Tina Ortman

Tina Ortman has been upholstering furniture for over 26 years. The craft combines her love of furniture design, sewing, restoration and learning. The techniques she finds that solve an element in one piece create the learning opportunity she applies to her next job, making upholstery an ever-expanding skill. She recently expanded her practice to the challenges of applying upholstery to metal frames.

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Tina's Upcoming Workshops

  • I

    Level I

    Students are new to Furniture Design & Woodworking and have no formal training.

  • II

    Level II

    Students have experience working with stationary machines and power tools and are familiar with basic principles of joinery and 3­-D design.

  • III

    Level III

    Students have some formal training in 3­-D design, experience with a variety of materials and fabrication processes, and know how to use machine and hand tools competently and safely. Students have a portfolio of their artwork.

Jun 6 - 17, 2022

Upholstery: Bulk, Bulges and Raw Edges

Tina Ortman

Tuition $1,250
Code W0102-22

The art of upholstery is visual, tactile and logistical. This workshop presents the tools, techniques and materials used to create and restore upholstered furniture. Students strip a piece to the frame, which reveals how it was constructed. Participants then reverse the process, building the layers back up to recreate the original or modify with new flourishes. Students bring a piece of furniture approved by the instructor. The unique challenges of each piece are used to teach the whole class the many variations of the craft.

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