Clerkenwelll Design Trail: 20-21 September 2022

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Upcycling Demonstrations and Workshop from members of The House of Upcycling

Tuesday 24th May: 12.00
Upcycling Demonstration: Gilding
Jo Edge Reclaimed & Reloved

Wednesday 25th May: 12.00
Upcycling Workshop: Decoupage
Kata Roberts Studio Twentyseven

Thursday 26th May: 14.30
Upcycling Demonstration: Fabric to Flora
Tracey Horan Dolly Fixtures

Demonstrations and a workshop by members of The House of Upcyling will be taking place within POP on the mezzanine above dancefloor 1 in fabric London. Booking is not required. 

fabric London
77a Charterhouse Street
(please note that this venue does not have disabled access)

Upcycling Demonstration: Gilding
Tuesday 24th May: 1200

Jo Edge | Cranleigh, Surrey | Reclaimed & Reloved

Thought to have originated in Turkey over 8,000 years ago, gilding transports the plain into the realms of the luxurious. Originally called water gilding, the art of applying ultra fine sheets of metal leaf to a surface requires great patience and expertise. Seen in abundance at Versailles, gilding has added untold grandeur to the interiors conversation over the centuries. Having successfully survived hundreds of different design trends, gilding retains its place as a sought-after surface decoration for imaginative interiors. And even in 2022, in an age of advanced paint production and high quality metallic finishes, the patina and lustre of a gilded surface cannot be fully emulated. So it’s no surprise that restoration and upcycling studio Reclaimed & Reloved’s gilding demonstrations are inspiring new interest in this ancient art, appealing to lovers of extravagant design as well as those who favour a more minimalist approach. During her gilding demonstration professional artisan Jo Edge will discuss and showcase the art of gilding, sharing the intricacies of its application as well as her thoughts on the best products to use and which items lend themselves well to the process.

Reclaimed & Reloved is an artisanal studio offering a wide range of restoration and upcycling services, giving vintage and antique items from the past a new life in the present:

Upcycling Workshop: Decoupage
Wednesday 25th May: 1200

Kata Roberts | Chelmsford Essex | Studio Twentyseven

Decoupage was originally made popular by the Victorians although in the 21st century designer-remaker Kata Roberts’ creations are far more Warhol than Whistler. Launching in 2015, Studio Twentyseven has become one of the most sought-after producers of decoupaged furniture in the industry, with thousands of admirers of the highly original designs and contemporary colour palette. Kata’s client base includes interior designers and celebrities as well as people who simply want to adorn their home with items that can’t be found on the High Street; more akin to art than furniture, Studio Twentyseven originals are destined to become heirlooms of the future. The Studio Twentyseven team also host a variety of public and private workshops and masterclasses, teaching the craft of furniture decoupage to a high level. For the first S27 workshop at Clerkenwell Design Week, basic decoupage techniques will be covered as well as what tools to use and the best products and materials to choose. And there will definitely be no Victorian chinz involved, this is furniture decoupage design-diva style.

Studio Twentyseven creates outstandingly original furniture whether for their own collections or as commissioned pieces for clients. Kata Robert’s unique eye for the unusual and her decoupage design chutzpah are changing the face of interiors one decoupaged design piece at a time:

Upcycling Demonstration: Fabric to Flora
Thursday 26th May: 14:30

Tracey Horan | Lewes East Sussex | Dolly Fixtures

Omnipresent throughout the 20th century, denim was used to create both fashion wear and work apparel and continues to be a popular fabric choice today. High demand for this cotton warp-faced textile has resulted in complex environmental issues but with the onset of interest in sustainability, things within the denim-making industry are changing.The race is on to produce the ‘green jean’ and we will soon witness drastic improvements from the latest innovations. But the fact remains that there is still a vast supply of the fabric destined for landfill or incineration, as denim is notoriously difficult to recycle. Which is where upcycling can offer an alternative solution. Professional upcycler Tracey Horan of Dolly Fixtures will host the Fabric to Flora demonstration at Clerkenwell Design Week to illustrate how upcycling can give this most ubiquitous of fabrics a new life and purpose. Worn-denim has its own story and energy and is a fabric of unique sturdiness, perfect to shape and manipulate and with so many varying shades, tints and tones of blue, creates highly original bouquets which save waste and lift interiors in an innovative way.

Dolly Fixtures create art installations, furniture and furnishings from upcycled mannequins and reimagined denim and believe that denim, a staple from our wardrobe, should become a staple for our decor as well:

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