Three Dimensionsby Polly Leonard
Cos Ahmet almost didn’t study art. But once he came to the realisation that art was the one thing that truly excited him, he decided to pursue it as a career. A turn towards textiles came later, but in some ways it was inevitable. After all, he had grown up with a seamstress mother and his earliest memories were of her working away with her sewing machine.
Cos studied Constructed Textiles at Middlesex University after discovering a passion for textiles during his Foundation diploma. At first, he was torn between fine-art and sculpture, liking both but wanting to work in three dimensions. It was Cos’s tutors who had other ideas and guided him towards textiles - it fulfilled all of the aspects of art that appealed to Cos.
The weaving process especially captivated Cos and eventually woven tapestry became his specialism. Cos was drawn to tapestry for both its ancient history and contemporary versatility. As a medium, it is tactile yet conducive to portraying a variety of themes. Cos’s work tends to explore ideas surrounding the self, identity, sexuality and the body - in this way, he becomes the subject of his work. Brain, heart, and organ-like structures, filaments and cords typically feature in his anthology.