We’re holding our second sell-out Upholstery workshop this weekend, so we thought it was high-time we learn a bit more about our wonderful tutor, Victoria, what inspires her fabulous designs and how she started out in the upholstery game.
How did you first get into Upholstery, and what attracted you to it?
When I was a child I was always into arts and crafts, probably because my Mum is an artist, but I wasn’t great at drawing or painting. Around 10 years ago, I drifted into office work because I still didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I felt I needed a creative outlet. So when I found Upholstery on the Edinburgh Council courses list, I thought that was probably suited to my skills and I turned out to be pretty good at it!
Why do you think Upholstery is such a great skill to learn?
There are so many possibilities, furniture is such a big part of physical life. Every job I get is unique, even if it’s yet another Parker Knoll, the fabric is always different and you can make subtle changes with detail. You can’t beat the satisfaction of making something with your hands, that’s why I love teaching. Even people with no experience or who aren’t naturally handy can go home with something substantial and practical for their home.
What are your favourite projects to work on?
My favourite projects are full traditional restoration and recover; the worse the condition the better they look after a full refinish of the woodwork, reshaping with new fillings and a beautiful fabric. I recently finished a 9-month course at the Chippendale International School of Furniture, so I want to start making furniture from scratch. I think that will be extremely satisfyingly.
Your designs are always so varied, and range from very modern styles to more classical pieces. What inspires you in your designs?
Everything and anything. It really depends on the piece and what it’s destined for, if I’ve picked up a nice bit of fabric, or if I’m just playing about when I’ve got better things to do! Oh and Pinterest – there are millions of awesome things to inspire you on the internet.
How did you first get involved with Remade?
Remade approached me a couple of years ago and asked me to get involved teaching Upholstery. The first time I declined, and the second time I went in for a chat and you sprung a panel interview on me! You were all so nice and it’s such a good idea that I was delighted to get involved.
What are you currently working on?
I’m restyling an old green deep-buttoned suite into something modern and fresh. It’s going to be a complete transformation so I’m pretty excited for the before and after.
Do you have any other passions?
Many. All the usual stuff; friends, family, animals, and nature. This time of year I’m getting excited about the Christmas village (commonly known as the ‘German Market’), as I like Gluewein and partying!
Us too, Victoria! Thank you so much for speaking to us, and we can’t wait to see what transformations you come up with next.