MARCH: Talented designer Amy Vinn used liquorice allsorts to create stunning furniture

PUBLISHED: 17:52 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:48 02 June 2010

Amy Vinn and her allsorts furniture

Amy Vinn and her allsorts furniture

By Maggie Gibson TALENTED furniture designer Amy Vinn was enjoying a packet of liquorice allsorts when she decided to use them as the basis for a wacky suite of furniture. Now her colourful It Takes Allsorts design is to be exhibited at the NEC in Birm

Amy Vinn and her allsorts furniture

By Maggie Gibson

TALENTED furniture designer Amy Vinn was enjoying a packet of liquorice allsorts when she decided to use them as the basis for a wacky suite of furniture.

Now her colourful 'It Takes Allsorts' design is to be exhibited at the NEC in Birmingham and then 24-year-old Amy will be flying off to Italy for a coveted internship.

Her allsorts furniture looks set to attract attention at the NEC. She said: "The table and four stools is fun furniture for adults. I was eating a packet of allsorts when I said to my tutor I could make some furniture like giant sweets."

Amy enlisted the help of dressmaker Kath Cook of Long Sutton who helped with the upholstery but Amy spent weeks sewing on blue bobbles to make it look as authentic as possible.

The former Cromwell Community College student's interest in furniture began when she gained an 'A'grade in woodwork GCSE.

"It was my favourite subject and I did well at it," she said.

After leaving college Amy of Green Street, March, worked as a receptionist at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel and then left to become a restaurant manager in Peterborough.

She said: "I had a good job but I was bored and looked around to see what I could do with furniture."

Amy signed up for a course at the College of West Anglia and while there made a large, hand carved kissing seat which took eight months to complete.

Spurred on by her tutor, Amy decided to study furniture at Lincoln University and graduated with a first class honours degree.

Amy is delighted to have been offered the internship in Padova near Venice which is being funded by the European Union.

"It is pretty daunting but I am sure I will enjoy it," she said.

Amy, who lives with parents Sara and Peter, would ultimately like to launch her own business designing and making furniture.


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