This winter, Second Sitters bring their radical touring exhibition, Upholstery: Evolution to Revolution, to the National Centre for Craft & Design, Seaford, Lincolnshire. The show is a fascinating journey through the history of upholstery in the UK, featuring works that challenge the traditional, preconceived role of the upholsterer, exploring the craft in contemporary, unusual and unexpected ways. The exhibition is generously supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
On show - selected Stackers and the first two of my new Untitled series. Untitled looks directly at the nature of ‘women's work’ as reflected through the eyes of the upholstress. Drawing on historical references and processes each new Stacker tells her story. One of the the first written mentions of specifically female upholsterers is by Henry Mayhew, Victorian journalist, social commentator and reformer he commented “there are more old maids employed in the upholstery business than any other”. The project has been inspired by the Centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act 6 February 1918.