I found my way, with the help of my GPS, to Fiyel’s Levent’s home and studio in Ridgewood, a quiet little neighborhood bordering Williamsburg. Like her work and her home, Fiyel exudes warmth, calm and peace. No surprise that she is a poet at heart, it is evident in the way she expresses herself in the physical and spatial realm.
Fiyel found her calling at Cooper Union, where she received her BA in Architecture. Her evolution into a gifted artist and architect has been richly informed by her love of Central Asian and Islamic architecture, and her strong connection to her Tatar ancestry. Her entire family escaped during the Russian revolution and settled here in NY.
To reconnect with her past, Fiyel won a travel grant to follow the Silk Road. During her spring break from architecture school, Fiyel conducted research in Istanbul on water systems, fountain infrastructure and ancient maps. Later, she was further inspired by the artist Ruth Asawa, and vivid dreams of her travels.
Fiyel creates lace-like masterpieces in metal, paper, wood and concrete. Using a combination of intricate, hand-drawn designs and laser technology, her beautiful and alluring lamps, headboards, wall dividers, and shutters come alive as light shines through casting ethereal shadows. Fiyel also creates original furniture and pieces for private residences, hotels, museums and stores. While experimenting with her designs on elegant cards for clients and friends, she found that they liked them so much she began to sell them too.
Fiyel’s beautiful and elegant creations would be a riveting display and lovely addition to any home. Her work will certainly add a special touch to the ARTery store and we can’t wait to represent her in our storefront.
Visit Fiyel’s website at: http://fiyellevent.com