Iowa City workshop to demonstrate reupholstering discarded furniture

April 1, 2014 | 1:05 am

IOWA CITY - Upholstery expert, Amy Smith Pasley, will provide a seminar on the reupholstery of older furniture on Saturday, October 6th, 2012, explaining how restoring often disregarded pieces of furniture and upholstered home décor can help us reduce, reuse, and recycle.

The program, sponsored by Friends of Historic Preservation, will be held at the East Side Recycling Center Education Center, 2401 Scott Blvd SE at 10:00am. The workshop is free and open to the public.

“Amy’s Reupholstery Seminar,” is a fun and educational program designed to give those thinking about giving old furniture a new life a firsthand view of how it is done.  The program is presented by Amy Smith-Pasley, owner of Regeneration Factory in Iowa City.  As proprietor and operator of the Regeneration Factory, Amy specializes in finding furniture that is destined for the landfill and turning it into beautiful and functional pieces of art using all eco-friendly materials and fabrics.  Amy has been upholstering furniture since 1990 and has owned and operated Regeneration Factory since 1999.  With a background in interior design and art, Amy brings the art and craftsmanship to her jobs that stand above the competition. She offers reclaimed furniture that has been rebuilt for resale that makes the investment in the furniture go beyond just securing an heirloom, but also reduces the waste in our landfills.

“Older furniture was made to last.  It has good bones,” explained Tom Rosenberger, president of Friends of Historic Preservation. “Amy is able to take furniture that people throw on the curbside and make it look more stunning than it did in the first place.

The workshop will present the basic steps of rescuing and reupholstery furniture with examples Amy has completed.

Friends of Historic Preservation has been active in Iowa City, Iowa since 1975 when It’s founding members helped save “Old Brick” from demolition.  In 2007, Friends was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with a national Preservation Honor Award for the massive recovery effort after the April 3, 2006 Tornado.  In years prior, Friends invested in the community with both volunteer labor and funds to restore the Englert Theatre, purchased endangered homes in historic neighborhoods to restore and return to the community as single family residences, and many times stood with other citizens and groups to save endangered structures like the Carnegie Library and the Weatherby House.  In addition, Friends operates the Salvage Barn, an architectural salvage warehouse in cooperation with the City of Iowa City.

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