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Tribal Glitch

A daring combination of multi-cultural design, created using an all-over digitally manipulated print on photoshop.

'Clash Of Culture'

The visualisation represents the collaboration of bi-cultural designs developed to contextualise the collection.

Roza Hetherington

Roza is a textile student specialising in fashion and innovative textile designs. The project theme is the relationship between two unique and contrasting cultures which forms the ethnic heritage and identity of the designer behind the collection. Roza’s DNA is a multicultural fusion which blends Indian and Scottish ethnicity and heritage.

Roza’s bi-cultural blending of identities and inspiration has ignited her creative mindset to provide a diverse vision to explore the textile traditions, designs and fashion of each background. Through research and development, she created her own visual ideas, designs and an overall cognitive interpretation to establish a concept of glamour and personal expression. The project contains historical, conceptual and contextual research which supports the collaboration and partnership of the designs and ideas. Roza recognises the need to adapt, upskill and develop alongside current market and fabric trends in line with future forecast demands. A profile was created to understand current trends, colours and types of fabric best suited to support the collaboration of the theme.

Roza honed her ideas towards embroidery patterns using the sources from traditional tribal textiles within both cultures including tartan. An example of tribal designs that captured her interest was from the Gujarat region of Kutch where embroidery motif patterns are inspired by Romantic, Persian and Mughal art. Roza collaborated tribal designs with tartan patterns of coloured criss-crossed, horizontal and vertical bands. Her drawing led to the development of a series of digital creations using Adobe software to overlay and replicate designs to create digital interpretations.

The samples demonstrate knowledge of handmade embroidery, digital and different techniques of print, sewing machine techniques and embellishment. Roza’s range of sewing machine and handmade skills ensured the project was personalised, eye-catching and unique towards the collection.

Elements of Roza’s collection depict the process of laser cutting which created sharp and intricate patterns. These materials were layered onto other patterns – enhancing the hybridity of the two cultures merged together. The creativity of new techniques and design process has allowed Roza to deepen her understanding of the needs, innovation and aspiration to create fashion and textile designs.

The project has allowed Roza to demonstrate the verve to explore herself and develop as a designer in all aspects of textiles, design and innovation. Roza’s aspiration is to be employed in a dynamic, leading fashion brand. This project has inspired her career ambitions to gain an in-depth understanding of historical, cultural, social and creative factors that contribute towards changes in fashion. Roza intends to enrich her knowledge on the evolution of materials and fabric to create an innovative hybrid fashion within future-thinking solutions.

Final year project

Clash Of Culture


'21 Diploma in Professional Studies.
'19 selected to be an exhibitor at Première Vision Paris.

Work Experience

Suzie Turner Couture - Embroidery and Embellishment Intern.
In July 2019, I interned at Suzie Turner, a small couture company that designs and creates unique handcrafted gowns using the finest fabrics, sophisticated embroidery and intricate embellishment. I was eager to develop my hand-skill designs to enable the creation of exquisite and unique beadwork and embroidery. This included being able to adapt and progress my experience and skills as a multi-media designer. Initially, I was thrust into a fast-paced environment with deadlines and personalised demands. I quickly adapted to the expectations of the designer and this enabled me to be allocated projects and responsibilities. The placement permitted me to embark on numerous exclusive and individualised projects that examined my abilities. This opportunity allowed me to improve handcraft techniques and explore the extent of couture fashion skills.

Anne Kyyro Quinn Design: Studio Intern.
Anne Kyyro Quinn (AKQ) is a manufacturer of bespoke, handcrafted, interior textile designs. I made a conscious decision to join AKQ which was stimulated by the desire to learn skills in creating 3D tactile surfaces and intricate designs. I quickly immersed myself within the team and was able to assist with the design process, providing ideas with the production and creation of fabrication samples for large acoustic panels.

This opportunity allowed me to contribute to various large-scale installations for clients worldwide. This included being part of the team that created and formed the backdrop design for the main stage at the Surface Design show 2020. I was able to experience involvement in the world of high-end interior design. The knowledge of creating three-dimensional, tactile textile, custom-built for large designer yachts has broadened my knowledge and mindset. The vast physical nature of the design was at first overwhelming but being part of a small close team gave me confidence and immense satisfaction on seeing the completed project. I grasped the concept of creating bespoke textile displays. It provided me with the inspiration to push boundaries relating to the fabric manipulation and to learn about the creation of striking designs.

Warehouse Fashions: Design Intern.
As an intern working for Warehouse, I gained valuable insight and experience whilst shadowing a designer working for an established fashion brand. I was requested to create mood and fabric boards, colour packs and to complete trend research for future collections. Additionally, I assisted the designers with various monthly overviews for upcoming products and edited CADs with colour, pattern and print samples using InDesign and Illustrator.

I also helped by creating pattern tracing and fabric packs for the design team, documenting magazine entries and updating trend books. The team taught me vital skills in learning how products are finalised and put into production. I quickly became integrated into the working environment. This gave me an insight into; how the production process worked, how to keep pace with the latest fashion trends, designs and collections in the current market. This opportunity provided me with the confidence to express my abilities and gain valuable insight into the work of a fashion designer.