There’s nothing like the feeling that you’ve brought something beautiful from the past back to life.

 – Ray Clarke

Originally trained in menswear fashion and printed textile design, after graduation I made some attempts to build a career in the fashion industry or start my own clothing business,  both of which left me feeling seriously disillusioned and in serious debt.

From a low point, a friend gave me the opportunity to restore a pair of office chairs for her home.

Relying on my previous experience and training in design, I took on recovering the chairs, realising I absolutely loved the ability to reimagine and recreate furniture, thus the idea of re-directing my skills and re-training in upholstery and soft furnishings was born.

I enrolled at London Metropolitan university and after 3 enjoyable years and graduation, I took work experience for a number of different established upholstery companies, I set up my first workshop from a tiny 1 bedroom flat; with just my industrial sewing machine, a few upholstery tools and a determined mind buzzing with possibilities!

For me, design, production, and creative flair are bound to a commitment to durability, quality and high standards of workmanship.

In 2009 I moved into my first dedicated workshop space, a subsidised shipping container studio offered to me by Bow Arts Trust.

The first few years were hard, exciting, frustrating, stressful, exhilarating and wonderful all the same time. A later move to a larger workspace in 2015 continues to help me accomplish some beautiful furniture pieces which further explore my art through this craft.
My work has been featured on Television shows like BBC1’s “Money For Nothing” and Channel 4 shows “George Clarkes Old House New Home” and “Kevin McClouds Supersized Challenge”, as well as featured in National Newspapers and Magazines The Sunday Times Supplement and British Vogue respectively.

It is my hope to become a full member of the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers (AMUSF)within the next few years, establishing a small team to co-create ever more wonderful statement pieces, printed textiles and soft furnishings for your home or business.

Atelier Ray Clarke Ltd T/A Ray Clarke Upholstery & Design Company registration number :12018355