Anthea Laing

1997 QEST Scholar - Upholstery

Anthea has been practising and teaching upholstery for over 30 years. After an apprenticeship she set up on her own, continuing to study and gaining her City & Guilds teaching qualifications and a BA Hons in furniture restoration and craftsmanship at High Wycombe. Anthea now works from her studio workshop in Berkshire and undertakes a variety of commissions – recovering and restoring anything from stools, chairs and sofas to bedheads and more. She also provides a service in loose covers, caning and rushing.

While researching her dissertation on the conservation of 17th century seat furniture she visited the Textile Conservation Department at the V & A. With QEST support she subsequently did an internship in the department working with Derek Balfour, the Senior Upholstery Conservator. From Derek she learnt the rudiments of upholstery conservation – cleaning, dyeing textiles, supporting and netting fabrics and subsequent storing.