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Humans of Petit – Elise

What made you want to volunteer?

Elise I volunteered because after my University degree in Furniture and Product Design I found it very hard to get any replies from furniture design jobs due to the fact all the designing is now done via CAD. I was traditionally trained which is why I chose the course in the first place, I drew by hand and made by hand. This lead me to volunteer and Petit Miracles I needed some form of furniture creation to keep me using my hands.

How would you describe Petit Miracle Interiors?

Petit Miracles is a really nice place to be, the shop and workshop are bright and clean, everyone who works there is really friendly and helpful. The environment is relaxed which means cracking on with some upcycling is very therapeutic and enjoyable.

Have you developed new skills whilst volunteering?

I have learnt how to look at old furniture in a different way before I would chop it up and use the wood to make something new, but it has taught me to appreciate the original design, even when it is not my taste.

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Mayor joins celebration in Hammersmith as 19 budding entrepreneurs start up for the first time

Entrepreneurs, business people, local residents and the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham came together on Tuesday the 13th June 2016 to celebrate the graduation of 19 participants from Tree Shepherd’s Start Your Own Enterprise training course.

The 8-week course which supports trainees to develop their own business plan was funded by Hammersmith & Fulham council alongside Hammersmith United Charities, White City Big Local and with support from Land Securities and the project is delivered as part of a larger programme in partnership with the Petit Miracle Hub. This course is just the beginning of an exciting entrepreneurial journey for local residents.

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Humans of Petit: Junior

My name is Junior, I live in Victoria and I have been volunteering at Petit Miracles for almost 2 years. I initially came to Petit on a work experience placement. I enjoyed it a lot; I met new friends, learned new skills and really enjoyed the work I was doing and skills learned. After the placement finished, I decided to stay on as a volunteer to continue my learning and develop myself and the skills I had gained. I have learned many different aspects of the workshop, from the correct use of hand tools and the traditional methods used, to learning how to use rotary saws such as the mitre saw and electric sanding machines.

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Humans of Petit: Federico

My name is Federico and I am from a town just outside of Rome. I recently completed a degree in Furniture Design. The qualification involved all the stages from initial concept of a piece, right through to creation. I was offered to come to England on a 6 month internship through my college and was placed at Petit Miracles.

Here, I have learned more about commercialisation in the furniture industry but also have had the chance to learn and use different materials I had never used before; different types of paint, finishes, oils and stains. On top of all of this, I am also slowly improving my English!

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Humans of Petit: Abdul

Abdul is currently on a 6-month placement with Petit Miracles. Originally from Italy, Abdul studied furniture design with a specialized focus on construction. After 5 years studying he has decided to throw himself, not only into a working environment but also into another country, test what he has learnt.

Within a short period of time he has developed an understanding of customer needs, standards, the demands and deadlines associated with the industry.

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Humans of Petit: Kate Moore

Kate Moore – General Manager

I have always been interested in furniture and loved being creative but never really had the confidence to pursue it as a career. I saw an advert for an apprentice position at Petit Miracles and the rest is history! I am now general manager, my role includes Upholstery for the shop and bespoke orders, helping customers with their queries, making sure the shop looks beautiful and whenever I can I will be in the workshop!

Petit Miracles has given me confidence in myself and abilities and helped me grow as a person. I love working here because it’s a really creative environment, we have a great group of staff and volunteers and every day is different! My favourite piece of furniture so far has to be ‘Hattie’, a multi-media chest of drawers, one of the first pieces I worked on.

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Partnership project: Viridian housing

We have been working in partnership with housing association Viridian Housing to transform a communal area creating a warm and welcoming space for their residents.  Viridian residents volunteered to learn how to upcycle furniture and work with our team, over a span of 12 weeks the volunteers have been working very hard, learning restoration and upcycling techniques in our workshop.

Residents now have a lovingly refurbished communal area complete with upcycled treasures, It’s the first space to be redecorated under the new project Changing Spaces and the photos speak volumes. What do you think of the results?

Fancy having your space receive an overhaul?  Get in touch and see whats possible! info@petitmiracles.org.uk

Viridian photos

Saturday afternoon furniture upcycling workshops

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Every first and second Saturday of the month is furniture upcycling day!

Join us at the Petit Miracle Interiors shop in the West12 shopping centre, London, Shepherds Bush, to work on an item of your choice….

Skills:

We work in a small group so the session will be tailored to your skill level and experience. In general, you will work on a small item, such as a chair, stool or side table, and you can expect the session to cover the following:

  • minor furniture repairs
  • sanding
  • painting
  • waxing / finishing furniture

When:
1-4pm on the first and second Saturday of each month.

Where:
Petit Miracle Interiors, First Floor of the West12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8PP (map)

Price:
£35 per person. This includes all tools and materials.
Please note: if you would like to purchase the item you have worked on, you will be given a discount off of the purchase price.

Sign up:
To reserve a spot, sign up at the Petit Miracle shop, first floor of the West12 centre, Shepherd’s Bush, or book via eventbrite. Any problems email info@petitmiracles.org.uk

West12 here we come!

Finally the time has come. After our successful 6 month pop-up shop, we are opening a permanent shop back in the West12 Shopping Centre. Located on the first floor you will find the same great workshops on offer and beautiful reclaimed and upcycled wares. To make it happen we are looking for more great volunteers in the following areas:

-Tutors/trainers/teachers with furniture restoration experience.
-We are also looking to exhibit eco-friendly, upcycling fashion designers who may want to showcase their designs within our shop.
-Any and all artists/creative types that want to contribute to our pop-up shop experience.
-Qualified builders to offer DIY workshops to vulnerable adults and at risk youth. Teaching the health and safety and basic DIY tasks.
-Qualified builder to help with the set-up of the pop-up shop.

We believe that volunteering needs to be mutually beneficial. We have loads of tasks, skills needed and are happy to offer references, share your work with our wider network, and if applicable, you can use this as opportunity to enhance your portfolio.

The shop is due to open 28 January with trading to commence on 30 Jan so we we will need all the help we can get to make it happen.

Please get in touch, if you or anyone you know, who may be interested.

A link to help you find us: http://west12shopping.co.uk/

Looking forward to seeing you at the shop!