Thursday, 21 June 2012

Another chair, another bus stop

Here's a rather elegant dining chair I left in a tiny bus stop on the A483 at Ffairfach. I often see an elderly couple standing in this bus stop when I pass on Wednesday mornings, now at least one of them will be able to sit down.

Again, the chair is from a skip and is covered in a 1950's sunflower print that I found nestling beneath two other layers on some dining chairs I re-upholstered recently. I painted the chair to kill off the woodworm. The tag says 'Take the weight off your feet'.

The print felt vaguely Spanish or Mexican so I added a mexican bandit underneath. Why not eh?

Monday, 18 June 2012

Arthur's Seat

It's always nice when I get a brave commission. Re-upholstery of this chair was a birthday present from Mrs. Davies to her husband Arthur for his 90th birthday. It was in a sorry state but he wouldn't get a new one because he sits in it every morning to read the paper. This seemed very special to me so I convinced them to go for a hand-woven tweed that would do the occasion justice.

This fabric, handmade on the Isle of Bute is very expensive but I discounted my work quite a bit to bring it in on their budget. As the chair is a 1950's High Wycombe frame, it's pretty solid but I had to change it considerably with very different foam and stuffings and I was quite worried Arthur wouldn't find it comfortable.

But he loved it.
Happy Birthday Arthur.

Lime Green Open Armchair

Here's an early 20th Century open armchair re-upholstered in lime green fabric by Bute.
Quite nice I think.

This was a commission.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Bus Stop Cushion

I saw a lady perched on the undignified and rather stingy bench seat in a local bus stop and decided to make a cushion to ease things a little.

It needed a bespoke cushion so I measured up first - it is just over 3 metres long. I also measured up for some ties to stop it slipping.

I used only waste stuffing and fabrics from other stripped chairs and a few scraps from recent jobs. It's at the Square & Compass roundabout on the A40 near Llangadog - you can see the top of Llyn y Fan Fach in the background.

It rolled-up nicely for the 'quick while no-one's looking' guerilla install.

I added a quote that had been tickling me ever since Roberto Mancini said it on Match of the Day.