Lincolnshire furniture upcycler demos at first ever Upcycling Hub at London Grand Designs show

Jonathon Marc Mendes, a self-taught furniture artist, teacher, photographer and stylist last week demoed his painted patinas in the Upcycling Hub at Grand Designs at London ExCel.

The Cleethorpes-born artist was invited on May 7 and 8 to join the UK’s top upfurbishers in the show’s first ever Upcycling Hub to showcase how to save old furniture from landfill and work it stylishly into modern interiors.

Senior Event organiser, Jade Sivell, from Media 1 said: “Jonathon did a fantastic job on the stage it’s been a delight to work with you all.”

Cleethorpes born, Jonathon first picked up Chalk Paint in 2016 when convalescing from a back operation, a result of 20 years of hairdressing. This rekindled his passion for home interiors as he loved the transformational qualities of what could be achieved with his own rule-breaking techniques.

Shortly after sharing some of his work online he was spotted for his unique style.

Photo: Beki Doig

He became Annie Sloan’s most popular ever Painter in Residence in February 2017 and more recently Global Creative Ambassador for Saltwash, a product that is added to paint to allow him to create texture for rust and verdigris on décor objets too.

In the last two years, he has taught at demos and expos, private workshops and by invitation of other paint professionals in Greece, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland Germany, South Africa and Australia. As a result he launched his own online Painted Love Academy with almost 3,000 students from over 50 countries taking classes in his core techniques.

Jonathon’s workshop is based in a Grade 2 Listed building in Caistor, Lincolnshire.

He shares the space with business partner and Bricktree Gallery owner, Sarah Lamballe, who renovated The Loft from a derelict building to create an exciting new creative events space in the Wolds, that’s also a video studio for their online Painted Love Academy.

Later in this month Jonathon is visiting the Netherlands to train Annie Sloan Stockists at the company’s European HQ.