Upholders' Apprenticeship Award


Darren Blackwell completed his Worshipful Company of Upholders' Apprenticeship and AMUSF Diploma with Distinction in July.  I was very pround to be his mentor for the last three years.


Congratulations Darren.

Class of 2017

Congratulations to all our students for producing some fabulous work this year.  Great results with over 93% credits and distinctions.


Our students also enjoyed some great visits this year and a special congratulations also go to all our competition prize winners:


Bute Fabric Prizes: Sally Mason, Caty Nolan & Christina Rigby

Kobe Fabric Prizes: Esther Blake, Sally Mason, Mel Davies & Rebecca Gentry

Bertram Chapman Prize: Mel Davies for her miniature Berlesque Chair

Heico Design Competition: Mel Davies, Gill Marsh, Gabi Fordham & Bridget Leadbetter.


Take a look at some of their work and visits:


Wendy Shorter Interiors Wendy Shorter receiving her Master Upholder Certificate

In February 2016 Wendy was honoured and delighted to receive her Master Upholder Certificate, seen here being presented by the Lord Mayor of London at Fishmongers Hall.  Upholder is the archaic word for upholsterer.  The citation reads:

"Wendy Shorter has been awarded the status of Master Upholder, having been assessed at the highest level in the art, craft and practice of the Upholder by the Worshipful Company of Upholders, recognised as a leading teacher and mentor for those pursuing a career in their craft, her dedication to the development and implementatin of the diploma courses in upholstery and soft furnishings, were taken into account as evidence required for the Master Certificate."

Ideal Home Show

A fabulous, but hard working six days demonstrating traditional upholstery techniques at the Ideal Home Show at Earls Court.  We were on the Prince's Craft Pavilion with other Friends of the Heritage Crafts Association trying to raise awareness and support for heritage crafts.  Crafts are a vibrant part of the economy, contributing £4.4 billion GVA to the UK economy each year, that's about the same as the petroleum industry.  The traditional crafts have almost 210,000 workers with a turnover of £18.8 billion - 78% of heritage craftspeople are self-employed and, therefore, support for and from the Heritage Crafts Association is so important.

Diamond Jubilee Luncheon - Tuesday 5th June 2012

Diamond Jubilee Luncheon - June 2012 Diamond Jubilee Luncheon - June 2012

Rachael Stevenson, one of my students, and I had the honour and privilege of joining The Master and other members of the Worshipful Company of Upholders in attending the Diamond Jubilee Luncheon given for The Queen by the Livery Companies of the City of London.


We arrived early at Westminster Hall to be entertained by the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain whilst we awaited the arrival of The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, direct from the Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St. Pauls. Rachael and I were delighted to be seated within six feet of the Duchess of Cambridge on the next table. If only we could have taken photos, it would have been great, but photography and sound recordings are strictly forbidden whilst in attendance of The Queen.


This was such a huge honour and a day that we will remember for the rest of our lives

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