My interest in upholstery is undoubtedly a result of an uncountable number of things, but because I like stories with clear beginnings here is the story I tell about how I ended up here:
There are two things. First, I spent a couple of years during my undergraduate career at Southern Methodist University working in the costume shop. There I learned to appreciate fine fabrics and quality construction.
Second, I've had a long standing admiration for my father, grandfather and two uncles who are fine carpenters. I never practiced any carpentry with them (that's what the sons were for), but I fell in love with the smell, the geometry and the precision of it. And I longed for my dad to look at me the way he looked at something he was proud of building.
At 30, after having spent a decade as a playwright I was ready for a change. I wanted a craft that would allow me to explore my interest in the dynamic relationship between fabric and wood.
I started with a course at City College and then began an apprenticeship with Gilbert Herrera (Gil's Upholstery) and Berna Alvarado. I still have much to learn, especially in the area of woodwork and larger pieces; but I've got some of the basics and the resources to fill in the rest as needed.