Hazal Gumus Ciftci

Hazal Gumus Ciftci
The Ohio State University | OSU · Department of Design

Doctor of Philosophy


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Hazal Gumus Ciftci finished her PhD studies at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA), Lancaster University.She teaches industrial design and foundations at The Ohio State University.


Publications (4)
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A considerable amount of social impact projects promise the revitalization of the crafts sector and empowering of the artisans. While a part of ongoing projects around the world might be considered successful, the rest loses the essence of working with the craftspeople and is rather another design project for consumerism. Therefore, this research e...
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Ceyizlab is a research project tackling with çeyiz (trousseau)-a traditional gift-giving to the bride in Turkey. Due to the societal changes, çeyiz is under a transformation. By looking at the past and speculating about the future of çeyiz, our research question emerged: Can we envision scenarios that would turn the existing transformation of this...
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This paper presents the results of research that investigates the barriers, restrictions, opportunities, and potential of crafts in Eastern Turkey and it brings design for sustainability principles to the future development of this sector. Field trips to Eastern Turkey revealed the challenges and issues of traditional handicrafts along with potenti...


Projects (2)
This research investigates- through practice-based design research- if there is a role for design and, if so, how it can best contribute to the positive development of traditional crafts.