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Fashion student’s DIY hacks videos go viral on TikTok


24, year old fashion designer and Tik Tok star Andrew Tinsley from Belfast is now a student at the London School of Fashion (UAL) after completing his Level 3 in Fashion course at Belfast Met.

Now in his second year at university in London studying Fashion Design Development, Andrew has a passion for DIY fashion and has been working on creating Tik Tok videos during the pandemic that showcase the creativity of his DIY creations and sketchbook designs. His videos have become a global phenomenon, having gone viral on Tik Tok - since starting his Tik Tok DIY videos in August 2020, he now has over 38.000 followers that have been viewed over a million times over recent months.

Andrew shared his career journey: “When I left school, I had only had one GCSE in Art and knew that I wanted to do something creative so I enrolled for the Level 2 Art and Design (Fashion) course at Belfast Met. It was during this course that I really enjoyed sewing and even though I had never sewn before. I got plenty of extra support when I needed it from my lecturers and after I completed Level 2 I took a year out to focus on building up my qualifications and skills and went back to the Belfast Met to study Level 3 in Fashion.

“It was thanks to this extra support from my lecturers and the Fashion Costume unit work I had done on the course to develop my idea, that I got onto the course at the London School of Fashion. I never thought that I was good enough to go to university, yet here I am in the second year of my Fashion degree.”

Many of Andrew’s designs are made from thrifted clothes which he reconstructs to create new patchwork, styles and distressed, bold pieces. As the vintage shops are closed at the moment, he was inspired to make clothing more fashionable with simple DIY tricks. His popular ‘Denim Series’ demonstrates how different fabrics can be repurposed, meaning lower cost and using fabric that it is sustainable and lasts longer.

Andrew added: “I have loads of new ideas and am working on Tik Tok freelance collaborations for my new online DIY series “Revamped” with different creators at the moment. My ’Making Tesco Fashionable’ DIY series that I am developing is going really well, and I’d love to work for a fashion house once I graduate next year and to develop social media content for smaller brands.”

Roisin McCaffrey, Curriculum Area Manager for Art and Fashion at Belfast Met, confirmed: “Andrew was one of our most talented students who thrived due to the support he received from his lecturers during his time at the College. He was very creative, dedicated and a joy to teach. We are so proud of Andrew continuing his studies in London where he can grow and live out his dream of becoming a world class Fashion Designer.”

Andrew’s talent in design and his hard work has enabled him to carve out a promising career in this competitive industry. You can see his inspiring design videos @ajxtinsley on TikTok.

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