Val Hughes has always loved all things 'art and design'. Her passions include 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. She 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 Anne Boleyn collection. 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. Val has worked in numerous educational settings across the UK, and 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 magazines worldwide. Val lives in the Pennine Hills where she continues to develop her work.