Duygu Ebcim, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, London College of Fashion, is setting up a new and exciting UAL alumni group.  Here she talks about her motivations for setting up the group.  All alumni are welcome to meet her at the very first meeting, which will be in Istanbul on 4 April.  If you have any questions about the event you can get in touch with Duygu here.

What’s your favourite memory from your time at London College of Fashion?
One of my class mates and I chose the same inspirational subject to work on without knowing each other but after realising it, we kept working on the same subject. At the end of the project both of us built and submitted totally two different portfolios.  It was an inspiring moment that showed me how creativity is endless and only you can vary it.

What do you do now?
I am working for a ship-owner company (as it is the family business) but I am also working as a freelance designer mostly focused on womenswear (tops, blouses and dresses).

What has been your greatest achievement?
Once I saw one of my collection pieces that I made during my time at LCF, as a Ready-to-wear collection piece of one of my favourite designers a couple of years after my graduation, it was like a moment of confidence for myself.
I always try to get the most from the environment that I am a part of – experience, people, information, inspiration, and to always keep my connection alive in every aspect.

Did you keep in touch with many of your old classmates?
I still keep in touch with many of my classmates. Unfortunately and luckily we are spread to the different parts of the world. Unfortunately; since it is hard to keep in touch in this situation, and luckily; because it gives us opportunities to observe different cultures and to gain news from these regions first-hand.

What made you want to set up the UAL Alumni group in Turkey?
The number of graduates from UAL in Turkey is increasing, and a promising art and design environment is developing here. I think being connected would be helpful to Turkish Alumni to be a part of this, while opening new doors in the professional world as well. We should give more importance to networking for more achievements.

When is the first Turkey UAL alumni group’s meeting? What can someone hope to gain from coming along?
Our first event will be April 4 at OPS Cafe in Karakoy, Istanbul. Since it is going to be the first meeting of our Alumni Group we are trying to reach as many people as we can. Everyone is welcome!

When: Saturday 4 April 2015
Time: From 1pm
Where: OPS Cafe, Karakoy, Istanbul
RSVP: mailto:ualalumniturkey@gmail.com

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