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Upholstery - Sutton Valence Village Hall

Day of week:
Sutton Valence Village Hall, Maidstone
13:30 - 16:00
8 weeks

This course is currently full and online booking is not possible. Please call 03000 41 22 22* to register your interest. We will contact you directly if we can accommodate you.

This Upholstery course in Sutton Valence, Maidstone, is a practical course where you will learn traditional skills appropriate to the restoration of their chosen item. You will be introduced to the tools and equipment associated with the craft of upholstery. Please note this course does not teach loose covers. Demonstrations and tuition will be given both to the group and individuals.

Please note that, though the parking is good, there is no storage at the hall so your piece must be transported each week.

By the end of the course you should be able to:-
- Demonstrate an awareness of Health and Safety relevant to Upholstery and the Workshop
- Prepare and use the appropriate tools and materials
- Display and present skills you have learnt relating to the tools and techniques of Upholstery
- Demonstrate an a working knowledge of Upholstery terminology, tools and materials.

The session dates will be: 9, 16, 30 January, 6, 20 February, 5, 12, 19 March

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Franco Marinelli

Franco's upholstery career started in Italy where he trained as a traditional upholsterer. After qualifying in both traditional and modern upholstery and specialising in leather upholstery, Franco moved back to England in 1982 where he worked with a local upholsterer before setting up his own workshop (Franelli) in 1985.

Franco is committed to the preservation of traditional crafts and to the development of time-honoured skills associated with traditional upholstery and with a wealth of experience in furniture restoration. Qualified in both traditional and modern upholstery and specialises in leather upholstery. Franco is a member of The Association of Master Upholsterers, and a Leather Master Craftsman. He has been made a Fellow of the Master Upholsterers for his service to the trade. Franco Marinelli FAMU.

In January 2015 Franco was accepted by The Worshipful Company of Upholders as a Freeman of the Company through progression from being a Fellow of the Master Upholsterers for his service to the trade.

In October 2015 he received the Freedom of the City of London, and in January 2016, Franco was honoured to be clothed as a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Upholders. Since 2017, Franco has been on the board of directors for the AMUSF.

Franco's years of experience gained him many valuable skills to be passed on to others so began teaching in 2005, and now a lecturer/ Upholstery course leader at The London Metropolitan University. In March 2020, Franco was awarded the Masters Upholder Certificate in Upholstery awarded by City of London Livery companies with the City and Guilds of London Institute. This was presented by the Lord Mayor of London at Mansion House.

View all courses taught by Franco Marinelli here

How will I be taught?

Craft courses provide an opportunity for students to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for a chosen craft to a higher level. Students will also be expected to research and respond to the design aspects of craft. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques. Students will be encouraged to look at the work of other craftspeople and artists, both contemporary and historical and keep a sketchbook/ notebook to record goals/ ideas, processes and progress.

It is important to note that craft courses are practical, requiring a degree of manual dexterity. Students will need to participate fully to get the most out of the course. Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople.

You will be working on your own individual project. There will be one to one guidance, group critiques and self assessment. You will also receive verbal feedback from your tutor.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please bring your chair, screen, stool etc to the first meeting. You might like to bring an old blanket to cover your work table. Do not buy any specific tools until you have consulted with your tutor, but bring a wooden mallet, a small headed hammer (or magnetic tack hammer) a tack lifter or old chisel, scissors and a Stanley knife. Further equipment can be purchased as the course progresses. Please remember that upholstery tools can be HAZARDOUS and keep all sharp tools points and blades covered and contained in a suitable toolbox or bag. You will need a dust mask. goggles and latex and cotton gloves. Suitable shoes should be worn, no opened toed shoes or sandals.

Please bring some plasters with you and also some bin bags to take anyway any waste materials from your project.

Please note upholstery fabric and tools can be expensive to purchase. Please consider this before enrolling onto the course.

What can I do next?

Your tutor will be able to advise.

What do I need to join the course

There are no pre-selection requirements for this course. This course is for beginners and those with some experience.

Getting to your course

Find us

Sutton Valence Village Hall
Maidstone Road
Sutton Valence
ME17 3LS

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code MAI/136432/N/PF.