Sunday, 2 October 2011

A new life for Resurekt!!!!

Woohoo! We get the keys to our new workshop on Wewdnesday 5th of October, and we can't wait! We'll be in the Coates Paton Complex and we're both really looking forward to getting back into creating. The new workshop is bigger then the entire area of the shop, so there's room for a full workshop area for me (Cliff) that's easily separated from the clean areas for upholstering and sewing. So we'll soon have our house back to normal (instead of climbing over piles of fabric to get to the computer!) and will soon be able to start doing the markets. we'll keep everyone posted, so see you soon!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

New Direction

Hi everyone, sorry we haven't posted anything for a while but there's been a few quite significant changes in the Resurekt world. The biggest is that we have closed our shopfront in Invermay. There were several reasons for this, not the least of them being that it simply became too difficult to man (or woman) it. Both Matt and I have decided to take the business in a different direction and so, beginning in October you should be starting to see us at various local markets and we are currently working on an increased and more informative internet presence.  This will give us the opportunity to focus more directly on providing a high quality product, without the need to fill a whole shop! We will be moving into a workshop/studio space at the end of August, enabling us to centralise all of our work in one place, instead of a combination of our garage and the dining room table! We will keep all of you posted as to when and where, and the new pics will start very soon! And we both want to say a big thank you to our dearest friend and staunchest supporter, Tanya Murray (of  'Suburban Jubilee' fame). We couldn't have achieved so much in the time that we have been operating if it hadn't been for her (and Craigs) friendship and loyalty. Thanks also to all of the customers and friends that supported our gorgeous little shop. Stay tuned for our next incarnation!!!!!!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Hi everyone, it's been a while since we updated... been a busy time! We've been trying to get a bit more variety in the shop and we now have three different cushion makers! Abby, Tanya and myself (Cliff) have all got a couple in there now. We're re-purposing some Bolivian 'awayu's, and they look fantastic. We also have journals from Isis, scarves and baby blankets from Abby and Matt is churning out the Pear Doorstops! See you in-store soon!

Saturday, 30 April 2011

It's getting Cooler and we are sweating:)

Hello Blog world,
 This is one of our "Providence" boards. It shows the customer what the piece looked like when we found it. There is also a description of the things we have done to it. It gives the customer a better understanding of the piece.
 This top image is a 1970's love seat that we found. It was in a pretty bad state..but such a unique piece..we had to have it. A customer saw it in our workshop (at the back of the store) and purchased the chair on the spot. She proceeded to source her own fabric which was very expensive upholstery fabric.(I was a little nervous)...but below is the finished product. She was very pleased and I was very proud. It was for her husbands birthday (Today).
Things are going swimmingly at the shop. I am now officially out of the nest! I started Resurekt under the warm wings of 'NEIS" ( New Enterprise Incentive Scheme). This is a program run by the government to give a helping hand to anybody who fancies themselves as a small business owner. They give you training and a Mentor for your fist twelve a little financial help. Thanks to Launceston getting behind my creativity and supporting us...we are stronger than ever. We have now opened up the opportunity for people to bring in old furniture that they have collected...and we will resurekt it with our fabrics....or they can find there own special print. The furniture has to be in need of love! Not just a new upholstery job. We are trying to be a bit different and give the furniture an opportunity at a second life. So...we have been flat out. It's been a fantastic learning curve because I taught myself upholstery about 5 months ago.....This is why I havn't tackled anything that i feel is beyond my skill. My next move is to find an industrial sewing machine with a good piping foot. I am thinking of putting a "Wanted" notice in the local paper on the weekend. I don't have a huge amount of disposable cash...but I might be lucky with a bargain. Then I can get serious with some funkyness:)....and the old Bernette won't have to push herself so hard. Well...I am going to get back into some painting this weekend. I want to do some Trompe L'Oeil  on some little coffee tables...and see if people like them.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Innovation Sux!

