After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA in Crafts, Jude spent the first part of her working life in the art departments of the creative industries, designing, set building, prop making, and on-site styling. A need to create something with longevity sent her back to study upholstery (at what is now The Cass) where she gained a City and Guilds.
An award winning graduate of the upholstery course Jude now splits her time between the Cass, and running her own studio in East London where she works on her own projects as well as high profile commercial and private commission pieces, gaining industry recognition for a forward thinking approach to upholstery design and has had work featured in fashion, design and architectural publications.
Jude is also co founder and curator of Second Sitters - a series of exhibitions highlighting a new community of upholsterers who combine their traditional craft skills with contemporary thinking and radical material exploration.
Jude’s personal take on her upholstery skills brings a playfulness and humour to this traditional craft. The Stackers series (pictured here) takes an irreverent look at tradition and institutionalisation turning discarded objects into pieces that are both artistic and functional. These upholstery ‘interventions’ transform and elevate the familiar and often overlooked.