Whatever happened to green car interiors? Or red, or blue, or white for that matter? Somewhere along the way, automakers lost interest in colors other than grey, beige and black upholstery. And quite frankly, it’s become old and boring. … [Read more...] about Whatever Happened to Green Car Interiors?
Rants & Raves
Before Upholstery Journal (UJ) magazine went out of print, it hosted an annual design and craftsmanship competition for auto, marine and furniture upholsterers. The contest was low key and never drew big players, but was still a lot of fun to participate in. … [Read more...] about The Upholstery Industry Needs an Award
In the comments section of last week's article, "Car Couture: The Ultimate Bore?", members of The Hog Ring community noted that the primary reason why automakers overlook professional auto upholsterers to work with fashion designers is money. Of course, they're right. BBC Autos recently published an article highlighting Chrysler Group's obsession with commissioning … [Read more...] about Car Couture: The Ultimate Bore? (Part 2)
For better or worse (…and it’s probably for worse), the fashion industry’s relationship with automakers doesn’t appear to be showing any signs of letting up. In fact, it’s only getting stronger. Car companies are still passing up the opportunity to work with talented trimmers in order to sign million-dollar deals with brand-name clothes designers who know absolutely nothing … [Read more...] about Car Couture: The Ultimate Bore?
For as long as I can remember, my auto upholstery shop has had an abundance of antique sewing machines lying around. My father has been collecting them for years. Swap meets, garage sales, flea markets and even curbside trash picking has filled my shop with more machines than I care to count. Most are a century old and serve no purpose but to take up space – or so I thought. … [Read more...] about Making a Case for Antique Sewing Machines