Meet the FLC Team

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Cynthia Bleskachek

owner | creator

Cynthia began learning upholstery as a child in her mom’s home based business and has been working professionally since 2001. Her real passion, however, is for education and training systems. As a vocal advocate and respected craftswoman, she has traveled across the country to speak, teach, and apply her craft. Cynthia is incredibly proud of the high quality work our students and instructors consistently demonstrate.

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Audrey Lonsway

Online Courses | Lead Developer

Audrey provides administrative and educational services from her home in New Hampshire. Before that she owned Sewing Den LLC in Virginia for seven years, providing both upholstery and workroom services. Audrey has a BA in Music Education, and spent ten years as a National Park Ranger at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts as well as two other DC area National Parks. She’s a mother of two young boys and wife to a tall Ranger husband.

Lindsay Orwig

Lead Instructor, St.Paul

Lindsay Orwig began as a enthusiast DIYer. As her reupholstered finds began to attract the attention of friends and family, her hobby grew from side hustle to successful small business. She joined The Funky Little Chair as a charter student and soon became a key part of the Minneapolis instructor team. In addition to managing her own growing client base, Lindsay is the creator and lead administrator of The Professional Upholsterers’ Network – a trade-only forum with nearly 3,000 active members.

A Chick & A Chair Upholstery

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Sarah Sanna

Advanced Instructor, St.Paul

Sarah Sanna graduated with a degree in chemical engineering with an emphasis on environmental science. While working for 3M as new homeowner, Sarah began to acquire antique furnishings and set out to learn about restoring them, through night classes and extensive research/practice. She eventually left corporate life to focus on being a mom and launching her highly respected home-based business. Sarah loves sharing knowledge and seeing how the experience of fixing something empowers us. “We need more people to have these skills.”

Everafter Upholstery

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Michelle Minner

Virtual Instructor

Michelle Minner specializes in custom furniture upholstery and loves helping her clients bring their visions to life. She fell into the upholstery trade by accident. As a DIY blogger looking for a project she decided to try her hand at re-upholstering an old chair and fell in love with the transformation process. Self taught, Michelle is passionate about sharing knowledge and supporting fellow upholsterers.

Blue Roof Cabin

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Carla Pyle

Virtual Instructor

Carla Pyle owns Natural Upholstery in Livingston, MT. An obsessive explorer, she has worked as a wildlife biologist, textile artist, furniture designer and upholsterer. She has been an active promoter of healthy upholstery since she helped develop a line of organic and sustainable furniture in 2009. She has been teaching modern upholstery since 2011, working with students using both conventional and natural/organic materials.

Natural Upholstery

Olli Johnson

Events DIRECTOR | Instructor, St.Paul

Olli works at Grahn’s Upholstery in St Paul, MN and is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the vibrant arts community of Minneapolis. Her background is in theater, puppetry and book arts (with a focus on printing & book-binding). As an arts educator, she has taught in the fabulous arts organizations of the Twin Cities for nearly 15 years teaching book arts, puppetry, kinetic art, & cardboard sculpture. In addition to teaching for FLC, she teaches at Mia, Encore, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Artistry. Olli loves to make pop-ups, play her accordion, spend time in her garden and make puppets. Olli has been an enthusiastic student at FLC for the past 3 years and has been absorbing many technical skills from her time spent in a professional workroom. Her windy road to upholstery has led her to be passionate about teaching and removing barriers to learning so that she can equip others with an “anything is possible” attitude.

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