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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Chia Hsin (Cindy) Yu

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    Photographer: Chia Hsin Yu

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    Hard Knit
    Photographer: Chia Hsin Yu

Major project:

My vision of Taiwan

The initial inspiration came from the childhood memories of Chia Hsin's vision of Taiwan. As the younger generations of Taiwanese have become so accustomed to modern culture that they, ironically, often feel like traditional Taiwanese culture is alien to them. Taiwanese culture is developing rapidly with the effect of modernisation, globalisation and the internet; all contributing to new ways of obtaining information, new forms of influence, and new ways of living. Consequently, traditional practices and habits are gradually forgotten, as the Taiwanese youth adopt a more westernised culture.    

Alerted by the prospect of losing heritage, Chia Hsin had a look through details of temple roofs, old building's window cages, patterns that form cement fences, old tiles, and other traditional handicrafts. These decorative elements and patterns were not only made for decoration, but also have many different layers of meaning. In Chia Hsin’s work, she strives to make her samples more meaningful, functional and beneficial; for enjoyment through lights and details. These new ways would allow the new generation of Taiwanese people to understand and appreciate the meaning of their traditional culture. 


  • Chia Hsin graduated from London College of Fashion. While she was studying at the Royal College of Arts, she started to develop more materials and explore possibilities, which could be used in other fields, such as interior, product, accessories, etc. Due to her fashion background, she is able to use her fashion sense to further inspire her comfortable luxury textile design. She strives to increase the influence of traditional Taiwanese culture by handcrafting with various materials in her textiles; while also focusing on the completion of her samples. Although being a knit textile designer, she had explored many other elements to achieve different fields of use.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fashion Knit, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, 2017
  • Experiences

  • Siblings, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • RCA & Priestmangoode, Priestmangoode Studio, London, 2018; CHEMFEST, 2019
Royal College of Art