Senior Lecturer Pre-degree

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  • Professional Practice
Jenny Hughes

Jenny Hughes joined UCA Pre-degree as a permanent member of staff in 2005. She is currently 0.6 Senior Lecturer and Pathway Leader for Fashion/Textiles Pre-degree.


Jenny studied Textiles Design at Central Saint Martins and Nottingham Trent University followed by a postgraduate diploma in Textile Art at Goldsmiths College University of London.

She was awarded a British Council postgraduate scholarship to study textiles and costume at the Applied Arts Academy in Budapest and also spent time conducting postgraduate research at Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen.

She has also worked as a visiting lecturer on BA (Hons) Fashion Design at UCA Rochester, BA (Hons) Textiles Design at Nottingham Trent University and Loughborough College of Art and Design and as a workshop leader for Deconstructed Fashion and Fashion Drawing for the National Portrait Gallery Young Peoples Programme.

She completed an MA Art and Design in Education from the Institute of Education University of London in 2008 – Thesis: Memory/Trace: an enquiry into the trace/memory as a creative stimulus both for personal studio practice and fashion and textiles students.

Jenny has exhibited her textiles at Premier Vision, Paris and at 100% Design London and continues to explore new ways of working within the textile medium. Based in London she has worked as a freelance textile designer, designing fabrics for fashion and interior clients such as Ralph Lauren, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jigsaw and Marks and Spencer.

Current work includes private commissions and the development of a range of digital print scarves and interior accessories.

Research statement

A thematic enquiry into memory/trace/history through the medium of textiles dress and mixed media drawing. Exploration of handmade textile media combined with digital print, deconstruction and eco-textiles.

Recent textiles and drawings have been inspired by myriad sources such as Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’, travels real and imagined and an ongoing fascination with the natural world.

Afterimage, memory and traces of the past explored through hand-drawn imagery, collage and bricolage. Personal narratives are unravelled, journeys taken to imagined destinations, histories fragmented and reconstructed.

Large-scale mixed media drawings on watercolour paper and digitally printed textiles on silk crepe de chine and silk satin are developed alongside smaller fashion and interior accessories.

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

2008 onwards:

  • IFL Grade: Fellow


1998 onwards

  • Hidden Art Exhibiting Member 
  • SEOS Exhibiting Member South East Artists Organisation
  • Consultancy and Freelance Textile Design: Printed and embroidered textiles for the European, Japanese and American markets.
  • 2008 Marshwood Vale Magazine Arts Awards Textiles
  • 1995 British Airways Young Artists Award
  • 1992 Anglo Danish Society postgraduate scholarship to Denmark
  • 1990 British Council postgraduate scholarship to Hungary
  • 1987 Courtaulds Design Award for Jean Paul Gaultier.
Jenny Hughes