Theresa graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Product Design from Sheffield Hallam University.  It was here she discovered her passion for good design and her love for working with wood. She then undertook a Furniture Making course at the Colchester Institute where she achieved a Distinction and was nominated for a City and Guilds Gold Medal for Excellence.  She has worked as a furniture and piano restorer for 10 years before launching TT Designs.

Theresa now runs her woodworking studio on picturesque farmland in the Essex countryside providing the perfect location for her to draw inspiration for her natural contemporary design

hand cut marquetry jewellery boxes

Specialising in bespoke hand cut marquetry and producing original one off designs Theresa takes them from the drawing board right through to the hand making process.  She likes to incorporate her unique marquetry designs into each piece she makes, whether it is a bespoke luxury jewellery box or a fine piece of commissioned furniture. Her contemporary designs give a modern edge to a traditional art form.



What Theresa has to say:

Marquetry to me is patience and skill, using the best quality materials, a steady hand and a good knowledge of the delicate nature of different timbers to create intricate works of art using wood veneer.  

Although I love the intricacies of this classical skill I like to create sharp contemporary designs to a high level of craftsmanship. My style also incorporates the use of marquetry with contrasting veneers to add elegant detail to my work.  I get my inspiration for my designs from nature (especially my love for Trees) and my travels around the world.  My aim is to create beautiful functional pieces that will enrich their surroundings and will be admired for generations to come.

Alongside attention to design detail and quality of craftsmanship, a strong environmental ethic is at the heart of my business.  I always use locally sourced timber from reputable timber merchants.  For smaller projects I like to use timber which is reclaimed from local joinery shops or veneer suppliers.  It’s a small contribution to the environment but I like to think I give new life to condemned wood.