‘Textile design with Turkish motifs’ competition organized and sponsored by Akbank (1970-71)

Kaya was awarded with one of the five winning prizes in the creative design category in the textile design competition organized by Akbank in 1970 with the final results announced in 1971. One of the competition’s goals was to encourage creativity in applied arts and to use Turkish motifs as the main theme of the event. It was also aimed to sponsor the young designers and to increase awareness toward the Turkish textile industry internationally.

The competition’s jury consisted of; Prof. Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu, Prof. Sabih Gozen, Harold Schmidt, Mustafa Aslier, Vitali Hakko, and Burhan Oytay.

Kaya’s achievement in this competition also helped her career to start in Vakko, which is one of the most prominent textile design companies in Istanbul, Turkey.

Solo art exhibition of Kaya’s paintings – Antalya, Turkey (December 11-21, 2010)

Kaya held her first solo art exhibition, in memory of Hélène Paulette Mireille Alpar, who has been a very close friend to her since the early 1980s. Mireille has contributed much positively to both her work and life with her presence and support always.

The exhibition took place in a historical part of the city of Antalya and contained over 45 paintings most of which were presented in this website.

From Lausanne to Beijing: 7th International Fiber Art Biennale
Contemporary International Fiber Art: Return and Transcendence

Kaya’s background in textiles resulted in her renewed interest toward experimenting and integrating her designs with different materials and media. In 2012, she was one of the selected artists among many other successful participants, to exhibit her artwork entitled ‘The Journey’ in the 7th International Fiber Art Biennale, held in Nantong, China. Her work of 75cm X 205cm, in three pieces, incorporated silk yarn, cotton, hand-dyed silk fabric and copper wire as the basic materials.

She is thankful to the organizers of the Biennale for their acknowledgement of her work, among many other wonderful artists, and also for their kind invitation for her to take part in the symposium.