Shelly Leer and Jamie Facciola host a panel on "Fast Furniture and its Discontents". This lively discussion between an upholstery educator and a critical observer of furniture waste will shine a light on this taboo topic and examine why upholsterers should be paying attention.
Shelly Leer has been taking apart furniture and rebuilding it for over 20 years. Her familiar voice and easy-to-follow projects have worked their way through the hands of creators from novice to professional. Originally branded as modhomec.com, HomeRoom is the studio home to her courses, workshops, and provides a creative space for an expansive student base who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and do the satisfying work. In 2019, her first book, The Little Upholstery Book-A Beginner's Guide to Artisan Upholstery, was published by Schiffer Publishing. A graduate of Butler University, Shelly holds a B.S. in Education with a concentration in Textiles and Design.
Jamie Facciola is an award-winning social entrepreneur whose work on developing local solutions to circular economy challenges has been covered in BBC News, Fast Company, and GreenBiz. Her current project, Furniturecycle, is a Solutions Lab that explores furniture waste from the bottom up. Her professional background is in environmental science and corporate environmental management. She is on the Board of the National Upholstery Association, and holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UCSB.
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