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ARt ChaiRs/Sarah Skinner

I’m an artist and creative upholsterer. My work has three related strands: I reupholster old chairs and footstools and have them for sale and as inspiration in my studio-workshop:

  • I like to use utilitarian upholstery webbing as a decorative feature in my work, usually it is tucked away underneath all the other layers of upholstery. I’m able to create unique designs for digitally printed fabric, scaled to fit a particular chair. I often use botanical subjects for this which have a direct relationship to the human body and medicine/herbalism.
  • I offer a reupholstery service: turn your old chair into an art chair!
  • And … I am developing an art practice around old chair frames which I find can be very sculptural, they echo the human body and I’m interested in the way that chairs support us and absorb from us.

Creative Genre

  • Artist/ Upholstery/ Reupholstery/ Sculpture/ Textiles/ Installation/ Mixed Media/ Conceptual/

Work Undertaken

  • I bring a creative
  • artistic approach to the reupholstery of old chairs and footstools
  • sometimes functional sometimes purely visual/conceptual. I create unique statement chairs in bold contemporary colours for the home or for businesses. I create bespoke fabric for the chairs I work on through digital print. I'm really open to ideas and approaches
  • collaborations ... ARt ChaiRs look great in photo shoots. Rescue
  • Recycling Ripping it Up Revitalising
  • Reimagining Reupholstery

Work in Education

  • I am an experienced Day Centre Activity Worker
  • I have lots of experience of working with elderly people and learning disabled people.



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