City Girl Arts: My Passion is Creativity

I've always craved creativity.

My mother taught me how to sew early on, and I added to my interests and skills on my own as life went on. I took up painting canvases and then furniture. Then I discovered upholstery. Not just any upholstery, though. My hands longed for the kind of skills that old-world artisans practiced with springs, burlap, twine, wood wool, cotton, horsehair, tacks and hand stitching. It's like sculpture to me. After initial training with a master upholsterer and studying countless old books on the fine craft of what is known as traditional upholstery (no foam, and natural, time-tested materials), I have set up my business to design and craft seating pieces upholstered in the old-world manner on the inside, but with colorful, bold outside coverings that make a modern, artistic statement. These are functional, durable works of art.

Below are a few examples.

 
Upholstered Vintage French Side Chair
Upholstered Vintage French Side Chair
Italian Carved Fireside Chair in Designer Contrasting Velvets
Italian Carved Fireside Chair in Designer Contrasting Velvets
French Shield Back Chair Fronts
French Shield Back Chair Fronts
Kidney Bean Settee in Designer Velvets and Down-Wrapped Cushion
Kidney Bean Settee in Designer Velvets and Down-Wrapped Cushion
 
Gilded Chair French
Gilded Chair French
 
French Houndstooth Chair with Leather Accent
French Houndstooth Chair with Leather Accent
 

In addition to creating these pieces for sale, I take commissions.

If you can imagine a piece taken from history, built up inside with natural, sculptural materials, and topped with fascinating fabrics, contact me; I'll make that for you. I keep an inventory of lovely vintage chairs, or if you have a favorite you'd like to redo in the traditional manner, I'm your City Girl.