Reclaiming The Throne
Up-cycling Exiled Chairs as a Gesture in Honour of the Queen's Soul 

Lounge -Before
Lounge -Before
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One-of-a-Kind Lounge Hand Painted/Collaged Along High Arm & Skirt

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One-of-a-Kind Lounge Hand Painted/Collaged Under Lace-Up Corset

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Lace-Up Corset Detail
Lace-Up Corset Detail
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Pillow Detail
Pillow Detail
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Lace Up Corset Detail
Lace Up Corset Detail
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Chair- Before
Chair- Before
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One-of-a-Kind Chair
One-of-a-Kind Chair

Hand Painted/Collaged Along High Arm & Skirt

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Hand Painted/Collaged Back
Hand Painted/Collaged Back
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Hand Painted/Collaged Side View
Hand Painted/Collaged Side View
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Hand Painted/Collaged Along High Arm & Skirt
Hand Painted/Collaged Along High Arm & Skirt
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Arm Detail
Arm Detail
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Chair - Before
Chair - Before
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One-of-a-Kind Chair
One-of-a-Kind Chair

Hand Painted/Collaged Oval Arm Insert & Skirt

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One-of-a-Kind Chair Hand Painted/Collaged Corset

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Arm Detail
Arm Detail

Hand Painted/Collaged Circle Insert

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Lace-Up Corset Detail
Lace-Up Corset Detail
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Arm Detail
Arm Detail
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The Process

I spend hours hunting through second hand stores and scouring Kijiji and facebook market to find furniture pieces with potential. When I find a piece I haul it home and strip it down. I am careful to preserve as much of the foam and strapping on the original furniture frame as possible. I’m meticulous about the pieces I buy and only get chairs that have “good bones” because there is no point in up-cycling if you end up  throwing everything out.

 

Once the staples and old material have been removed (a tedious process!) I select the fabric, trim and corresponding paint and collage paper that I’ll use for re-upholstering. For these pieces I used a hand marbled momi paper made in Thailand for the collaged paintings and the painted/collaged parts of the chairs. This paper is made from mulberry and bamboo and it is known for its strong fabric-like fibres and it’s durability. 

 

To create the painted portions of the furniture pieces I cover heavy canvas with a coat of gesso and then apply a coat of white paint. I then divide the canvas into  3 or 4 inch squares, paint them, and then paint a pattern on top. Once this is done I cut out 1” squares from my momi paper and apply them in a checkerboard  pattern to the larger squares. The squares have to be cut by hand because the paper is too much like fabric to be cut mechanically. The collaged paintings are done the same way. To date I have cut out and applied approximately 6000 squares. Once the squares are applied, the canvas on both the furniture pieces and paintings are sealed with varnish. I use acrylic paint, acrylic medium, fabric medium, and scotchguard as a fabric protector.

*Each furniture grouping has a selection of ten to twelve 12"x12" paintings that correspond to it. The paintings are sold separately.

 

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