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 Barras Art and Design centre in the heart of the world famous Barras market in the east end of Glasgow.
Graduating from the City of Glasgow college in 2013, Nicola Williams, has been working for the past 2 years to develop this fledgling business. 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 2019.
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.
The Barras Art and Design (BAaD) centre is a venue, a studio, a retail space and a creative hub – bringing an eclectic mix of creative talents under one roof. It is a unique building in Glasgow with a spectacular covered courtyard with glazed roof supported on pink steel arches that fits a variety of requirements. You can find more information on the centre at www.baadglasgow.com
Barras Art and Design is located at the heart of the Barras market at Calton Entry just behind the famous Glasgow Barrowlands. You can find more information on it's location on the contacts page.