My name is Janneke and I run Flamingo upholstery from my workshop space in Dennistoun, Glasgow. Originally from The Netherlands, I have now settled here in Glasgow, living in the Southside. I feel very much at home amongst the Glaswegians and love their chat and friendliness!
I have always had a love for creating things and during the past few years I have specialised in upholstery. Once I started with upholstery I was hooked straight away! Upholsterers call it ‘the upholstery bug’ and I certainly got it! I have been fortunate that I have been able to turn my passion into my career.
I love working with fabrics, colours and textures, and building up the layers of a chair. Then I get to see the transformation! Every time, I get excited to take the chair through this journey and admire the end result. See gallery pictures to see some of my work. My skills are my precision and a keen eye for careful pattern matching. Striving for perfectionism, I will go the extra mile to create great work.
Familiar with both traditional and modern upholstery techniques, I specialise in restoring antique upholstery. Traditional upholstery is a real craft – it is only taught by a few training centres around the country and I feel very lucky to have had this training.
First, I trained at Kendal upholstery and then at Stirling upholstery Craft Centre, resulting in an accredited Diploma by the Association of Master Upholsterers AMUSF in June 2016. I loved doing the course and I passed with distinction! After that, I gained further work experience with an established upholsterer, both working on commissions as well as assisting with teaching.
In the summer of 2017, I teamed up with fellow upholsterer Frances from Hendron & Company upholstery, and we have been sharing a workshop space in Dennistoun, Glasgow, ever since.
I am so happy to now be working from my own workshop. It’s my dream job to be transforming people’s much loved furniture, teaching people how to upholster their own pieces and sourcing vintage furniture to re-upholster.
Come and visit me in the workshop and see what upholstery can do for you!