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Out of the Dark

Out of the Dark

Posted by Jessica 25.06.2013

Swaffer has been delighted to support Out of the Dark, a social enterprise based in High Wycombe which uses traditional craftsmanship to engage with youth and breathe new life into old furniture.

Founded by Jay and Jade Blades, Out of the Dark aims to educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by training them in traditional crafts whilst recycling and repurposing salvaged furniture.

Donated and salvaged furniture and fabrics are given a new lease of life as teams of young people are specifically trained in recrafting items - from planning and sketching to fixing, priming and restoring and finally painting and finishing - not only producing beautiful restored pieces of furniture but also providing the students with practical life skills.



Jade Blades commented 'The youth love it, it becomes a matter of pride to work on a piece that looks like it has no life left to it, but then through their effort it becomes a piece that even they themselves like and would consider owning!'



Through their work Out of the Dark is inspiring a whole new generation in traditional craft techniques and British craftsmanship. By collaborating with many retired crafts people who volunteer their time to teach students in upholstering, weaving, restoring, gilding, chair caning and wood turning it is ensuring their knowledge and skills are not lost but passed on and these crafts are kept alive.



Out of the Dark has used a number of Swaffer, Alhambra and Casal designs to upholster some of their pieces, some of these fabrics even having been recycled from the Interiors Live show at the NEC.


Alhambra Bologan fabric recycled from Interiors Live


Repurposed chair upholstered in Whitworth 04, which now resides in the Beaconsfield Farrow & Ball showroom


Chair upholstered in Casal fabrics recycled from Interiors Live


Swaffer has been proud to support this enterprise by donating fabric, if you are able and would like to contribute to this inspiring enterprise then contact Jade at info@outofthedark.org.uk or visit their website for more information.

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