Born in Izmir, Suhandan Özay Demirkan her art education at ‘Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Wien’, on Decorative Arts and Textiles and her Ph. D. at Dokuz Eylul University, Social Sciences Institute, Izmir. Awarded with “Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst” in Wien. She has taken an important active role in the establishment of ‘Fashion & Accessory Design Program’, Textile Department, Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Fine Arts.
The artist has tended in fiber art works from 1996 up to date and has taken part in 23 group exhibitions in Germany, Austria, USA, Ukraine, Poland, UK as an invited artist and had various solo exhibitions in Turkey. Works in collections and public buildings i.e. Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz Poland, Istanbul Hilton Hotel, Izmir Dokuz Eylül University Rectorat Building, Istanbul Textile Bank, Vienne, Alexandria, Cairo and USA. She had freelance works on interior and fashion design, textile and weavings with own techniques in Turkey. She had researches and publications on contemporary textile and weaving art, ethnic and modern jewellery and accessories.
Suhandan passed away in 2021. She was a full time lecturer and Textile Dept., head of ‘Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Fine Arts’ and led Fashion & Accessory Design Program and she kept on producing her artistic works in her Alacati Atelier in Cesme, Turkey.