Graduating from the City of Glasgow college in 2013, Nicola Williams, has been working since to develop this fledgling business inro full time self employment. The aim of GFC is to provide quality and professional services whilst being involved in local community settings as a tutor and volunteer.
Nicola works with Govanhill baths Rags to riches programme as a volunteer and tutor for their upholstery masterclasses. She has worked with the organisation teaching upholstery as part of an employability scheme to teach new skills and help get participants back into employment. This connection has led with further work with one off upcycling sessions with the programme as part of Zero waste Scotland's 'Pass it on week'. She has also organised and hosted her own classes aswell as working with organisations such as The Re:Store, North Glasgow Art and regeneration network's (NGART) winter coat, South Lanarkshire & East Dumbartonshire council. Currently she also works as an upholstery tutor for the Pollokshields Development agency woman's group.
She has 9 years of previous experience working with the charity Sense Scotland, supporting people with disabilities and hopes to develop classes to work within an arts therapy setting in the future. Nicola is also trained to level 1 British Sign Language and plans to further this training in the near future.
The Glasgow Furniture Collective was originally started in 2013 by three friends studying HND Furniture restoration at the city of Glasgow college. The collective was initially founded to provide an umbrella of moral and technical support to these three emerging traders. Since then, the control of the collective has been taken over by one of it's main founders, Nicola Williams, and is now based at the RogArt Street campus building in the east end of Glasgow. You can find more information on it's location on the contacts page.
The GFC ethos is to work towards a sustainable environment and hopes to develop environmentally friendly methods and materials to offer customers to rejuvenate their furniture. This is also a main theme in the classes and tutoring provided by Nicola. The majority of furniture available for sale has been diverted from the landfill and found in local charity shops, reclaimation yards and the street. GFC also offers classes in upcycling and develops upcycled homewares and products
This ideaology is a work in progress but GFC has recently been involved in the Glasgow School of Art's reSource project where local artists and students have carbon costed the processes, tools and materials used in producing their work. The final output for this project can be seen below. Both chairs below were found to be in disrepair and have been covered in donated or scrap fabric. You can find the completed carbon cost for these projects in the final carbon calculator here. *Please note this document is an estimate for more info, please get in touch via the contact page.
You can find out more about our company ethos and commitment via our environmental policy here.