Tatiana Johnson (Ms. Peaches) teaches our “Upholstery” class.
Tell us more about yourself?
I love interior design as much as I love music. I fuse the two together and create authentic furniture and I also have the honor of teaching the upholstery and reupholstery skill at Nashville Community Education. I am originally from New York, but I was raised and graduated high school and college from Tennessee. Besides teaching upholstery, I design and sew home goods influenced by my love of Hip Hop as well as travel essentials, I DJ and co-own a creative marketing company as well.
How did you get started in your business?
I first started in the business because I wasn't able to work a steady job. My Grandmother had Alzheimer's, breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancer so I had to be with her at all times. Upholstering and reupholstering furniture along with home staging was the only thing I could do that would allow me to take care of my Grandmother and pay bills. It didn't feel like work and inspired by my Grandmother because before her illnesses she was a Nurse as well as a Jill-of-All-Trades with home improvements, interior design, gardening, seamstress, cook and not to mention upholsterer.
Why did you decide to share your business expertise with Nashville Community Education?
I saw the opportunity to not only teach my skills to others but also learn from my students and possibly new ways to do things. Upholstery is something that is a very rare skill so I enjoy knowing that I and others enjoy the art and craft of it as well.
What inspires you about the Nashville entrepreneurship/business community?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE that everyone here isn't afraid to take a leap of faith, so many new businesses in the area I have found almost didn't happen, but they did because the people here went for it no matter what. I'm honored to meet a lot of them through Nashville Community Education.
What is a takeaway you love students/clients/customers to take from what you do?
To be enthusiastic about the process of creating. It's tedious and hard at times, but the journey is fun and showing the commitment to even start is a huge victory!
What’s your favorite business quote?
Never stop learning.
What’s one thing you wish people knew about you?
Besides teaching upholstery, I DJ, an avid festival goer and I love to travel; but more than anything I LOVE BEING HOME. It's my place to create and change things around especially designing. I am most influenced by my late Grandmother, Anna Lee when it comes to fashion and interior design.
If you could give any personal business advice what would it be?
Be open to new techniques and new ways of doing things and study as if you're still in school because when you find something that you're passionate about, it won't feel like work.
You can learn more about Tatiana at eyepissglitter.com.