Turkish and Syrian female duo launch mosaic art business

Zemzem Gök is a mosaicist from the Antakya district, in the south of Hatay province. Three years ago, she met Syrian artist Fatma Dendüş, also a mosaic artist, via social networks. Soon after, the duo began creating decorative art together, turning their hobby into a business venture.

Gök and Dendüş first prepared mosaics using colored stones and ceramics from their respective houses. After a while, however, they decided to open a workshop to practice their art comfortably and make their hobby financially viable. They became business partners and ran their workshop from the ground floor of a house in Antakya.

Money poured in as they sold their parts, and the business grew. They then hired 40 Turkish and Syrian employees.

An employee works on a mosaic in the workshop of Zemzem Gök and Fatma Dendüş, Hatay, southern Turkey, December 12, 2021. (AA)

Thanks to their passion for mosaics, Gök and Dendüş developed their business by selling their pieces in Europe, the Middle East and the United States via social networks.

Gök told Anadolu Agency (AA) that she had learned the art of mosaicism through a training program. Gök said that she was engaged in this art as a hobbyist for some time.

“Then I met Dendüş via social networks. After developing a friendship, we decided to turn our hobby into a business together, ”she added.

Implying that they get along well, she said: “Working with a Syrian partner is a good feeling. I think we are on the same page. As I can speak Arabic, we have no problem understanding each other.

Zemzem Gök poses with a mosaic she prepared with Fatma Dendüş in their studio, Hatay, southern Turkey, December 12, 2021. (AA)

Zemzem Gök poses with a mosaic she prepared with Fatma Dendüş in their studio, Hatay, southern Turkey, December 12, 2021. (AA)

Syrian national Dendüş emigrated to Turkey with her family in 2015 due to the ongoing civil war in her country. Explaining that she had been dealing with mosaic art for about 15 years in her country, Dendüş said: “After meeting Gök in Hatay three years ago, we decided to open a business together. Then we hired a few employees. As our business grew, the number of employees increased.

The duo with their employees usually produce mosaic paintings. However, they also create necklaces, rings and crowns decorated with mosaics. According to Gök, some people also visit their workshop and buy products.

They now want to teach mosaic art to more people and aim to expand their business to provide more job opportunities for women. “We especially want to employ women who do not have the possibility of working outside and having children here,” added Dendüş.

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