How I got here...
In the beginning of 2014 I decided it was time to end my previous career as a playwright and start working on building a buisness that would be more financially sustainable. I wanted something that would allow me to work from home, not require sitting in front of a computer all day, and something that could still serve as a creative outlet.
In college I had worked in the costume shop and I enjoyed the construction aspect of the work but knew that clothing manufacturing was not for me. I then thought of my father, uncles and grandfather whose carpentry work I have always admired. I wondered how I could combine my sewing experience with a desire to learn more about wood working. And so... upholstery.
I started with a class at City College and quickly decided I needed to increase my rate of learning. Thanks to nothing but great fortune I met Gilbert Herrera of Gil's Upholstery. Gil took me under his wing and remains my mentor to this day.
Along the way I have also studied drape and shade construction with Berna Alvarez, sewing and drapes with Franciscan Interiors, and antique furniture restoration with Francesca Ragusa of Moebel Klinik in Berlin, Germany.
Benge Fabrik provides custom upholstery, soft goods, and refurbishing services with a focus on sustainable practices and classic technique.
Things I make...
Drapes, Roman Shades, Pillows, Cushions, Bedding, Slipcovers, Ottomans
Things I reupholster...
Armchairs, Dining Room Chairs, Benches, Stools, Chaise Lounges
I currently work out of the shop of my mentor, Gilbert, at Gil's Upholstery. He is located at:
1495 Custer Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94124