Textiles are an exciting art medium of their own, and Val Hughes exceptional themed collections showcase their versatility with stunning panels, wearable art, wall hangings, bags, jewellery and accessories. This book contains an in-depth look at how Val draws inspiration from history, archaeology and the landscape and conjures incredible mixed media textile artworks from deceptively simple felting and free machine embroidery techniques. Each collection is explored through themed galleries of her inspirational wearable art as well as step b step projects for you to try. Learn how to recreate Val's unique, contemporary style, and create wonderful textile art of your own.
Val Hughes has always loved all things 'art and design'. Her passions includes history, archaeology and the natural landscape, all of which remain powerful influences over her work. Since graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) in Art, Design and Textiles, and completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Val has pursued and developed her skills in felt making, free machine embroidery and mixed media.
Val has exhibited her extraordinary work at major shows including International Craft and Hobby Fairs and Twisted Thread. She is a Member of the International Felt Makers Association has been awarded Distinction Status by the Society of Designer Craftsmen for her work on Anne Boleyn. Val has worked as a tutor and lecturer for the Embroiderers Guild and regularly runs workshops and lectures for The Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. She has also worked on community art projects including those for The Woodland Trust, National Trust and Educational Medical Service.
Her wearable art collections have been exhibited internationally and appeared in various publications including Workbox Magazine, Echoes Journal and Australian Fibres.