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Upholstery with Randa Ibrahim

Upholstery with Randa Ibrahim

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When:

  • Tue 20 Jan ’15, 9:00am – 4:30pm
  • Wed 21 Jan ’15, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Where:

Centre for Fine Woodworking, 465 Wakapuaka Rd, Wakapuaka, Nelson Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

During this two day course you will sculpt your very own bespoke ottoman / bench and upholster it in a fabric of your choice. The stylish bench frame will be constructed here at the school prior to the course and will created from beautiful European Beech.

The course uses both modern and traditional techniques and over the two day workshop you will learn how it was done in the past in contrast to the present. Students will concentrate on traditional techniques whilst using modern materials - using coconut fibre instead of horse hair and staples instead of tacks. There will be no foam used when sculpting your frame and whilst the materials used are processed by man, they are almost all natural materials - the hemp plant, coconut husk and cotton, which are all environmentally friendly.

From start to end this piece will be beautifully handcrafted by you. Each bench will have its own shape and feel that is individual to each student.

During the course you will learn how to use tools correctly and safely, building your confidence at home. You will leave this course with a wealth of knowledge and basic tips that will get you started with small upholstery jobs you've always wanted to do.

Course fee includes all materials except fabric.

Originally from Ireland, Randa Ibrahim moved to Edinburgh, Scotland in her late teens to further her education completing a Diploma in Interior Design. During this time, she realised her real passion for chairs, and intrigued as to how an upholsterer made each chair look and feel as they did, decided to embark on a career that would shape her future, an upholstery apprenticeship.

Randa gained employment with Edinburgh's most prestigious upholsterer Peter Homes at Be Seated. Peter's attention to detail and logical approach to each chair piqued her interests in upholstery and here she learned all aspects of the upholstery trade, using both modern and traditional techniques.

Randa can now proudly say she has become a talented specialist in restoration and reupholstery of chairs, with her main interest in antique chairs, mid 20th century design classics and sculpting bespoke chairs to suit each client’s needs.

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