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    Are you passionate about interior design?

    Do you have a natural flair and creativity and think you have what it takes to improve the interiors of other people’s homes?

    In a brand new, warm-hearted television series for a terrestrial TV channel, contestants will compete to be named the UK’s best amateur interior designer.

    If you think you have what it takes please call 0207 534 2018 or email designing@studiolambert.com in order to receive an application.

    We are delighted to be holding our May MyDecozo networking meeting at Redbourne Hall, hosted by Catherine Merrick and Rebecca Day.

    Merrick & Day was created when sisters Catherine Merrick and Rebecca Day turned a love of soft furnishings in to a very successful quality curtain making and training company which is recognised by fellow professionals and enthusiasts alike. They have also created many excellent books and patterns for soft furnishers.

    We are also pleased to welcome three additional speakers:-

    Bert Chapman, MBE is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Upholders, Past President and Director of the AMUSF. Bert has spent all his working life in the upholstery and soft furnishings industry running the business started by his father Albert E. Chapman in 1930. As Royal Warrant Holders Albert E. Chapman Limited have been involved in many major projects from the restoration of Windsor Castle and Hampton Court after the fires, to the restoration of Thomas Chippendale’s State Bed at Harewood House and making the thrones and drapery on the Royal Barge used in the recent Diamond Jubilee celebrations.


    Wendy Shorter is a Fellow, Director and Past President of the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Upholders (archaic word for upholsterers). In 2008 she was appointed Director of Training for the AMUSF and she represents the Association on several industry boards. Now running her own upholstery and soft furnishings training centre near St. Albans she takes great delight in encouraging and developing a new generation of professional craftsmen and women. She has won many training and industry awards and is a published author of books for soft furnishers.


    Jo Sealy runs successful marketing company ‘To Market’ which specialises in both creative and small businesses. She has 25 years’ experience in marketing and advertising at creative and management levels which enables her to help companies to achieve their business objectives through targeted, creative, advertising and marketing that are focussed and measurable. She also understands that pictures can sell your crafts or products in a way that words alone can't and runs a complementary business offering business and product photography.

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    10.00 Open and Welcome - Our day will start at Merrick & Days business premises:
    Redbourne Road
    DN21 4TG
    - Restoration of Windsor Castle - Bert Chapman from Albert E. Chapman Limited will explain the work that went into restoring the soft furnishings and upholstery after the major fire in 1992
    11 - 11.15 - The Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers - Wendy Shorter, Director of the AMUSF will talk about the Association and the wide range of services it provides to members in addition to training and industry news.
    11.15 - 11.30 Coffee break
    - Draping, Swags and Pattern - Rebecca Day, co-author of The Encyclopaedia of Curtains, will talk about and demonstrate draping, swags and use of pattern
    12.30 On to Redbourne Hall for lunch
    - Social Media and Your Business on the Internet – Jo Sealy, marketing expert, is going to cover the range of social media tools available and how to implement them in your business while avoiding common pitfalls.
    - Afternoon in the Merrick & Day Workroom – this will be a more informal session where attendees can network and browse various displays to learn about topics such as shrouded blind cord, making drum lampshades, box cushions and various workroom topics.

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    MyDecozo has kindly allowed me to tell you about a little innovation we have developed for our workroom and are now making ...

    September is traditionally the time new fabric ranges are launched - Angela Faulkner has only recently moved into putting her beautiful studies of birds and flowers on to furnishing fabrics. She has recently exhibited them at the BITA UK Showcase and Decorex International at Kensington Palace.

    BITA 2013

    Angela spent her childhood in the hills of Worcestershire, and since then has lived in South Shropshire immersed in natural patterns and themes.

    Her first major project was prize-winning garden which provided a platform for her both to explore large-scale floral design and to grow a myriad of rare and exquisite flowers, some of which were chosen for the Daily Telegraph’s garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Taking inspiration from her garden, she also recreated individual flowers using watercolours. Her talent for this led her to exhibit her studies at the Royal Horticultural Society in London on two occasions, winning coveted prizes both times.

    The next landmark in her career was establishing a greetings card company which raised the new challenge of condensing designs into a small area while still conveying interest and appeal. This technique has been refined as her designs have been transferred to new formats such as kitchen accessories and tableware.

    Decorex 2013

    Building on that extensive experience, she has recently decided to move into textiles. A new and dynamic company, Angela Faulkner Design Ltd brings to the textile industry a fresh perspective that is identifiably and quintessentially British. Angela's confident, detailed, and colourful renderings of flora and fauna mix traditional themes with contemporary pattern design. The fabrics are woven in Scotland, and printed in England.

    For more information visit http://www.angelafaulkner.co.uk/index.html

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