My journey in upholstery began at the age of 15 when my mother introduced me to a friend who was a traditional upholsterer, I spent a year with him and then went on to do another year with a more modern upholsterer learning a variety of techniques.
Being young and wanting to experience other things I left the craft for 8 years doing different kind of work from cake decorating to sales, eventually finding myself working as motorcycle despatch rider. Although it was well paid and quite exiting to start with, it would never be a career, and certainly would not allow me to be creative.
The London College of furniture was the only college I had ever thought of attending, and I made a successful application in 1993 to do a 1 year course and going on to achieve the City and Guilds certificate with distinction.
From that moment my life changed, I had started on a path that led me to work with lots of creative people on some amazing projects. Today I am completely immersed in the creative process, and in particular love collaborations such as the one with Nicky Oliver at Black Fox Bindery. Together we combine our different hand skills and bring life to salvaged pieces of furniture, giving them a new and wonderful look.