Algis Kemezys

Algis Kemezys
Ste Adele, Québec, Canada
June 28
Internationally exhibited Photographer/Documentary filmmaker, Sculptor, Dowser, Scrabble enthusiast, Geomancer, Iatromant, gourmet chef


JANUARY 18, 2012 4:38AM

Be Jeweled

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 Büsra Velioglu was born and bred in Istanbul to a life of making jewelry, but she discovered her vocation by chance in faraway South Africa when she was already in her twenties. On a round-the-world cruise with seaman ex-husband Cenap, she found herself in Durban with nothing much to do except search out other expats from her home town. Serendipity brought her in touch with Rose and Jacob, originally from Istanbul, Mecidiyeköy, and their stock in trade, shells, agates, colourful pebbles and other beach-found objects, ideal for making one-of-a-kind, idiosyncratic jewelry. Just like that a career was born that has fulfilled her life while delighting her customers.






















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 Once back home, she apprenticed herself to Atelye Cizgi, an Ortaköy workshop-gallery, where she developed a style and cultivated a design sense with pieces that proved marketable from the very first exhibition. She was offered her own workshop and store across the Bosphorus in Üsküdar, where she worked tirelessly at her craft, without much occasion to indulge in outside activities since during the same three-year period she had a baby boy and had to stay put to tend to his needs.

Büsra, in an effort to expand her repertory, took courses in techniques, especially the crucial craft of molding her designs in wax. But what really helped to mature her in the trade and develop her worldwide reputation she attributes to her time with master jeweler Gündem Ilkorun. It was Gündem who showed her that jewelry is a generous artform, where imagination and inspiration work hand in hand with a craft that has adorned human beings since time immemorial. 





















BÒÂÃÒÒÂÒüsra Velioglu 

It was also Bodrum-based Gündem who paved the way for Büsra’s relocation in 2001 from crowded, expensive Istanbul to the easy-going pace, clean air and vibrant marketplace of the south-eastern Aegean tourist haven. She spent seven years in Bodrum, and finally found her ideal home- base some ten kilometres up the coast in the smaller but equally beautiful Bitez, where her shop-cum-atelier reigns jewel-like on the village main street.

Here she spends countless hours diligently creating her earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets, as well as wall hangings and other art objects, using glass, pebbles, wood, leather, fabric, felt, bones, horns, coral, and precious or semi-precious stones mostly anchored to silver, her preferred metal.















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 She draws her inspiration from nature, but also from the Ancients, going back as far as the Trojans. Befitting the fishing heritage of her location, she is fixated on fish, whose geometric dimensions and aerodynamic minimalism she introduces as often as possible to her designs. 

Büsra Velioglu creates a new collection based on a different theme every season, often influenced by the colors and lines of the new trends in fashion, but always within the parameters of her traditional themes and original concepts. What makes Büsra special is that she creates personal and unique pieces of jewelry designed according to and in harmony with the character and style of like-minded customers, who develop on first contact an affection for her warm personality and an inalienable attraction to the unique vision of her designs, to the meticulous expertise of her workmanship. Nothing gives her as much satisfaction as to sell a piece to someone who admires her work. “It’s like finding a new home for a little part of myself,” she says. 

Bushra Veleglu 

 Büsra’s designs are available in Istanbul at“Takil Pera” Asmalimescit, "Asayra" Nisantas, "Marmara Otel-Pera" Taksim and "Bir" Kuskuncuk; in Bodrum at Marmara Hotel’s "Sufi Boutique" and at "Çerçim"; and of course in Bitez at her own self-mamed shop. If ever in the Bodrum area, it is very worthwhile to make a special trip to Bitez to meet the lovely lady and witness first-hand the birthplace of her creations.


Story by Byron Ayanoglu

 Photographs by Algis Kemezys (c) 2012


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For anyone who wants any of these works of art, please contact me and I shall give you Busra's email. I shall be posting a few new pieces she is working on in a couple of days as well.
Thank you for showcasing this truly original art, it is truly unique. Is there an official website with more pictures and a way to purchase some pieces?

