Upholstery 101 – Art Chair in Progress
An Upholstery Apprentice Story
June, 2014: Almira is a wonderful upholstery apprentice who is helping me in my upholstery studio. In exchange for her help with my projects, she gets to work on her own ‘art chair’. She chose a window-back dining seat as her project, for its potential to add a unique artistic element (scroll to see the ‘After’ photos!).
Art Chair in Progress: Deconstruction
‘Before’ re-upholstery: Almira picturing the design possibilities
Deconstructing the chair back
Upholstery deconstruction: down to the springs
Art Chair in Progress: Reconstruction
Fitting the seat fabric
Stapling the seat fabric
Meticulous pinning of the fabric around the ‘window’ back
Almost ready for the Art part of the chair!
Art print installed – working on the finishing touches
Art Chair Before & After
August, 2014 Update: Fini!
Time to celebrate!
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