Amy Richardson’s uncle Mark sold The Big Issue in Kings Lynn. He suffered from mental illness and alcoholism throughout his life and died in 2015 while homeless.

Four years on, Amy is about to graduate in Fine Art and Psychology at Reading University. Using tragedy to call for change, Amy’s final show is inspired by her uncle.

Called There’s Nothin’ Soft About Hard Times, it consists of nine cushions highlighting the issues that lead to homelessness and exacerbate the situation, embroidered in a method that is like using a sewing machine as a pencil or paintbrush.

As Amy explains in the captions, each cushion depicts a scene from her uncle’s life.

See more at and in the gallery above