September 30th, 2016

Putting her skills in the shop window

Updated: 10:26 am, May 07, 2015

AN ACTRESS who gave up her career to make chairs has been recognised as part of a campaign by a leading national department store.

Den Woods was chosen to be part of Selfridges’ Bright Old Things project which champions those who have shunned retirement in favour of embarking on a new line of work.

The 60-year-old, from Beoley, has now designed special showcases for her creations in the windows of the company’s stores in Birmingham and London.

Den, better known to fans of BBC daytime soap Doctors as Annie Briggs, did a career u-turn after lovingly restoring an old unwanted chair and discovered an unknown passion.

She is now on chair number nine and her pieces are selling for £3,000 a piece.

“I am really happy to have had the opportunity to work with the wonderful creative team at Selfridges, who have completely realised my visions for both my window in Birmingham and in London.” she said.

“Both are exactly as I’d hoped and truly reflect my work and passion.”

Ruth Harris, Selfridges’ general manager, said Den was a hugely inspiring woman who had proved age was nothing but a number.

“She’s found her calling later in life, and we’re only too pleased to give her the stage she deserves to showcase her fantastic and unique creative curiosities.” she said.

“We urge people to come and see our new store windows – they are truly beautiful works of art.”

Den Woods with one of her pieces of work. (s)