Kind regards,
William Decugy
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William Decugy, OK I will ask her and get back to you.
I'm wondering if the world economy and lack of tourists is affecting her trade? Her work is beautiful. Thank you for showcasing her.
Beautiful work - the jewelry and your photos, Algis. Fascinating story.
Gorgeous, talented friend. Arrow heads from the sea!

Cool to exquisite.

Happiness! Thanks, Algis.
I love to see artists who can take something they find, and turn it into something not only valuable, but wanted, like a heirloom passed down thru the family for years!
Ahah. The first 'piece' would be meat and two veg minus one vegetable nest pa?
A bejewelled penis is an interesting thing to wear around One's neck if not Japanese I suspect....
They're beautiful! I love them. Thank you for sharing this with us!! :)
that is amazing, I love the shapes and colours!
Her ability to personalize pieces of jewelry with prospective buyers tells me she's harmoniously attuned to their keen senses of style.

I'm also prone to recycling all sorts of materials in various projects which inevitably become pieces of craftmanship others find deliciously peaceful.
Such beautiful work! She is very talented...I love how different they are!
beautiful- I have seen photos of jewelry and I have seen more photos as they say.
BUT I have never seen photos like this. Unique and made the items pop!
Only from you ma cher.
Beautiful photos of her unique and free sculptures. Some remind me of your stone sculptures. I am looking forward to seeing more.
rated with love and appreciation
Yes, I want one...something...unbelievably incredible. Thank you so much! This is just so great.
Wonderful pieces, Algis. I particularly like the cat pin (I believe it was a pin) and the cat with the mal ochhio.
What an eye-feast, Algis! I'd love to meet Büsra hanim and chat with her about her life and art; she sounds like a fascinating lady. The silver cat with a "nazar boncugu" dangling from its bottom is so calling out to me. Thank you for introducing her to us in this piece.
zanelle, Yes I think it is, but that is the case for everyone around the Med. but....Great work sells so I always see customs in there when I pass by her place.

Chicken Màâàn, Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks again.

J.P. Hart, Oh that is so nice. I am sure BV will like that one. Best and Thanks!

scanner , Yes that is exactly what I felt and upon reading this. You two are certainly in tune..Thanks again!

Jonathan Wolfman, Busra will love you for that. Are you married BTW?

CreekEnd UK, Hey hee ha..Good one and so to the point. Domo!

Midwest Muse, Oh anything to help out a good friend. Which is meant for the both of you and everyone.I do what I can...Thanks!

Poppi Iceland, Busra is going to love you for that! Thanks bigtime!

Belinda T., Yes you got that spot on. Thats what I admire as well. I am sure you impressed her with this. Thanks again and more..

Susie Lindau, Yes she is great and a fabulous chef as well. She is warm and embracing and the jewlery brings good luck or at least it has for me.

Busras FACEbook Page:
Wish I could make a trip to visit her shop in person! Really beautiful works of art.
Her life is an inspiring story for every artist and those who appreciate them. I felt so good reading this and knowing that someone is expressing themselves, enjoying their life and their work is appreciated. I love her things that you have showcased here. I especially like how some of the pieces are displayed on what appears to be painted canvas. My mind was racing at that with some ideas. She is very talented. I like her eye and how she sees things. Well done!
Fantastic story and pics. The jewelry is so original and lovely, really well done.
Another photo-filled beautiful post from you. Bejeweled. Bedazzled. Wonderful.
Busra has some very interesting pieces. This also makes me want to visit Istanbul again.
I always savor combinations of visual and verbal ...something you bring us so generously and often. Best to you both! I enjoyed seeing the breadth and variations of her work. r
Very cool and different jewelry. She's clearly a talented artist.
Me like. Me like. Does she have any hair clips? Rated with an Ila smile of course. :-)
Beautiful - both the jewelry and the photos
Linda Seccaspina, pleased to read that. Hugs and more...& Thanks too!

RomanticPoetess, Great...That is just wonderful. Thanks again for supporting Busra!

elizabethkirby, Thanks really great of you. We truly appreciate it..Thanks again.

Erica K, Oh I like that one too. Thanks so much for taking the time here.

