NEW YEARS RESTORATION: A series of masterclasses, talks and networking events with our associates in craft and design.

WELCOME!

The perfect excuse to get together.
Join us for what promises to be an exciting few days of inspired exchanges of knowledge, stories, tips and tricks from our network of enthusiastic creatives, makers and experts.
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Programme of Special Events

Day 1 - Collaborative Creatives

FRIDAY 21st JANUARY 2022

Day 2 - Skills for Sustainability

SATURDAY 22nd JANUARY 2022

Day 3 - Traditional Upholstery

SUNDAY 23rd JANUARY 2022

Day 4 - 'Making It' with your favourite artisans

SATURDAY 29th JANUARY 2022

Day 5 - The Salvaged Home Show

SUNDAY 30th JANUARY 2022

Bristol Upholstery Collective is an AMUSF Training Centre, beaming with ideas, passion, expertise and enthusiasm.

They provide additional opportunities for their students enabling their confidence with the skills they are taught.

An incubator for independent upholsterers with shared values, Bristol Upholstery Collective is a growing community. Collaborating with local designers, creating unique products and educating consumers towards 'slow interiors' and investment in longevity.

Bristol Upholstery Collective aims to sustain the traditional craft of upholstery, promote collaborative relationships, forge a deeper understanding of materials and the future of our independent creative industries.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be reinvested into facilities to provide further training opportunities and support for start-ups and enthusiasts. A larger commercial premises on the horizon, that promises to facilitate all of our needs and welcome visitors from all around the globe to a new Bristol Independent Craft Destination.

Your support and participation are very much appreciated.

Join us in celebrating the successes of 2021, and to gather momentum for a positive 2022.


Upholstery Exhibition 2022

18th - 30th January 2022

10am - 6pm

Bristol Upholstery Collective is an Association of Master Upholsterers Training Centre providing the industry qualification and creating livelihoods.

Every year we exhibit the incredibly skilled and hard work of our Diploma students to celebrate their successes and unique styles.

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EXHIBITION


Creative Start-up

FRIDAY 21st January 2022

10am - 4pm

Surround yourself with those who elevate you and your potential. Everyone is a creative.

Are you bursting with ideas and not sure where to start? How do you turn your creativity into a thriving livelihood? 

Connect, collaborate and create!

 

Hear from an enthusiastic Bristol line up of women business owners representing D.I.Y pattern Design, Interiors, Upholstery, homeware products and a growing independent creative industry.

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EVENT DAY 1

The Chair Party
Launch Party 2022

4pm - 6pm

FRIDAY 21st January 2022

The Chair Party never ends, with individual chairs made by independent upholsterers, we celebrate energetic and exciting design.

After a long time in the making, our online retail site is ready to provide the chair obsessed and interior designers looking for 'one off' statement pieces as part of their 'slow interiors' ethos. This is the place to find the chair you are looking for...

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EVENT DAY 1


Skills for Sustainability

SATURDAY 22nd January 2022

10am - 5pm

The Second Sitters are joined by Alex Law, Vanessa Butt and Rachel South in a much needed Q&A on the topic of sustainability, specifically in the upholstery industry

Purpose-driven professionals and consumers are starting to value far more than a bargain.

What can we do as craft education providers to our craftspeople and consumers?

How can we sustain our heritage crafts processes and implement change?

Why do we need to be sustainable?

What action is necessary for the future of our industry?

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EVENT DAY 2


Traditional: Upholstery Training 

SUNDAY 23rd Janaury 2022

10am - 5pm

We are honoured to welcome the Queen of Upholstery, Wendy Shorter MBE, and her recently inherited Chapman Collection of fabrics once belonging to the Queen of England! 

If you are an upholstery diploma student (or are thinking about becoming one) this is your day to get all of the juicy details for research projects, learning upholstery, how to gain experience, start up as an upholsterer and thrive in a facinating industry.

Meet Robbie Richardson of Stuff Stitch Magazine, The Guild of Traditional Upholsterers, The AMUSF, Directors of AMU Training Centres and fellow students.

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EVENT DAY 3

EXCLUSIVE MASTERCLASSES