We are pleased to introduce a new shoot to our ever growing team: Selvin Ülker has joined Van Gelder Jewellery per last January.
Welcome Selvin! Could you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Let me start with a little history of who I am; My name is Selvin Ülker I grew up in Veghel raised by two non-creatives, that decided it would be okay to let their little girl pursue a seemingly impractical career.
During my graphic design study I discovered my love for paper, the endless possibility’s form designing books to magazines hit me right in my heart. The binding techniques, different kind of paper-textures, layers of images flowing from one to the other… That all was the eye opening moment for me to merge my graphic background with fashion. In 2014 I started my study at AMFI – Amsterdam Fashion Institute within the branding department. To be honest, I now have a keen, critical eye when it comes to my job. Yes, I indeed believe that ‘the devil is in the details’ 😉
During my education I have learned to look for the story behind the image. Because if you see the ‘bigger picture’, the social-cultural aspect, it can enrich your perspective to enjoy or not, the image. Whether within art, film, design and music. The story behind the image, the little symbols (that I sometimes can lose myself in too!). But at the same time those details inspire me the most and give me the energy to create.
Like the van Gelder’s love to say: There is always more than meets the eye!
What are you passionate about?
Lots of things! I love Turkish literature, music, fashion, niche fragrances (have you ever noticed the poetic descriptions of perfumes?), traveling, discovering new cultures, the people, art, design, architecture and of course the gastronomy.
What are you proud of?
I always thought I was late in making decisions or finding direction in life, I think, look back now, I am very happy that I have chosen to follow my own path. It made me see and appreciate more, grow in a lots of aspects in life that I would not have learned or discovered otherwise.
What do you hope to find at VGJ?
Working in a creative atmosphere with likeminded people is such a luxury, if you ask me! I hope to combine our strengths, always keep a great working ambience, and learn from each other along the way. I am also very curious to discover more about the Indian culture, the heritage that inspires Noëlle & Fleur to create and design marvelous pieces of jewellery.
What can we expect of you at VGJ?
My quality is creating visually appealing concepts that turn into a compelling visual narrative. Through image combined with graphical designs, I create a visual mood that will enhance the beauty of every jewel that the Van Gelder’s are presenting.
Thank you Selvin, and welcome to our team! Welcome Selvin via email@example.com