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Nicholas Staw­in­ski- a native of Detroit- is an artist, furni­ture designer, and fourth-gener­a­tion uphol­sterer. He makes sofas, chairs, and ottomans that take their shape from the post-indus­trial land­scape of Detroit. His work draws on the mate­r­ial and processes of uphol­stery, which he has learned from working at his family’s 80-year old busi­ness. He was a resi­dent artist at Ander­son Ranch Art Center in Snow­mass Village, Colorado in the fall of 2010. His work was featured in the July 2012 issue of Amer­i­can Craft Maga­zine in an article titled Indus­trial Strength.” He earned his BFA from The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michi­gan in 2010 and His MFA from the Univer­sity of Wiscon­sin-Madison in 2014. He partic­i­pated in the second annual Open Studio Resi­dency at the Haystack Moun­tain School of Crafts in 2014. Nicholas is currently an Artist in Resi­dence at Arrow­mont School of Crafts in Gatlin­burg, Tennessee. He has taught work­shops at College for Creative Studies, Appalachian Center for Crafts, and is currently teach­ing work­shops on uphol­stered furni­ture this spring at Arrowmont.

Knoxvillet, TN
Upholstered furniture
Professional Status
Instructor/ maker
Member until Jun 15, 2020