Award for Colney Heath upholsterer

Wendy Shorter of Wendy Shorter Interiors who has been shortlisted for a prize in the craft skills aw

Wendy Shorter of Wendy Shorter Interiors who has been shortlisted for a prize in the craft skills awards 2013 - Credit: Archant

Experienced upholsterer Wendy Shorter has had her talents royally recognised for a second year in a row.

Wendy from Colney Heath was recently awarded Trainer of the Year by the Heritage Craft Association, whose president is Prince Charles.

Her recognition comes after her first win last year, where she was given an award for encouraging craft skills in informal settings, presented by the Prince himself.

Wendy, former secretary to film director Stanley Kubrick, runs Wendy Shorter Interiors, the largest independent furnishing and upholstery centre in England.

Four hundred students train at the upholstery centre, where Wendy acts as a tutor passing on her expertise to the next generation.


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She trained at London Guildhall and West Herts College, going on to teach at both institutions.

After the college course lost its funding, Wendy was urged by her pupils to set up her own upholstery workshop.

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The Heritage Craft Awards highlight the crafts made in the UK that contribute to the country’ national heritage.

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