Umut Yamac and his life & work cycle in London
Dear Umut please tell us,
Who you are
I am an Architect and designer from London with Turkish roots. I trained and practiced in Architecture before deciding to set up my own studio to focus on smaller scale projects where I can be closer to the process of making, and use my hands and intuition to create work.
Creativity is openness, following a path, intuition, getting lost, going the other way, not knowing where you are, exploring, moments of elation, uncertainty, frustration, focus, discoveries, experiments, failures and never quite reaching a conclusion.
Structure your creative process
I am also really interested in Sister Corita Kent’s 10 rules for students and teachers which were also highly valued by the Artist/Composer John Cage as suggestive of a structure for creativity, in particular:
- Rule Four - Consider everything an experiment
- Rule Six – Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win or fail, there’s only make.
What makes a city creative? List 5 aspects
- Affordable rent
- Supportive community
What makes your city creative?
I think what makes London creative is all of the above apart from no.3! I think the key to London’s creativity lies in its diversity of people, culture and place. But to be truly creative I think a city has to better support the creative industries – the artists, designers, jewellery makers etc – which requires a shift in thinking away from monetary value towards social and cultural value. A creative challenge in itself!
Visualize the map of your city showing your life and work cycle