Gönül Paksoy was born in the city of Ceyhan in Adana. After graduating from Yıldz Technical University as a Chemical Engineer, she pursued and completed a Master’s Degree at the Çukurova University’s Basic Sciences Faculty, researching the “Separation of and Introduction to Tar’s Compounds”. She subsequently earned a Doctorate Degree, presenting a thesis entitled “Utilizing and Sourcing the Organic Dyes of Certain Plants” at the same university’s Life Sciences Institute. After completing her Ph.D., she continued her research on organic dyes.

She resigned from her position at the university in the Spring of 1989. She continues to work with dyes, combining them with design; she is currently a lecturing professor at the Textile and Fashion Design Department at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s Fine Arts Faculty.