Ceylin Cakar's master's degree collection, Garbage, focuses on Punk and occultist subcultures. Taking inspirations from Punk prints, the do-it-yourself culture, horror, and witchcraft, she aimed to produce an upcycled fashion collection using pre-owned garments and scrap materials. Hence she named this collection Garbage. Ceylin looked at designers who specialise in different fields throughout this project. As a multidisciplinary designer, Ceylin is passionate about fashion, textile and graphic design. The main inspirational practitioners this project were Ben Coppawheat, Jamie Reid, Charles Jeffrey and Linder Sterling. The vibrant and vivid color palette used in the project was inspired by Punk zines and graphic design.
Ceylin is fascinated by Punk's non-conformist, anti-establishment,anti-corporation beliefs and the importance of authenticity. She's also very interested in the D.I.Y culture, hence she decided to create an upcycled collection using waste materials. The initial idea of this project was to create a collection made out of trash and waste materials. Although the garments were not rubbish, she used trash to create prints. She repurposed the rubbish that she found at home, such as balloon nylon, milk carton, mesh net bags, scrap fabrics, and so on. She also re-used design samples from her previous projects, by manipulating them in Photoshop.
Along with the prints made from the rubbish, she also created artworks inspired by horror. For printing, Ceylin used the silk-screen printing method and created handmade prints at the studio.
This collection is made out of upcycled sweatshirts, skirts, jeans, shirts, blouses, bralettes, and bodysuits. Since she aimed to transform old and pre-owned garments into something new and more exciting, she used garments that she found in her closet and charity shops. She wanted to transform these garments into something punk and wearable again. She aimed to experiment with different materials and textile design techniques, such as appliqué technique. She also manipulated original screens with masking tape and scrap fabrics to come up with different prints.
These are the key garments from Ceylin's collection. Ceylin produced 13 upcycled garments. She collaborated with one of the photography students from her university.