Susie's work is wonderful. The patterns are beautifully intricate yet with simple elegance and symmetry. Just imagine sitting on a chair that you have restored to its original glory! She is also teaching Rushwork in 2012 so don't miss this new course. (Kate Sankey)
"I have been restoring chairs in cane and rush for the last 17 years. My main area of interest is in restoring antique chairs, in cane, rush, seagrass and Danish cord. I also rush modern stool frames. I first became interested in restoring chairs whilst working in auction salerooms, seeing many neglected pieces just waiting for some attention to make them useful and hopefully beautiful once again.
I started in restoration by joining an upholstery evening class as a hobby, and then having repaired all my own chairs, went on to restore those of friends and family; this also included cane and rush seated chairs. I continued by attending various residential courses run by the Basketmakers' Association and also an Advanced City and Guilds course in Upholstery.
I have been running my own (part-time) business for over twelve years, mainly repairing chairs for other people, and sometimes buying and doing up chairs for sale. I very much enjoy using traditional skills to restore the wide variety of chairs that come my way. I am also pleased to be able to 'recycle' chairs that might otherwise be consigned to the attic or thrown away. I also do some teaching both chair seating and rush work.
I have demonstrated and exhibited at various fairs and galleries over the years including Country Living Fair at the Glasgow SECC with the Scottish Basketmakers' Circle".