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DIY: A Hand-Blocked Chair to Obsess Over

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 17, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Izabella Simmons last modified Apr 15, 2013

We recently wrote about sculptor-turned-furniture-maker Ariele Alasko, who creates furniture made of reclaimed wood in her Brooklyn studio. Now we're admiring her latest DIY project—a chair she decided to upholster in hand-stamped linen fabric (she even carved the hand stamp herself). Alasko's project took some effort, and in her blog entry she does mention the unexpected laborious hours the chair make-over called for. (And I know what she's talking about; a few years ago I took a semester-long upholstery class in Sweden, and I must say, ever since I have a complete different opinion about the labor-intensive profession.) To learn more about Alasko's DIY project, go to Brooklyn to West (her blog and shop). And see our studio visit at A Sculptor Turned Furniture Maker in Brooklyn . Photographs by Ariele Alasko Above: The chair upholstered in a hand-stamped linen. Above: Alasko used a rubber stamp, which she carved herself. A similar stamp and carving tools can be found via Etsy. Above: Alasko used the old fabric scraps to trace and cut the new pieces. She printed the pieces individually, using black acrylic paint. Above: Alasko stripped the green paint from the chair frame to expose the raw wood. Above: A picture of the old chair before the new hand-stamped linen was added. N.B.: Are your creative juices flowing? Here are another 290 DIY projects you might want to consider.






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