Fashion Promotion alumna talks about her career journey
Fashion Promotion graduate, Tiwi Ndoro, recently showcased her work called 'Woke: Denim Style, Protest & Self-Expression - From MLK to BLM’ in the 2021 British Textile Biennial.
With a passion for the creative arts, Tiwi Ndoro decided to study BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion at the University of Central Lancashire. Talking about her degree choice, Tiwi said: “I've always been really creative and involved in the arts from a young age. I studied performing arts and textiles in high school and then went on to study creative music in college.”
She continued: “When I visited the campus and spoke to the lecturers, I immediately felt that I was in the exact place that would help me grow and develop as a creative, even though I wasn’t sure of the exact direction I wanted to go in after University.”
Tiwi graduated from UCLan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Talking about her experience, Tiwi said: “After finishing University, I inflicted so much pressure on myself to find a full-time job within the industry, not considering that I had finished University right in the middle of the pandemic.”
At first, Tiwi found it difficult to find a full-time role she enjoyed so she took various opportunities to see what would interest her as a career. Tiwi worked as a Freelance Social Media Content Creator and Manager for various companies, alongside working in retail. It was then that she was successful in securing a role as a Director for KYSO Project CIC, a not-for-profit organisation in Manchester.
KYSO Project CIC helps young people break barriers by offering activities such as drama and music workshops and confidence building sessions. Tiwi has been part of KYSO Project CIC for the last couple of years as part of their senior leadership team.
Talking about her role, Tiwi said: “I have a real passion for facilitating spaces for young people to grow, develop and achieve great things. The project board saw that and offered me the opportunity to be a Director, working closely with the senior leadership team. In addition, I run some of our online platforms whilst still looking for opportunities for our members within the Manchester area.”
"I had such a great experience, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I made such amazing friends and learnt so much about myself and who I want to be in the process."— Tiwi Ndoro, BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion graduate
In October 2021, Tiwi showcased her work ‘Woke: Denim Style, Protest & Self-Expression - From MLK to BLM’ as part of the British Textile Biennial. Talking about her greatest achievement since University, Tiwi said: “It was amazing to be given such an opportunity by Creative Lancashire. It’s amazing to be able to bring light to a topic that is so symbolic to black history and civil rights, which is something I'm super passionate about.”
Alongside this, Tiwi wrote an article about her ‘Woke Denim’ project which was published in the British Textile Biennial publication. Also, Tiwi is the winner of the Creative Lancashire Fashion and Textiles 2020 Award.
Reflecting on her lasting memories at UCLan, Tiwi said: “I had such a great experience, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I made such amazing friends and learnt so much about myself and who I want to be in the process.”
When asked about what advice she would give to those wanting to do something similar, Tiwi said: “Trust yourself and your ability to create. Take risks and put yourself in spaces that will stretch you and force you to do great things outside your comfort zone. Set goals and plan strategic and realistic ways to attain them. Don't be afraid to connect with people on social media. Network and utilise your network (Relationships are key!)”