Interview with Sonja Tanrisever

HOW DID YOU START WRITING?
I was just a child, living with all senses! Throughout years of childhood until adolescence, there were forests, which became my shelter-like environments. I used to believe that there was a soul in each formation around me. I didn’t know that whatever I touched, smelled, saw or heard would leave so many traces of those times in my mind. Of course, I didn’t know in those early days how my life was going to turn out... and I wasn’t aware of that revived experiences of nature in those times would come to penetrate and linger in my soul through all the years until now… like some kind of gentle protective power that had inhabited my veins. I didn’t then know that this was what would become my lifelong search for perceiving such strong bounds of alliances with plants, animals, man… with greens, yellow, reds… and all those blue.

As a youngster, I kept writing and writing so that moments which were leaving strong impressions shouldn’t get lost! My pencil watched how seasons kept changing and how early winter times passed with thawing of snow. Then I kept noting down how everything got covered with whites which started driving in to coat everything in it’s cool whiteness, while leaving outstanding graphics of contrasting matters like wooden, natural old fences piercing up from where snow white areas were located.

Pencil of a spellbound child also kept tracking unforgettable views of breaks of the ices in lakes, and budding life of lilies in the valley during times of spring in the North.
HOW DID YOU START WRITING YOUR LAST BOOK?
Our project about these series of booklets has become a story about how many things can get interwoven… mingled and transformed into new synthesises. As always, first there appears an IDEA -all of a sudden, like as if from nowhere. Challenging, exciting and then you find yourself in the midst of everything.

Since the last 35 years, from time to time I had been writing about experiences in art education with children, and really wanted to share these with others. Besides that, meanwhile, many persons had asked me to go on, declaring that such kind of publications were very much needed in the market. Years and years did pass by though and my notes just kept multiplying. Until one day when my daughter Esin suggested that we together could work on this material and turn it into publication. Wonderful, so this meant that time had come now! Upon this, Esin began contributing with her own writings and together we started to really concentrate on our first project which was entitled “Free Art Learning With Kids.”
HOW DO YOU GET INSPIRED TO WRITE?
At any time, all of a sudden, a word or sentence may “pop up” in me... originating from patterns of “sparkles” sort of being carried around. Now these grow, expand and new kinds of flavors come to get added to previous writings.

It’s like a game. You carry seeds of creativity within your mind, and it seems as if these are just awaiting occasions to get realized and start to grow in unification with sheltering “soil”; grow into syllables sentences, chapters… Then you will feel refreshingly energized since space has been opened up for newcomer outlines to enter and take their breathes as well.
WHAT DOES WRITING MEAN TO YOU?
I love to experience the magic power which words can be in possession of. The greatest joy in writing occurs when components of the subject you are working on “fuse together”, while one is caught in an excited process of a creative “Flow”. Writing can also be a therapeutic mean for communication with one’s inner self in times of, for instance, frustration, sadness and anxiety. Writing does, in such cases, become an advantageous medium for formulating one’s personal standpoints which can bring a certain sense of clarity. In this way, sometimes writing, literally, becomes a source of healing and this can then be regarded as a prophylactic dimension of the writing issue.

When linguistic formations come to symbolize feelings and thoughts, in a way it’s like as if they live a life of their own, apart from ourself, and yet being completely interconnected. (This is, of course, a well known position of any artist.) Words then seem like fellows on the road. In them, you inhabit your hopes, fears and cares of all kinds.
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
The first in a series of instruction books on Free Art Learning With Kids on Recycled Materials. I found this subject very fascinating because children have such unprejudiced ways of approaching matters. According to the noted Finnish brain researcher Matti Bergström, children have “possiblity spectacles” through which they can perceive the World so that everything becomes possible, and in art everything is possible! Commodities which have been thrown away can become transformed into novel and highly valuable creations. Ability to perceive the World in such a modest and lyrical way is something I believe we should learn from children. The aim of the book I am writing on, can be seen as an intention to show what children can manage when they get opportunities to express themselves freely in environments conducive to art and imagination.
WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS?
When someone really sincerely tells about him or herself as an individual, writings become convincing for the reader. I believe it is essential to try to be true to oneself, not to be afraid of making mistakes and to try to enjoy the procedures of writing. At times, eventually this may become a little bit reminding of cooking(!). In so far that successfully added flavors may give rise to innovative and exciting blends.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A AUTHOR?
Writing;
• Promotes freedom of expression and, in best cases, requires mastership
• Supports self knowledge and broadening of personal mind
• Stimulates motivation for research in many fields
• Promotes analytical thinking and desire to comprehend structures of various kinds
• Expands depths in feeling life and sometimes, authors who manage to mirror emotional states of others, have the luck of getting offered privilige to act as spokesman for fellow men

Another point of view: an author has the chance to leave something created by him or herself behind.
Published 2016-09-22.
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Books by This Author

Free Art Learning With Kids, Introduction Book-I
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 23,470. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2016 by Esin Tanrisever. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Art / Techniques, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Art
A fresh and inspiring book on art pedagogy for preschool age children while their brains are most receptive. Writers are both Swedish Turkish artists and educators. Sonja has spent 57 years of her life with children and art, and Esin, around 20. Now they want to share their colorful experiences with the World. Parents and teachers can benefit from an instruction library going to be published.