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SDR News – Feb ’17

So we have been busy. But things are about to get very busy. Very, very busy for us here at Shoreditch Design Rooms!

In fact I’d say the next few months will undoubtedly be the busiest period we will have ever undertaken.

As well as seeing and helping all the final end of year pieces of our Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 accredited students come together, we will also be involved in a huge new 4 week project in April/May with Heals (see the separate article) but we will also part of London Craft Week from 3rd to 7th May.

Papa Bear Chair by Hans Wegner

For London Craft Week we will be opening our studio up to the public to come and see us work on and upholster an iconic piece of designer furniture throughout the week – we’re hoping this will be a Papa Bear chair by Wegner which will be stripped right back and built up with  various updates and pics throughout the week.

Then on Sunday 7th May we will be holding a  3 hour upholstery taster workshop where people can come in and upholster themselves a brand new footstool for them to take away. As soon as all the details are officially released by London Craft Week, we’ll let you know!

Earlier this month our Diploma conversion course students finished their half year course with some spectacular results – both in terms of actual credits and distinctions but mostly by the sheer quality of the work they produced. The AMUSF assessor was amazed by the phenomenal standard of the work but also by the ambition and complexity of some of some of the pieces undertaken.

Most of our conversion course students have done all their upholstery training from Day one with us here at Shoreditch Design Rooms so we are incredibly proud of everything they have done and achieved…and this album of photos should inspire everyone on our current courses about what’s possible! Click CONVERSION COURSE PICS

Gareth and his American ladies!

They are one fine pair of boots

Gareth (who was the main tutor for the Conversion Course students as well as also looking after some of our Stage 1 and Stage 3 students) recently flew out to San Diego to run a short course in traditional upholstery for a group of American upholsterers who had never been taught any traditional techniques  – they had never used any hair or fibre before let alone any stitching.  They begged him to stay, but I’m glad to say Gareth is safely back at SDR from this week…(with a very nice new pair of cowboy boots).

Finally, Electra, a very good friend of SDR, is currently interested in finding an upholsterer to share her studio space in Seven Sisters. If anyone is interested all the details can be found HERE