Eliza Nell Hughes

Specialising in printed textiles design, using sustainable methods, digital illustration and collage as a main focus in my practice.

Final Project

A Letter to John

‘A Letter to John’ is an interior collection, sustainably created,
to help console and uplift loved ones after losing a partner in
old age. – Specifically looking at revamping my Grandma’s house, after our Grandad passed away in 2021.

Aims of the Project

The aim of the project is to breathe life back into the spaces they shared, using inspiration from the memories, objects, photos and hobbies that illustrated their years together. 

The Collection

The collection consists of simplistic but colourful designs using texture and line drawing as a focus, with each piece portraying a meaningful, lived story. 

Materials and Upcycling

All materials used include deadstock fabric and any found resources in their house or his garage, such as pine wood for the side table, nails and wood stain. I also sourced vintage pieces from their house to up-cycle, such as a Scandinavian- style chair, a foldable pine stool and wooden ladder for display purposes.

Journey to the Show

A double cloth jacquard blanket inspired by the checks from my Grandad’s shirt collection. He wore these everyday and now most of these me and my sister wear.

A double cloth jacquard fabric of the ducks at the bottom of their garden. Drawn in real time with a continuous line and translated into a block repeat for chair upholstery.

A double cloth Jacquard blanket inspired by the contrasting checks my Grandma wears, with a pair of illustrated swans appliquéd at the bottom. A symbol of eternal love.

A digitally printed illustration of cows grazing in the flood plain opposite my Grandparents garden. A surprise to see in summer and one my Grandad loved.

A screen printed quilt of the collection of keys my Grandad kept from his travels. One in particular being the key to our holiday caravan in Norfolk from our childhood.

A screen printed curtain of motorbikes he owned throughout his life. He had many hobbies, of which motorbikes were one and MAS674 being the most recent.


  • UAL Short Courses: Sustainable Textiles with Paulette Colman (August 2022)
  • My work on Autism (ASC) from 2nd Year Semester 1 project, was featured in a ‘Diverse Voices in Textiles’ Exhibition in Loughborough’s Martin Hall, June 6th– July 29th 2022. 

Work Experience

The Secret Garden Party

I created a series of Harm Reduction posters for the Secret Garden Party 2022, using collaged typography and painted textures to create fun but informative outcomes to be displayed around the festival. I had to be confident and self- driven to produce a successful outcome.

Trad Collective

I interned at Trad Collection over a month period in 2022, helping prototype upcycled garments (wrap skirts and shirt dresses), upsize patterns and create content for social media. I enjoyed learning how to upsize patterns and create seamless reels, which I can utilise with my own Instagram.

Visionary Thinkers

Visionary Creators

Visionary Makers