Ilke Usluca, Is now completed Masters about Alternative Ways of Recycling in Textiles in Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. Her project involves weaving, fashion, dyeing and recycling of old cables as an alternative solution for the usual recycling processes. She finished her BA in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in the Textile and Fashion Design Department in Istanbul. During her BA she completed internships with Ipekyol- Twist (a ready-to-wear brand based in Turkey) and fashion designer Bora Aksu. With clothing being the main interest, for her Erasmus placement she went to Escola Superior de Disseny, where she learned about shoes and shoe making processes and worked on leather shoes. In 2011 she also participated in a competition for Triumph Underwear where she was one of the 10 finalists. In 2013 she joined a collaborative project between Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Flensburg University. The project was about Morocco and old Barbarian bags. From starting with the old bags and old leather stitching techniques, by using embroidery she created 3 vests which symbolizes the change from tradition to modernism in the area and her works been exhibited in 2 different galleries. After graduating on 2014, whilst working at WGSN as an assistant and translating Trend Reports for Turkish customers, she also worked as a freelancer in different companies where she was designing prints for kids wear and womenswear for Zara, Mango and Bershka. During her work she was also being prepared for the ITHIB 8th Apparel Fabric Design Contest. She involved in production and weaving process as well. There, she learned more about the industry where she discovered sustainability is a must for the future of the textiles and fashion industry. After being the winner of the contest she is awarded a scholarship and she got accepted on the MA at Chelsea College of Arts. She has done an internship with Fyodor Golan for a month. She is also one of the finalists of ISKOOL Talent Awards and shortlisted for Swarovski Design Award & for The Denim Première Vision Promising Talent Award.
Freelance print designs have been done for a supplier for Inditex. Mainly kidswear and juniors, but womanswear and Zara Home designs were added in the end. Have worked for 8 months, we have been to 2 different meetings in Corona office of Inditex, 2 designs selected by the Inditex Group Designers.
Fashion and Textile Design
The Denim Premi
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