Each chair I work on is meticulously chosen and lovely refurbished. I spend hours hunting through secondhand stores and online furniture postings to find pieces with potential. When I find a piece I haul it home and strip it down. I am always careful to preserve as much of the original foam and webbing as possible. My goal is to bring my vision for the piece alive while being respectful of the environment.
Once the staples and old material have been removed (a tedious process!) I select the fabric, trim and corresponding paint and other art mediums that I’ll use for re-upholstering. For this collection I created different coloured hand painted mosaic patterned fabrics which I used to re-upholster sections of each lounge.
The hand painted fabric is a heavy canvas treated with gesso, white paint and fabric medium. I painted the canvas with three or four inch squares and then carefully applied one inch squares cut from marbled momi paper to the top of them. The momi squares have to be cut by hand because the paper is too much like fabric to be cut mechanically.
For this collection I cut out, applied and sealed approximately 8000 squares!
I finished each piece with my signature corset and created a series of corresponding 12"x12" paintings for each colour grouping.