Although we try to keep this blog fairly positive, I (Cliff) felt like a whinge. I'm sure that a lot of the bloggers on here that make and create can sympathise with my feelings at the moment. It is so frustrating that people don't realise the time and effort that goes into some of the work we all do.
The chair in the last posted pic that I was working on, took over two hours just to strip! That's before the repairs, the strengthening, the sanding and refinishing! And then it's onto the re-springing, padding and covering. We have had so much positive feedback in regards to Resurekt since we opened and we thank everyone for that, but recently I've been wondering if this concept is too early for Tassie. I sometimes look at our shop and think that some people must think we just throw a bit of old fabric and a splash of paint at a secondhand chair and expect a sale! Anyway, just had to purge a bit. Thanks. 

Hard at Work!

Thought we'd let you see the mayhem behind the magic... okay, it's not exactly mayhem, but you get the gist.


Gorgeous hula-girls and a dramatic yellow/black theme make this barstool a definate statement piece. There's another matching one on the way.


A fab new stool. The photo doesnt do this trippy fabric any justice... far more fabulous in real life!

New Ottomans

A couple of new ottomans that Matt whipped up. The first uses an old quilt and a wool blanket and the second uses some gorgeous remnant fabric. Very Deco!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

A delightful little trio of fire-engine red chairs, all with different fabric. The top one has some 60's fabric, the middle is an old tablecloth, and the bottom uses a fab designer remnant. All available separately. Perfect for a student chair or on the patio!
New Addition to the Resurekt family!
This chair was so rotten when we got it that we had to let it dry out for a couple of weeks. It had cracks in the timber that you could put your fingers in and was seconds away from the tip!
After some very clever (if we do say so ourselves) treatment and extensive finishing, this classy lady is back in all her glory. Dark cedar stained timber and a gorgeous deep purple and green scottish mohair blanket now make her the perfect bedroom chair!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

THIS CHAIR "ROCKS'!!!..Literally.. it is called a "Dexter" chair and it has 3 springs at the back of the base. The chair bounces gently as you snuggle up on the blanket covered seat with your favourite book. These are very popular pieces of furniture. I wish I could find lots more...but they are hard to find. Originally from around 1930...there are two styles with various arm designs. There is a "Male" Dexter which has higher arms and a head rest. The "Female" Dexter..has smaller arms because women used to sit in them and knit.
 This is a wonderful Bi-product of what we do. This Pear shaped doorstop is made up of the left overs from "Resurekting" the furniture. The body of the pear is made up from the cushion covers from the 1970's couches. The stem and leaf are made from the left over vinyl from old stool seats. They are then filled to give them some weight and they work perfectly.
 This brightly coloured stool is covered in a reclaimed 1970's curtain. The chair is adjustable and swivels.
Today was a dark and stormy day in Launceston...but that doesn't seem to deter people from coming into the shop. I met some very interesting people today and they are loving what we are doing , which is really nice. The positivity keeps the imagination and creativity flowing. I had a few return customers who bought another piece for their collections. Thank you to everybody for their wonderful support. We have now been open for only 6 weeks and a lot of our pieces are walking out the door. Onward and upward...Lots more to come.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

hmmm, what to start with... loving having the shop... it's really exciting that people are being so  positive about our concept. Hopefully our profile will be raised in the coming months here in Launny. We've got a lot of fab new things planned for the shop, including a range of ottomans and chairs upholstered in wool that has been organically dyed (maybe with some leaf prints - experiments ongoing!). Going to hit the glass cutter today to start on the pendant light fittings, and we are determined to finish the tyre swan!
kiddies activity desk; resurekt-ed from an old telephone table!
Set of 4 dining chairs; distressed green paintwork with woollen blanket seats
a small selection of the extensive range of 'TanyaLove' cards available at the store
a selection of the HIDEYO bags available at our store
30's vase, new finish inside and out

30's vases, newly finished inside and out
High stool, black metal with multi-coloured wooolen seat and back
metal low stool, green with a woolen blanket seat
Timber High-chair 'trompe-ed' with clouds and balloons, and a puffy cloud foot-rest
New high stool in store now, 70's black metal frame and woollen blanket.
* Accidently used a blanket with very significant sentimental value! oh well, now lots of people will benefit from it! *