Derya Tecimer was born in Istanbul in 1972. She is a graduate of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University (MSFAU) Traditional Turkish Arts Department. Tecimer did studies on carpet, rug and old cloth patterns and silk dyeing. She took classes from Prof. Aydın Uğurlu, Prof. Kerim Silivrili, Prof. Zekai Ormancı and Assoc. Prof. Latif Taraşlı. Tecimer still works as an instructor at MSFAU Traditional Turkish Arts Department and gives silk dyeing classes at Pera Fine Arts High School. She has participated in over twenty exhibitions.