Southend Creative Studio is inspiring Southend to create, and build a legacy for traditional craft provision for the whole community and ensure that everyone can experience traditional craft such as upholstery, sewing and fashion design and follow in the footsteps of 18th-century craftsmen and women.


Southend Creative Studio adult classes offer practical courses in traditional upholstery and sewing techniques open to both men and women to provide practical ‘hands on’ experience and a wonderful introduction to traditional craft skills to develop confidence and skills.

We will be adding new courses throughout the year, so come along and learn a new skill alongside your full-time job for a balanced life. If you are an absolute beginner or seasoned professional sign up to our classes, newsletter or contact us to find out more about classes and early bird discounts.


Dee Curtis comes from a creative background, trained in Design and Pattern Cutting at the London College of Fashion where she went on to work as a Designer and Pattern Cutter for over 15 years for renowned brands such as Oasis and Coast.  In 2012 Dee turned her creative focus in gaining qualifications in Traditional Upholstery and restoring vintage furniture.

An Arts Award Advisor and qualified Lecturer with experienced of teaching accredited, non-accredited courses, Dee has been inspiring learners for over 10 years and now lecturing at Essex Adult Community Learning in Dressmaking and Traditional Upholstery as well as delivering classes in the local community of Southend.

Dee says, “I have been working in the creative industry most of my life and now love passing on my skills whilst encouraging learners to develop and find their own creative style”. This has been her catalyst for starting Southend Creative Studio, to support and engage the next generation of Fashionista as well as adult learners looking to gain practical hands-on experience in Sewing, and Traditional Upholstery.