FusunA It truly is my pleasure because she really is a fine soul. So glad you enjoyed and were inspired with the work. Thanks and more.

sophieh, Those two words are so fine..Thanks again..
Her jewelry is fresh and modern and ancient at the same time. Just beautiful.
Elegant craftsmanship. I see several pieces that I would love to have. Thanks for sharing this artist with us.
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* BEAUTIFUL SOUL AWARD!**** Once you have been given this award, you are supposed to paste it on the wall of AT LEAST 5 women/ men who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you are truly special....You rock!! Its just to appreciate each other. It is always sweet to know that someone thinks you're a wonderful and special Person ♥♥♥ you are dont ever forget.
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* BEAUTIFUL SOUL AWARD!**** Once you have been given this award, you are supposed to paste it on the wall of AT LEAST 5 women/ men who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you are truly special....You rock!! Its just to appreciate each other. It is always sweet to know that someone thinks you're a wonderful and special Person ♥♥♥ you are dont ever forget.
They are beautiful and this is talent. Just in case you don't get my PM, I just want to thank you so much for your much appreciated support and grace. Thank you, my friend. R
These were wonderful and I enjoyed hearing how she began and what inspires her.

It was wonderful of you to showcase her. Your soul is a work of art.
Interesting pieces but I also love the shots you have taken of Bürsa. Her spirit really shines through.
I may never go to a mall again! Loved the jewelry, photos, face!
Razzle Dazzle, Ok if you get here I shall guide you. THanks !

SheilaTGTG55, Well that is just wonderful and more. I am sure she will appreciate your creative juices flowing. Thanks bigtime.

Maureen J Andrade, OK wish you could see the real things to. Thanks again.

Mary Stanik, Oh that is just wonderful. Thanks Big time.M.

Stim, OK Istanbul and Bitez are waiting. THX!

A Persistent Muse, Thanks so much Busra will really enjoy reading that.

emma peel 2, Yes she is and thanks for that.

JALI 17, Ok i will ask her and get back to you if I don't forget.THX!

trilogy, Thanks so very much T.
Miguela Holt y Roybal, Oh so nicely said. Thanks big time here.

bluestocking babe,OK that is so very cool. Wish you could too.THX!
JANUARY 19, 2012 09:03 AM
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* BEAUTIFUL SOUL AWARD!**** You rock!! Its just to appreciate each other. It is always sweet to know that someone thinks you're a wonderful and special Person ♥♥♥ you are dont ever forget.

Linda Seccaspina, What can I say?
JANUARY 19, 2012 09:52 AM
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* BEAUTIFUL SOUL AWARD!**** You rock!! Its just to appreciate each other. It is always sweet to know that someone thinks you're a wonderful and special Person ♥♥♥ you are dont ever forget.

Kim Gamble, I am speechless...

Thoth, OK duely noted and thanks back cause you rock brother.

l'Heure Bleue, Yea h I wish you two could meet and I am sure she will love what you said. THX and Best !

VariousArtists, Yeah she does doesn't she. Thanks again VA.

mhold, OMG your so good. Thanks big time and more...

So sorry for the short replies these days. I have to share a computer and my time with it is always short because it takes me so long to do anything. All the best and thanks again for supporting this vibrant artist with your fine words and algis
I am amazed still...but I guess none of this is available on the net, which increases ones desire to see it first hand. Have you? I am reading your comment as I write, so you have answered me and yes, I would love her email.

Incredible art and share.
Dianne Schuch - Lindsey, Her facebook address is up above..

scupper, Thanks so much.
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She looks so happy, and you so clearly love her and her work. I enjoyed reading this, even though I don't wear jewelry.
Algis, so gorgeous!!! The shots, and the pieces.
Isn't it amazing how often serendipity plays a mighty role in how we discover our passions?

Quebec, eh? My mothers parent were from there; Tanguay was their name.
geezerchick, Oh that is just marvelous. Thanks again...maybe one day you will where something and maybe it will be Busras work.

MichelleD, Thanks so much for that. Cheers!

John A Bayerl, Yes you guess that one and I thank you for the comment. Cheers and Thanks!
Great story and nice artwork too.

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For Being real and timely with this post.

BTW I hope you have a good lawyer; I am so going to steal your intellectual property!!


Nothing personal but I'm the pirate they're taking temper tantrums about.
Nice stuff! I like the fish designs most of all, but those building pieces are very interesting things as well. Great photography once again.