Dila Demir

Welcome to my creative space. I am Dila, here I share the things I make and explore. I hope you will find something inspiring.
Enjoy your visit! 

  1. Pain Creature
  2. Caring Companion
  3. Squeaky/Pain
  4. Aura

Artistic Explorations
  1. Pain Creature / Performance
  2. Odyssey for One
  3. Metamorphosis
  4. Second Skin
  5. Memory Space

Design Space: Dila & Mathilda
  1. Woven Narratives from Anatolia

Publications & Presentations

Exhibitions & Demo Days

Teachings & Workshops & Reviewing


Please feel free to get in touch with me for inquiries and collaborations.


Publications & Presentations

Book Chapters

Nimkulrat, Nithikul; Demir, Arife Dila (2023). Promoting Wellbeing through E-Textiles. In: Bloomsbury Enyclopedia of World Textiles. Vol. 10. (Textile Futures). (forthcoming)

Journal Articles

Demir, Arife Dila; Kuusk, Kristi; Nimkulrat, Nithikul (2022). “Squeaky/Pain: Articulating the Felt Experience of Pain for Somaesthetic Interactions”. Temes de Disseny, 2022, Num. 38, pp. 162-178, https://doi.org/10.46467/TdD38.2022.162-178.

Demir, Arife Dila, Nimkulrat, Nithikul, & Kuusk, Kristi (2022). ‘Squeaky/Pain’: Cultivating Disturbing Experiences and Perspective Transition for Somaesthetic Interactions. Diseña, (20), Article.2. Retrieved from http://www.revistadisena.uc.cl/index.php/Disena/article/view/33007

Neves, Inês Rodrigues; Reyes, Claudia Diaz; Pachi, Ismini; Demir, Arife Dila; Kuusk, Kristi (2021). Creative exchange through joint responsibility: designing performances in multidisciplinary teams in the educational context. Research in Arts and Education, 1/2021.

Conference Proceedings

Demir, Arife Dila*; Oktay, Nesli Hazal*; Kuusk, Kristi (2023). Cultivating and Eliciting Felt Experiences for Design Use: Physical Manifestations of Abstract Bodily Experiences. In Proceedings of the Design Research Society Special Interest Group: Experiential Knowledge, EKSIG 2023. *joint first authors (forthcoming) (article)

Popova, Kristina; Park, Jooyoung; Demir, Arife Dila (2023). Conquering the silence, exploring the uncomfortable together: A collective exploration of discomfort as a design resource. The 10th Nordic Design Research Society (Nordes) Conference. June 12-14, Sweden. (workshop proposal)

Demir, Arife Dila, Joo Young Park, Claudia Núñez-Pacheco, and Marianela Ciolfi Felice (2023). Designing with the Body in Unhabitual Movements using Visual and Textual Elicitation Tools. In Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’23). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), https://doi.org/10.1145/3569009.3571845 (workshop proposal)

Demir, Arife Dila (2020). AURA: Altering Self-Perception Through Interactive Light Emitting Textiles. Proceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society. ACM Digital Library, 1−3. DOI: 10.1145/3419249.3421234. (extended abstract)


Kuusk, Kristi; Oktay, Nesli Hazal; Demir, Arife Dila (2022). Sensorial Design: Feel, Move, Interact! In Design Journal Leida 1(1). https://leida.artun.ee/en/issues/technocriticism/sensorial-design-feel-move-interact


Demir, Arife Dila. Third Peer Review Event Presentation of the project the Pain Creature. Reviewers: Claudia Núñez-Pacheco and Michaela Honauer. Hybrid, Tallinn, Estonia, February 2023.

Demir, Arife Dila. Caring Companion: Materializing Bodily Experiences for Somaesthetic Interactions. Conference presentation in Futurescan5: Conscious Communities. Online, September 2022

Demir, Arife Dila. Second Peer Review Event Presentation of the project the Caring Companion. Reviewers: Claudia Núñez-Pacheco and Vasiliki Tsakniki. Hybrid, Tallinn, Estonia, August 2022

Demir, Arife Dila. First Peer Review Event Presentation of the project ‘SQUEAKY/PAIN’. Reviewers: Danielle Wilde and Claudia Núñez-Pacheco. Online, April 2021