I say never to now, won’t happen tomorrow. So, making bold promises in vain is not for me.

Rafael Cemo Çetin

How does making a difference start for you?

First, you have to be original. We live in a “copy-paste” age. Everyone is the same because of the internet. I want to be myself. I feel like if I practice my ar t and make a living out of it, I will never have to work a day in my life.

How important are the “details” for you?

Everything is a detail. Ar t and life are all made out of details. When I am making jewelry, if even the smallest detail of the smallest ring is not perfect, then the whole product will be ruined. The same thing goes for directing and film-making, and fashion. “Style is the answer to everything. And style is manifested through details.”

How would you define minimalism?

I care about minimalism. My style is minimalistic too, but there is a balance. I mean, if I wear a maximalist jacket or wear bold rings on every finger, I tr y to balance the whole style with a basic t-shir t or a minimalist look. “The best or simplest things in life are free. Less is more. That’s what sums up minimalism to me.”

Do you think that you are making sacrifices to be an individual that respects themselves, the environment and the nature?

Sacrificing for yourself, thinking for yourself first is my philosophy. I follow Ayn Rand’s philosophy called “objectivism” which is mentioned in her book, The Fountainhead. A healthy ego makes the individual good for the world and other people.

When do you say “never”?

Never stop believing.

Müge Bayramoğlu

How does making a difference start for you?

I think making a difference starts with yourself. I think the more you are yourself, the more difference you will make. If you’re doing what you love, with the right inspiration, you can make an immense difference.

How important are the “details” for you?

I do not focus on the detail for the sake of the detail itself, but for the sake of the bigger picture. I mean, that detail should add something meaningful to the bigger picture. Otherwise, all details are unnecessary.

How would you define minimalism?

For me, it is to express what you want to say or show in the clearest, simplest, but in the most creative way.

Do you think that you are making sacrifices to be an individual that respects themselves, the environment and the nature?

Personally, I’m trying to do my best. But the system of the country you live in also needs to support you, and I think it’s not the case for us yet.

When do you say “never”?

I am not the one to talk big. I try to use the word “never” as little as possible because we don’ t really know what life will bring to us.

Creative Direction Duygu Bengi
Interview Beril Odabaşı
Photography Hamdi Atay
Fashion Editor Aras Kılıç