Meet the Teach Team...

 

Here at Bristol Upholstery Collective we encourage an enthusiastic culture of skilled, professional upholsterers who are passionate about their craft. Who are continuously developing new techniques and sharing their knowledge.

The Bristol Upholstery Collective Teach Team is made up of talented and highly trained Association of Master Upholsterers Diploma Students. Most of whom have begun their own independent upholstery businesses, and thrive in collaboration with their clients.

Not only do they share their expert skills and knowledge, but our company cultural values too.

The BUC Teach Team run the Bristol Upholstery Collective leisure classes during evenings and weekends. This makes our leisure classes exciting, productive and enjoyable experiences. 

 

Whether you are a complete beginner or more experienced, our Teach Team can help you achieve your upholstery dreams.

Introducing the BUC Teach Team

What excites me most about upholstery?

EVERYTHING! I love how varied the work is and how every stage of building a chair is different

 

What’s my favourite upholstery tip/trick?

I like things to be neat so I often make templates to make sure measurements are accurate. Using hands and fingers is another great way to measure

 

What can a newbie upholsterer expect?

Never to be bored again!!

Jacqui

What can a newbie upholsterer expect?

Lucy

What excites me most about upholstery?

Having the opportunity to create something new and unique. The curves and the straight lines!! The endless creative possibilities. Breathing life back into something that has lost its sparkle (and shape!). Seeing the layers of history hidden underneath antique chairs. Discovering the same traditional upholstery techniques and methods that have been used for hundreds of years that I am now able to recreate. Prolonging the life of furniture rather than letting it become part of the dreaded landfill. 

What’s my favourite upholstery tip/trick?

When you think there is enough stuffing - there probably isn’t…..Keep stuffing!! 

 

Document the process well when stripping down the layers. It will help you endlessly when reupholstering! 

 

Practice, practise and then practice a bit more.

 

What can a newbie upholsterer expect?

To be immersed in a creative, colourful, supportive, collaborative world of exciting possibilities and opportunities. Don’t hesitate - Just do it! 

What excites me most about upholstery?

Seeing the potential in a chair, looking past its tired exterior and what fabulousness it can become really excites me. For this, I try to think what the chairs' new home will look like, who will take her in and where she will take pride of place, giving her a story on her future. And as I love things to be different and stand out from the crowd, I am trying to work with fabrics and designs that are out of the norm. Life is too short for boring furniture.

 

What’s my favourite upholstery tip/trick?

In homage to Armand, I now only use the French way to work with coir. Instead of rolling multiple balls, I roll strips of coir around the bridle ties. Being pre-teased, I feel it gives the chair a better look.

 

What can a newbie upholsterer expect?

If you are joining for leisure or wanting to take the leap into the full Diploma, expect to become obsessed! From fabric styles and patters, to looking at late-night chair-porn on Instagram and Pinterest, it will be all you think about. Even when shopping for furniture, you will start looking at how well it has been put together – DFS, look out!

Heleana
Bey

What excites me most about upholstery?

 

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What can a newbie upholsterer expect?

What excites me most about upholstery?

 The emotional roller coaster of every new upholstery project! You start with optimism, then bafflement (sometimes despair) then gradual realisation and eventually joyful fulfilment. And then bizarrely you do it all over again on the next chair project.

 

What’s my favourite upholstery tip/trick?

 I don’t attempt anything that involves maths after 4.30pm!

  

What can a newbie upholsterer expect?

 Growing addiction to hoarding chairs! Beware the following symptoms – looking for empty corners around your house where you can ‘store’ yet another chair and then sneaking another one in when no one is looking.  

Ali
Beka

What excites me most about upholstery?

I love the process of upholstery, the practical nature of it where I can get stuck into making something. Doing a bit of problem solving for tricky bits can also be a lot of fun.

 

What’s my favourite upholstery tip/trick?

Keep an eye on things as you go! Solve problems before they're problems.

 

What can a newbie upholsterer expect?

They're are so many different ways to approach a chair and each new project will probably teach you something new

What excites me most about upholstery?

 

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What can a newbie upholsterer expect?

What excites me most about upholstery?

 

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What can a newbie upholsterer expect?

Kim
Anna

What excites me most about upholstery?

How you can take a limited range of materials and create a variety of shapes and profiles depending on how you use them and what you do with them. I am also passionate about reducing waste so reupholstering instead of buying new is a great way of both extending the life of a piece and reducing consumption.

 

What’s my favourite upholstery tip/trick?

Take it slowly, be kind to yourself and don't be afraid to undo and start again if you are not achieving the shape you want.

 

What can a newbie upholsterer expect?

At various points sore hands, sore back, tired eyes and a tired brain. But also the fun and satisfaction of delving into the history of a piece and then becoming part of its history as you build it back up to give it more years of life and use.

What excites me most about upholstery?

 

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What can a newbie upholsterer expect?

What excites me most about upholstery?

Every project is different.  There are always surprises and you always have an excellent excuse to spend hours poring over beautiful upholstery fabrics

 

What’s my favourite upholstery tip/trick?

Try to think one step ahead; always have a plan because you are making preparations for the next layer.

 

What can a newbie upholsterer expect?

Expect to be on a huge learning curve and to be pushed to your crafty limits. You will be challenged, probably frustrated at times but most of all it will leave you totally fulfilled and hungry for more. You will also meet your new upholstery family who are the most supportive, talented bunch and they love stopping for cake!

Grace