I’m Sharon O’Connor and this was my training journey…
Following a twenty year career in fashion, I retrained with the Association of Master Upholsterers and the Cass Art Faculty of Design before starting my business, Vintique Upholstery, in 2013.
From my studio in Sunbury-on-Thames, I reupholster pre-loved items of furniture, restoring them to their former glory to create bespoke, statement pieces.
I love the craft of upholstery, but when I was training, it felt like I was navigating this new world blind.
There was little in the way of guidance before I started and even once I’d finished training. I learnt from trial and error, which took longer and cost me more.
I am determined to make things better for new upholstery trainees and enthusiasts.
To make information more accessible and the upholstery industry a more welcoming place.