Love what you do

Photo by Manel Ortega

My name is Nicki Tarr. I live in Brighton and I enjoy practising the noble art of upholstery. It’s a wonderful artisan craft that brings together so many elements I love – working with traditional materials and tools, restoring wood and bringing old chairs back to life. I am lucky enough to spend my days using my hands to create things that are both useful and beautiful.



My upholstery training includes four years learning under the expertise of a teacher who is a 4th generation upholsterer. My course was run by The Cass – part of The London Metropolitan University – where they have a long history of training budding upholsterers  to a very high standard. I have a Diploma in Upholstery awarded from the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers.


In 2013 I received a Highly Commended Award from the Worshipful Company of Upholders for my work on an Edwardian armchair.  In 2015, I received an ‘Outstanding Learner’ Award from The Cass for the standard of my upholstery work and my approach to learning this craft.


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