Ela Kaşeli Akalın was born in Istanbul. She graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration at Anadolu University. In 1999, she took classes on color and design from Hülya Düzenli. Between 2000 and 2003, Akalın learned marbling art (Ebru) from Ayla Makas at the Caferağa Medresesi. In 2004, she continued to learn marbling at the Ayla Makas workshop. In 2004 and 2005, she learned calligraphy from Efdaluddin Kılıç at the Caferağa Medresesi. Akalın also took miniature class from Meral Aşan. Between 2008 and 2009, Akalın learned paper cutting (Kaatı) from Dürdane Ünver and Müjgan Başköylü at the workshop of Yıldız Palace Şale Kiosk, which belongs to the Turkish Ministry National Palaces, and obtained her professional license in paper cutting. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Istanbul. Currently, Akalın continues to work on cutting paper and marbling.
2003, Caferağa Medresesi group marbling (ebru) exhibition, Istanbul
2005, ISMEK General exhibition, Fehanei Istanbul
2005, Group exhibition, Galatasaray High School, Istanbul
2006, ISMEK General exhibition, Feshane, Istanbul
2006, 15th State Turkish Decorative Arts exhibition
2010, Traditional Turkish Arts Foundation "Istanbul and Erguvan Collection" exhibition, Bağlarbaşı Culture Center, Istanbul
2010, "Geçmişten Günümüze Mirasımız Katı" exhibition, Istanbul
Reference: klasikturksanatlarivakfi.com, İstanbul’un Ustaları (Istanbul: İstanbul 2010 Avrupa Kültür Başkenti, 2010), p. 112.