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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Yuhan Zhou

Show RCA work

Major project:

Dream Talk

With the background of a textile designer from Royal College of Art, Yuhan Zhou, loves to capture a sense of memory and bring it to her work. The selected works are inspired by ‘dream talks’ from scary dreams. 

In Sigmund Freud’s theory, dreams are expressions of desire; they are amplified versions of the subconscious mind. They are the shadow of our daily life. By editing a video of shadow puppets from scary ‘dream talks’, Yuhan Zhou aims to make the dreams alive and raise audiences' thinking; 'how do you know your life is real and that dreams are dreams? Maybe real life is only dreams.'


  • As someone with a background in textile jewellery design, Yuhan Zhou loves to capture a sense of memory and bring it to her work. She is good at expressing memories in a contemporary, visual way.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Garment Design and Technology (Textiles), Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • A Beginning of an End, Hoxton Art Projects, London, 2019; Work in Progress Show, Textile Department, Royal College of Art, London, 2019; Work in Progress Show, Dyson Gallery, London, 2018
  • Awards

  • Excellence Award, Meidengsi Cup, National Colleges’ Household Soft Adornment Design Competition, 2015; Excellence Award, National Textile Design Competition and International Theory Symposium, 2015; Excellence Award, National Colleges’ Seventh Honglulan Cup of Adornment Design, 2015; T-shirt Modelling Contest, Jiangnan University, 2015
  • Funding

  • National Scholarship, 2014
Royal College of Art