Talent within our midst

It never fails to surprise us how much talent exists in Ardentinny. We have more than our fair share of good artists and crafts people and Teresa Forsyth is no exception.

Teresa runs ‘Teresa Forsyth Upholstery & Soft Furnishings’ from her base in Ardentinny. The word ‘upholsterer’ might conjure up burly, leather-apron-clad males with a posse of apprentices. However, don’t let this diminutive, artistic lady fool you. She is as, if not more, capable and professional as the next man, or woman.

Teresa began her professional life as an actress and toured South Africa with Terry Scott and June Whitfield in a ‘Bedfull of Foreigners‘ which eventually brought her to work in the UK. On realising that her height, voice and accent were against her, she decided to move into stage management and later the Wardrobe Dept. where her sewing skills came to the fore and where she worked her way up to Wardrobe Mistress, touring the world with the likes of Anthony Quale’s Theatre Company. After five years working with Phantom of the Opera in London, she decided to launch her upholstery business. A previous sabbatical had allowed her to study and become qualified in the craft and in 2003 she felt the time was right to put her plans into action.

As you will see from her website, www.teresaforsyth.co.uk the scope of Teresa’s work is vast. While a traditionalist at heart, she tackles modern pieces; contract work; boats; caravans; and even Harley Davidsons with equal skill and panache. She also makes made to measure loose covers and curtains with Dunoon Hospital and Ardentinny Centre forming part of her portfolio and she will happily tackle alterations, such as replacement zips, hem adjustments and rips and tears.

Teresa’s precision and attention to detail are her trademarks, as is her very personal service. She will advise on the coverings within the context of the home setting. She also installs the finished piece or hangs the curtains personally to ensure everything looks as it should, resulting in lots of return custom which is the best recommendation one could wish for.

If you would like more information on ‘Teresa Forsyth Upholstery & Soft Furnishings’, visit her website or contact her by phone on 01369 810115.

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