I always wanted to do something creative with my hands, so when I wanted to change my career I looked at many crafts.
To cut a long story short, after trying a part time course, I knew I wanted to learn more as I enjoyed every step of the process of upholstery.
In the beginning I didn’t have an end goal, I just wanted to learn more about upholstery, gain skills and see where that led me.
I chose Oxford School of Upholstery because I wanted to learn full time, Monday to Friday, non-stop. I liked the immersive approach but also I liked that I could enrol anytime of the year and the flexibility. However, most of all, I had a very good feeling about them from Rachel’s reply to my enquiry which I had sent from Japan.
I came a long way from Japan and although I’d had good communication with Rachel I didn’t really know what to expect but everyone was really friendly, very helpful and there was always a good spirit in the workshop. I loved being there and I was absolutely hooked by upholstery, the atmosphere of the school, the people I came across. That’s why I kept coming back to learn!
I found it very unique, creative and international environment.
Not to mention there were people from all over the UK, there were also students from Africa, from France, Thailand and I was the student from the furthest but soon there was someone from Canada, America and Australia as well!!
The quality of the teaching was very good, I learned so much. Especially I learned from skilled, experienced upholsterers. Each of them had their different skills & techniques which I could obtain.
I learnt traditional/modern, English/French upholstery techniques, as well as a life time experience but I didn’t stop with upholstery I also learned how to make hand sewn and drum lampshades soft furnishings and curtaining there.
As I learned more about upholstery I gained confidence and my ambitions grew. All chairs and sofas are different. There’s always something new to learn. I just wanted to learn more and more and I really wished I could work for the company.
My dream came true! I joined the workshop as a team member in 2012 and worked with them for about 4 years gaining experience.
Now I run my own upholstery/soft furnishing business in Cumbria. I couldn’t have imagined how my life would be changed by upholstery…
初めまして、日本で椅子張りの修行をしていますフクナガ サヤカと言います。今、私はイギリスで椅子張りなどの勉強を受けようか悩んでいます。そのことについて、遠藤 友嘉里さんにお話をお聴きしたいと思っているのですが、可能でしょうか？
Oxford School of Upholstery says
Hello I am very sorry for the long delay before contacting you. I have just translated your message. I would be happy to ask Yukari Endo to contact you and let you know more about our courses. She trained with us here in the UK and now has her own upholstery business. I’m sure she would be happy to answer any of your questions about our courses.
Thank you for contacting us.