Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fine Cell Work






You know the saying, 'A stitch in time, saves nine,' well if Fine Cell Work have anything to do with it, it will soon become, 'A stitch in time, to pay for your crime!'

This improbable charity, teaches needlepoint to British inmates. The prisoners do the work while they are locked in their cells and get to keep 30% of the profits from each piece that they sell. Fascinatingly, 80 per cent of Fine Cell Work's stitchers are men.

It gives a whole new meaning to chain(stitch) gangs, don't you think?!

13 comments:

  1. It really does. And 80% are men?..That is really something.
    Kisses

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  2. It definitely gives a whole new meaning! But what beautiful work they are doing! xo

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  3. wow! what an interesting concept. xoxo jcd

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  4. i saw an exhibition at the v&a museum in london about quilting and one of the quilts had been made by inmates at a prison, all of them male. they each did a square and stitched together it told a story of what it's like to be imprisoned. it was really impressive, especially the attention to detail.

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  5. totally love those, esp the pillows!

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  6. those pillows are so cute, and id love a swag bag!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  7. Interesting!! I like the idea of inmates doing something creative like this, especially an outlet that is calming. There was an Oprah show one day about inmates looking after dogs and how rewarding it was for them to raise them from puppy, to full grown dog, ready to become a rescue dog. Needless to say I had tears in my eyes listening to them talk about what they had learnt from such a venture. I wonder if prisoners do this in Australia?

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  8. Very cool iniciative! Their work is amazing, love the pillows!


    Camila F.

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  9. Wow. Very interesting .... it's got to be therapeutic for them, besides giving them something productive to do. Thanks for sharing!
    oxoxox
    Denalee

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  10. aw the butterfly pillows are so adorable! thank you o much for your comment & for following! we are now following you too <3 love your blog!

    hope you'll come back to visit us soon <3
    xo, camilla & valerie
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  11. Mez - I remember hearing something about Australian prisoners designing and screen-printing tshirts, but can't remember the name of the organisation that does this with them...

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  12. SJ - Fine Cell Work has been around since the 60's, so I wonder if the piece you saw at the v&a was by prisoners working with this organisation? Or maybe it's just a coincidence...

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