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It’s almost a month since relocating to Folkestone and it’s absolutely flown by! 

There’s progress on the Studio which will be the place to find me to discuss any upcycling commissions, workshops or to view any furniture for sale.  You can also visit to collect any ethical shopping or sustainable living online purchases in person if you’re nearby and prefer to pick up for free rather than pay postage.  The walls have had a fresh coat of paint and there are lots of reclaimed scaffold boards to go up to make up the shelving. As the walls are going to be very simple I’m toying with idea of something a little more creative for the flooring…all will be revealed on my Instagram posts soon! 

The first furniture painting / upcycling workshop of the year is on Monday 17th February 13.30-16.30 at Lenham Community Centre, Groom Way ME17 2QT.  To book a place you can email info@tutco.co.uk or use the new booking system via the website.  New dates will be added throughout the year and currently the February and March dates are up and bookable. If you can’t make those, then additional dates can sometimes be added at short notice for a small group – it’s a fun thing to do with friends – so do get in touch to ask about availability.  There is also a new venue starting up in Folkestone so if that’s easier for you get in touch to find out about upcoming dates in this location.

In other news there are a couple of interesting commissions in progress at the moment and I am finally making time to get on with some upcycling projects that will be for sale via the website and to view at the studio soon.  Pictures will be up on social media as soon as the projects are completed.

And finally, after struggling home with lengths of reclaimed scaffold board strapped to the roof bars of my little Peugeot I’ve decided it’s time to get a van. I’m really quite excited at the prospect of delivering my customers finished commissions in a van with The Upcycled Trading Company branding on it!  If you see me buzzing about in it give a toot – and maybe a wave too so I know I haven’t just cut someone up!

Claire x