Profile

Sheonagh Winterborne graduated from Leeds College of Art & Design after studying Advanced Furniture Restoration. The course introduced students to a range of skills, such as wood turning, veneering, French polishing and carving, but above all it was traditional upholstery which particularly fired her enthusiasm. A keen desire to work by hand and to use natural materials of hair and fibres as required by re-upholstery, coupled with a life-long interest in fabrics, led to a further course of study before setting up her own upholstery workshop at her home in North Lincolnshire. However Sheonagh is now moving to West Yorkshire and will be working from there.

Alongside her passion for upholstery, Sheonagh specialises in another traditional skill ~ that of chair seating. This craft also uses natural, sustainable materials ~ cane, rush, seagrass and willow. A long-time member of the Basketmakers' Association, Sheonagh has taught chair caning and rush seating at Leeds College of Art & Design and Adult Education classes. She has led workshops at Rufford Country Park, Rossett School at Harrogate, as well as holding teaching sessions in her own workshop.

Sheonagh has worked on commissions countrywide and is able to offer a very personal and professional service. She welcomes individual enquiries, and is happy to discuss all aspects of any re-upholstery or re-seating work you may require, without obligation.