Ilke Usluca

FREELANCE DESIGNER

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

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About me

 

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.

Skills

 

  • Fashion
  • Apparel
  • Print Design
  • Woven
  • Design
  • Pattern Making
  • Sewing
  • Textile Design
  • Bedlinen
  • Curtains
  • Soft Furnishings
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Photoshop

Work history

Currently

Freelance Trend Translator

WGSN

Feb 2013

2016

Assistant Designer

Archive Design

Jan 2016 - Jul 2016

2016

Assistant

Offset Warehouse

Dec 2015 - Jun 2016

2016

Production Assistant

James Hock

Sep 2015 - Jan 2016

2015

Intern

Fyodor Golan Ltd

Jan 2015 - Mar 2015

2014

Senior Print & Graphic Designer

Inditex Nan-art

Dec 2013 - Sep 2014
  • 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.

2011

Studio Assistant

Bora Aksu LLP

Jun 2011 - Sep 2011

Education

2015

MA Textiles

UAL

Aug 2014 - Aug 2015

    2014

    BA Fashion and Textile Design

    MIMAR SINAN Fine Arts University

    Aug 2009 - Jan 2014
    • Fashion and Textile Design

    Awards

    2015

    ISKO Denim, Iskool

    • The Denim Premi

    2015

    ISKOOL Digital Prize

    • Second Place

    2013

    8th ITKIB Apprel Fabric Design Awards

    • Ranked 1st http://www.itkib.org.tr/duyurular/sirkuler/dosyalar/8_kumas_tasarim_yarismasi_bb.htm

    2011

    Triumph Inspiration Awards

    • Finalist