Last week, I had the AAAAAAAAMAZING experience of teaching at Custom Workroom Conference . Afterwards, I enjoyed a visit with two friends: Jeanelle Dech, founder of The Workroom Channel and The Curtains and Soft Furnishings Resource Library, and Ceil DiGuglielmo, host/creator of The Sew Much More Podcast. As we discussed the many challenges of running … Continue reading Strategic Partners: What they are and where to find them.
Get ready to celebrate, because October is Upholstery Awareness Month!! What: A month-long opportunity to recognize, celebrate and share the skilled craft of upholstery. How: Find share-worthy examples of upholstery work - that which impresses you, inspires you, amazes you. . . and share it! BE SURE when sharing someone else's work that you have … Continue reading October: Upholstery Awareness Month!
Two years ago we began our mentorship group, in an effort to give serious students more regular access to instruction/support, to help them network and hopefully make the challenging leap from hobbyist to professional. There were some heartening successes. But we also learned that it's a LOOOOONG stretch between education and employment. We're very interested … Continue reading Meet our mentorship group
There's a great line in MadMen where Don Draper tells Peggy Olson: "If you don't like what people are saying, change the conversation." And that, my upholstery friends, is what I'd like to discuss. Locally, we're headed into an uncertain year, pushing the boundaries of our little education model. Can we create better tools for … Continue reading Changing the conversation
Lately I've been thinking about roads and bridges . . . Isn't it amazing, I can leave my house and hop on a road. That road might take me to a friend's house, or a job, or a restaurant where I'd like to eat dinner. I can look on a map, and plan where I'd … Continue reading Roads and Bridges . . .
Here's what we're going to try now. Next year, The Funky Little Chair will be moving into a shared space with Grahn's Upholstery. We will turn our clients over to Grahn's and begin focusing exclusively on the challenges of education and professional training. Grahn's, like many of our busy shops, has struggled to attract and … Continue reading Where do we go from here?
I have a confession to make: these past 9 months, I've felt rather despondent. Two years ago, I took the scary leap into a shop of my own, determined to make some difference in the educational void facing our community. I had very few answers, but how do you discover solutions if not through research … Continue reading The National Upholstery Potluck
Ask a seasoned upholstery how long it took them to feel confidently professional, and they'll usually say between 5-10 years. For today, as a happy medium, we'll say 7. So we've been talking at great length about lack of upholstery education in the U.S. and the need to revive it. But the question on my … Continue reading The 7 year gap
Last week, we looked at the educational concept of "Backwards Design" This week, I'd like to explore the "flipped classroom." If you have a child under 20, you may have seen this approach in action. The old model says, "lecture at school, homework at home" The new model says, "lecture at home, homework at school" … Continue reading Upholstery Education, Upside Down
How is new education created? If you were starting from scratch, where would you begin? This is an important question, because as we've discussed in previous posts, our old models for upholstery education are increasingly impractical. How do you pull a new model out of your hat? This was the question I put to an … Continue reading Upholstery education, back to front