Hello and welcome! 

I’m so glad you’re here.

Art, knit and crochet are my passion. I graduated from Central St. Martin's College of Art & Design, studied (BA Honours) Textile Design. I was born in Turkey and moved to London at 1997.After studying Fashion Design and working many years as a fashion designer, I changed my mind to studying again to Textile Design. Love colours, highly dyslexic and mother of a beautiful girl.

I have being knitting, cross stitching and crocheting since I was 9.My mum tough me everything I know. My personal interests;hand knitting, stream of consciousness knitting:) knitted felt, felt, stitch, embroidery, textile art, soft sculpture, crochet, macramé, machine knitting, colourful knitted creatures to striking upholstered furniture designs, rugs. 

I have always fascination with colour and texture. I love to give inspirations to everyone. I created my facebook page called Textile Design and Designers Platform while I study at Central St Martin. All of my friends were asking my opinion of their work and idea come up from there. I love to share, love to give inspirations to students or artist. After graduate I started to more focus on my facebook page and Fiber Art Now magazine editor (Marcia Young) found me from my page. She asked me if we can do something together. I started to help them to found English Textile Artist and called myself researcher. Then later on now I am writing also article about designers and their work. You can read my article to the magazine Fiber Art Now. Publishing in USA but you can subscribe from their web site.

My mail address you can rich me: erkandelfin@hotmail.com

As an Artist Derya Erkan:

Born in 1973 in Istanbul -Turkey.  After studying fashion design and working many years as a fashion designer in Turkey, she moved to London. She back to study again, first Art & Design distinction success after BA Textile Design degree. She received her BA from Central St Martin where she studied and trained as a surface designer and still work at times in this field. While she studying at CSM her work has being selected to become exhibition posters and postcard advertisements. After graduation show she joined New Designers Show 2012 and her work has being published on Turkish News Papers. She made a selection of home interior knitted pieces. Also last year of studying at CSM her work has being selected from WGSN Trend Company under WGSN project.

Derya`s  main area of interest is mixed media textile art & design, where she uses a range of materials and processes,  that enables her to produce unique contemporary artworks mainly range of fabrics, threads, paints and papers. Much of her work is about her observations of things around her. She likes to express her view about what is happening around the world. Recent her works are responses to political issues, specifically referring to the continuing conflict in the Middle East countries. She is driven to confront what continues to be the on-going reality of horrible life in the Middle East. Her objective is to raise awareness of conflict issues to a wider audience and attract public attention.

She had Art Exhibition Fundraising for Kobane & Sengal refugees at 2014 in Hackney. She has also undertaken corporate and domestic commissions. Also she wrote some textile research articles for Fiber Art Now Magazine publishing in USA. She recently had a exhibition at Blend Café in Haringey.Then Coin Cafe at Stoke Newinghton  in London.


  1. Hi, I'm Anna from Italy. I'm glad to show my textiles necklaces that I sew with design fabrics.
    Here you can see them all. I like your blog and I've put my 'I like at your Fb page.

    1. thanks very much. I will look at your page too..:)

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  3. Such brilliant work. Really beautiful :)

  4. Hi Derya, I've been following your facebook account for sometime now. Just signed up for the blog. I'd love to have you look at my work in needlework.
    You do great curating work!
    Orna Willis

  5. Congratulations aunt! You're our honor :)

    Kisses Xo (Sevinç)

  6. HI love your work , the old chapel would love to have you exhibit with us if you are able, we are doing a wedding event next march if this is anything you are interested in? octc@live.com

  7. Derya Hanım, e-mailinizi hiç bir yerde bulamıyorum. Acaba bana ulaşır mısınız? ebrucangazi@gmail.com

  8. Hello,

    my name is Kathrin Schank and I am a recent graduate of the Textile Design study program at Shenkar College for Art, Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Israel. I am looking for feedback on my new Online Portfolio:


    Thank you for any help you can provide,

  9. iam from india we are manfacturer we make different types of handloom products so how can i supply you?

    i want buttons from you..how can i buy it?

    1. Hi Pavan..Which buttons you wanted to buy. sorry for late reply.

  10. I absolutely love your work! Do you every sell pieces? Just curious. Especially love the one with trees in what looks like a stark winterscape. Gorgeous, just gorgeous! Keep it up. You bring beauty to the world. :)

  11. I’m Rita Li from Messe Frankfurt Hong Kong, I’m in charge of the Designer Studio Zone in intertextile Shanghai Home Textile Autumn fair. We have more than 20 designer studios in our show. Looking forward to cooperate with you!

    1. Praveen from Tiruppur08/08/2017, 03:35

      Hai Rita ,this Praveen from India ,we are into manufacturing newborn & toddlers garments , Iam in need of experience textile designers please do assist me , factory located at tiruppur,Tamil nadu,India .My mobile number 7660971199
      Mail id : suryaexports19@gmail.com

  12. Hi ,this is Praveen on behalf of fine & fair creations ,it's a export house looking for experienced textile designers in new born category 12 nos immediately.

    Ph : 7660971199 mail : suryaexports19@gmail.com

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  15. Your work is so beautifully and honestly tied to Nature. Very uplifting! Thank you for letting us soak in the colors, images, and wonderful textures.