Andrea is a City & Guilds qualified upholsterer who runs workshops from her private garden studio in central Altrincham, Cheshire. The philosophy of the workshops are to learn the traditional art of upholstery, in a relaxed yet informative way.
Having started her training in 2003 under a number of tutors, including David James, Andrea passes on the skills and tips she has picked up from her tutors and from her teaching. She ran a busy upholstery practise in Manchester until moving to Vancouver in 2010 where she started teaching upholstery, and continued to teach upon her return to the UK in 2012.
Plush Upholstery Workshops offers weekly morning classes, during school terms.
The business, although small, has been invited to get involved with a number of projects:
- supported local furniture charity The Furniture Station with upholstery training, offered National Trust workshops in Upholstery
- worked with Antique and Interiors shops such as The Lavender Tree in Alderley Edge and Agapanthus Interiiors in Stockport with painting and upholstery classes
- helped Sian Astley of BBC ‘s 'Getting the Builders in ' with her initial upholstery learning
- supported Zoe Glencross with the initial launch of her fabric interiors business.
More than just a learning opportunity the workshops are a place to spend time with like minded enthusiasts and to leave behind the worries and stress of daily life. After a num,ber of years of learning and experience, many of those coming now have their own successful upholstery businesses, and we work together as a supportive and caring upholstery family.
Whilst offering a full range of experience, Andrea's preference is for traditional skills and materials - sewing springs, using hair and traditional waddings and deep buttoning.
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