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Pre-Placement Training: Another Flock on the Wall

Back to basics

After a ten week live build, the wooden shelter for the Dumfries House Estate is finally complete. It's been a fantastic experience to see the whole project through from start to finish, and have the opportunity to work with such a dedicated and varied team. The end result looked stunning and we're all really proud of it.

Following the project, we had a week off before attending a short course at a college in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in preparation for our upcoming work placements. Here, we had further training on high-end wall coverings and we were taught once again by the very knowledgeable Tom Little, from the Scottish Association of Painting Craft Teachers.

The course built on what we'd learnt during our visits to the wallpaper factories the month before, and went into more detail about the manufacturing and handling of traditional wall coverings. Unlike the regular wallpapers that you can buy at your local DIY store, these are much more delicate and almost like fabric in their texture.

We also learnt about flock wallpaper where small fibres are deposited onto the surface to give a more velvety coating and create interesting tactile and visual effects. This kind of paper is particularly fragile and shouldn't come into contact with moisture, however, it looks fantastic, and I'm hoping that I'll have the chance to use it in the future.

Now that we've finished our training, we?re ready to begin our four-week work placements. I'll be working for a specialist decorators in the West Midlands, which does a lot of ecclesiastical work in traditional buildings. I'm hoping to put some of what I've learnt on the programme so far to use, and observing the experts in action will be equally as valuable.

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