Having re-trained and changed career herself, Louise Boyland has been ideally placed to offer realistic and practical advice to those who come to SDR also looking to change their careers.
After leaving her IT job in the City, Louise began her new journey into furniture, design and fabrics: she completed her training (on the AMUSF accredited upholstery course), whilst also serving apprenticeships at various London upholsterers, before going on to work for a few years “on the bench” at a large furniture manufacturer.
Louise then returned to teach the AMUSF upholstery course at Wendy Shorter Interior’s in Hertfordshire whilst also helping to set up one of the first ever upholstery workshops in a British prison at HMP Wandsworth, training inmates alongside charity Fine Cell Work.
All the while Louise was working on private commissions in her own Hackney studio space before launching Shoreditch Design Rooms in early 2013 in a fantastic, bright, 3 floor converted warehouse space.
Providing the support and network to help others successfully re-train has been the driving principle behind Louise setting up Shoreditch Design Rooms:
“Giving our students the experience, knowledge and expertise on one hand whilst encouraging them to think for themselves and be creative on the other is the basis of what we try to do here – it’s all about creating confidence and giving people the support and direct opportunities to change their lives and careers to then go on and seek employment or self-employment within the furniture and design industries.”