Hi, I’m Paula Graham and I set up Porcupine Upholstery in Dunfermline, Fife in 2015 for specialist upholstery services and to showcase some of my Porcupine Originals.
I am a qualified upholsterer with AMUSF and am currently working towards my Diploma certification.
I also hold a BA in Art & Design specialising in Interiors and ran a successful Interior Design business for several years. It was during this time that I developed an interest in fabrics and furniture and I was enthralled to watch a piece, perhaps thought worthy only of the skip, being rejuvenated in the hands of a skilled upholsterer. A truly eco friendly approach to furniture.
Restoring a much loved chair or footstool brings me so much joy.
I work from a studio at Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline, itself a lovingly reclaimed and restored iconic Art Deco building in the centre of town.
I am at studio 7 or can be contacted on 07900568895
I work with both traditional and modern materials. Furniture made pre 1950 or so was really made to last with frames made from wood with traditional jointing methods of dowel and glue and covered in the sturdiest of fabrics. Padding was horsehair. If I am working with a piece made to these methods I will do my best to repair, recreate or clean and re-use the original materials. But we will also ensure that a refurbished piece meets all current Safety Regulations and that fabrics have the best possible durability (Martindale Rub Test*)
As we move further into the interchangeable and disposable society, furniture is mass produced and not expected to be in use for more than a few years.