18 May 2024, 15:09
By Furniture News Aug 04, 2016

Kobe sponsors student awards

Six students of upholstery and soft furnishings skills have been rewarded for their expertise.

Luxury fabric specialist Kobe has sponsored the upholstery and soft furnishings student awards at the Wendy Shorter Interiors training centre in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, for the sixth year running.

Students had the opportunity to compete in three different competitions to showcase their design creativity as well as excellence in traditional and modern upholstery skills.

The winning students included Marie Titchener and Natalie McCurry who won the essential soft furnishings competition. Rachel Winder and Harriet Page won the stage three traditional upholstery prize. All four students were awarded £350 worth of either Kobe or Essente samples towards their future business start-ups.

Hayley Milner and Rosie Taylor were both winners of the stage two intermediate upholstery competition and were awarded a selection of Kobe fabric to support their stage three coursework. 

MD David Harris says: “I would like to congratulate all the students at the training centre and am pleased to be able to recognise all their hard work and commitment shown to their craft.

“Wendy Shorter Interiors is recognised as the UK’s leading independent school for upholstery and soft furnishings. It’s a pleasure to support Wendy and her team and I would like to thank them for their dedication and for passing on their invaluable skills and enthusiasm.”

Wendy Shorter Interiors is a multi-awards winning training centre that has received several craft training awards for encouraging craft skills in upholstery and soft furnishings. 

Based near St. Albans in Hertfordshire, it offers a range of courses and classes from professional qualifications accredited by the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers to day and evening upholstery classes and one and two-day beginner taster courses in making curtains, roman blinds, cushions, and professional curtain and blinds track fitting.

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