Learner Profile - Janette Lindsey

Learner Janette Lindsey posing with her upholsery work

Arts, Crafts & Performing Arts

16 September 2019

Upholstery and Soft Furnishings

'My learning journey began because of an interest in interior design, learning a new skill and it was also  a form of respite as I had close family members who were ill. I’ve found it really interesting, always learning new things each week. It’s a friendly and relaxing course; I’ve made friends on it and have expert tuition.

I’ve done several courses including soft furnishings and upholstery allowing me to compliment interiors created in my home with colours and fabrics I wanted - as opposed to searching on the internet and in shops. It’s been a fun way to introduce colours and new schemes into the home and I’ve saved a great deal of money making it myself rather than commissioning contractors. It gives you a great feeling of satisfaction seeing the end product.

I like the confidence gained knowing I can produce cushions, expensive Roman blinds, curtains and experiment, with the backing of the tutor to assist you. Through doing these courses my wellbeing has improved - as a form of meditation and relaxation this has provided a release for me to deal with family members’ illness.

The experience has also given me the confidence to branch out into trying a start-up business. It has changed the course of my life. I’m at the cusp of starting a new commission which is the beginning of my business journey. I’ve displayed items in the Hammersmith & Fulham Made in H&F pop up shop (in the King’s Mall) which have been sold to members of the public. I also volunteer once a week at the Petit Miracles pop-up space in Shepherd’s Bush.

I’ve advanced quite a bit and feel like I’ve come a long way from when I first started the course. I was really pleased to have recently made the final 30 in the
national shortlist this year (out of hundreds of applications) for a Festival of Learning Award in recognition of my progress.

My next step will be advertising myself on social media to be recognised and take commissions - and carry on learning on these courses!

Everyone should take up a course and express their passion, or try something they’ve never done before as you never know where it could lead!'

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