Form In Fabric

Marianne Huntley


I’ve always sewn, making clothes, curtains and cushion covers for friends, but I fell in love with upholstery when a friend set me the challenge of recovering her child’s chair. I realised that in upholstery I could combine my love of sewing, fabrics, colour and detail, creating a 3D physical, functional item that will endure.

It was a lightbulb moment, and after taking an evening course, I quit my day job to retrain and focus on upholstery full time.

I hate waste and love seeing an old piece brought back to life to be loved again. I get a buzz from stripping a piece of furniture back and discovering the stories, character and personality it holds, then building it back up into something truly unique that delights the owner.

My style is classic design with a contemporary twist; traditional and modern techniques paired with unique fabrics, bold colours and unexpected details. I love experimenting with fabrics and shape, bringing clients’ ideas to life or creating a one-off piece from my own imagination.

People always say they’re passionate about what they do, but for me, upholstery is more a compulsion than a passion. I’m fizzing with ideas that I’ve got to get out, and I love it!


For the Walk of Art 2018’s theme of Down At The Bottom Of The Garden I’ll be making new pieces specifically for the event.  Expect a display of bright, colourful, playful, summery and creative upholstery (not those in the pictures which are some examples of my work) and a sewing activity for children.