ADDRESS Interview with Erbil Tezcan of Wool and Silk.

Describe your creative process. I refer to myself as an interpreter not so much as a designer. I will see an image, or a piece of an image and my mind visualizes it coming to life in the form of a rug design.

Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? My biggest inspiration comes from nature. There is so much beauty in nature that I feel it is the best place to be when I am looking to fuel my creativity.

What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? I have always believed in creating for the love of the art and not for external rewards.  The key to success is love, passion and hard work. If you trust in your art everything else will follow.

What’s your dream project? A couple of years ago I was asked to create a rug that encompassed the entire history of Afghan rug design to be featured at the Smithsonian Institute. I found this project both challenging on an individual level and meaningful for telling the story of the Afghan Artisans. I would love to be part of another collaboration like this that extends beyond just the design aesthetic.

What art / design trends are you excited about? I notice a lot of design lately has to do with blending the outdoor environment with one’s indoor environment. I love the symbiotic relationship that exists when opposing factors can cohabitate.