One of the most satisfying things about the work I do is to create something special from very basic materials.  I can start the day with just a few sheets of paper and rings of metal, along with my sewing machine and a pair of scissors and by the end have a lampshade that people notice (in a good way!) when they walk in the room.  I love designing and making something from scratch.

Occasionally though, I am asked to repair existing lampshades. Usually the shade either has some sentimental significance to the owner or was intrinsically interesting to start with.  This week I have been working on one such project.

Trio drum lamp

photo courtesy of lamp’s owner

The owner of this fabulous floor lamp lives in London and struggled to find someone there who would take on the challenge of restoring it to its former glory.

The lamp was bought in Paris many years ago and the paper had become so brittle that it would split as soon as you touched it.  As you can see, over time the paper had faded, torn and become water stained.


I have stripped the shades back to the bare frames and recovered them using some gorgeous paper chosen by the owner, backed with a liner to make them more robust than they were before.

It was time-consuming and very fiddly, but immensely satisfying to restore the shades and ultimately the lamp to how it looked in its Parisian heyday!


The owners should receive them next week – fingers crossed they are as pleased as I am with the result.  Hopefully they’ll send me a photo so I can see the shades reunited with the floor lamp and illuminated.

Watch this space!

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