I have two very exciting pieces of news to share with you.
The first is that after some careful negotiation with my landlord, I now have my very own workshop, less than a minute’s walk from my house, with access to a little kitchen, bathroom and enough space for all my ongoing projects. It means that my little house is free of all of the paraphernalia that comes with being an upholsterer (apart from one armchair too big to fit through the workshop door) and it is once again safe to walk around my house bare foot. I’m so excited about this because my sitting room was becoming completely overrun with all of the things I have acquired over the past few months. I have upgraded my stapler again and now own a monster air compressor as well so many bags of raw materials, whole pieces of furniture were disappearing under piles of coir and cotton felt.
There is a reason for all this chaos, and that is my second piece of exciting news. I am now officially open for business as an upholsterer in my own right. To kick this off, I have collaborated with the artistically minded Cheskie Baker of Cheskie Ltd to use some of her beautiful Indian and Moroccan handwoven fabrics to cover a collection of chairs and foot stools. The first pieces have already been finished (hence my lack of posting on here or Instagram for quite a while) and are available to buy from her website.
We are planning to continue collaborating and develop the range to include more styles and colours. In the mean time, if you are interested she has a wonderful range of cushions, throws, silverware and shawls that are truly hand crafted from start to finish, head on over to Cheskie’s site to find out more.
If you are interested in having a piece of furniture reupholstered by me, or have a piece in mind but also need help sourcing it, please get in touch via my contact page and I can give you an idea of costs and the time involved. I am based in Warwickshire although provided the piece can fit in a car, am able to pick and deliver commissions from further afield.
Since writing this piece, my workshop space has become less certain. I am on the look out for something more permanent but will carry on where I am for now.