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Hi all

FINALLY I have some time! As part of my new year's (business) resolutions, I have decided to start a small blog providing regular updates on the going on and work at the Glasgow furniture collective but also introduce to you interesting ways in which furniture can shape and influence the world we live in through art, activism and ethics for example.

However, as this is my first blog post I’ll use the time to tell you a little more about myself and what exactly is Glasgow furniture Collective. So here goes….

Who am I ?

My name is Nicola Williams, a 32-year-old messy, whippet owning, east end living upholsterer.

The one thing that I love most is to learn about new places, people, topics and crafts. The latter, ultimately, brought me to the path I am leading now. It started in 2008 and I was working as an analyst in the National Health Service. I loved this job but the sedentary nature of the role left me frustrated and so I thought I would dabble in a bit of upholstery and enroll in the City of Glasgow College’s upholstery night course.

Immediately, my love for all things changed from shoes and fashion to upholstery, furniture and tools. Then it started to snowball, I ended up working part time and completing the HND furniture restoration course at the college over the following 2 years. Fast forward several years of juggling work, more work, friend and family and I decided to go for it and in 2015 I quit my job, went on holiday for 3 weeks and returned to face the scary prospect of self employment,

I can honestly say that this has been the best decision of my life. It has no way been easy though. It can be hard, stressful, time consuming, lonely, body aching work but slowly it is paying off and the pros always outweigh the cons. However, it sometimes doesn’t feel that way at 3am crying over a zip. And another thing, it's never too late to change your direction.

What actually is the Glasgow furniture collective?