Saturday, 23 June 2012

Fine Cell Work in Our Little Black Book


It would seem here at I Am Into This that we have got ourselves a little obsessed with cross stitch after featuring the fabulous items at Miso Funky. So, when I came across Fine Cell Work I knew I had to share this charity and their fabulous embroidered items with you all.

Fine Cell Work is a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework undertaken in the long hours spent in their prison cells to foster hope, discipline and self-esteem.
In prisons all across the UK, inmates are filling their hours embroidering cushions, bags, pictures and patchwork quilts.

The prisoners are paid for their work, which is then sold around the world; some pieces are interior design commissions, others heritage pieces for organisations such as V&A, English Heritage, Tate Modern, National Gallery and the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince of Wales

You can visit the shop online at Fine Cell Work and see some amazing designs. I was very much drawn to the geometric cushions but today I am going to share with you the embroidered items which will liven up any chair in your home.
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This cushion is my absolute fave having taken the lyrics from a Seasick Steve song


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Prison Calendar


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Heart & Birds by Karen Nicol
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Tate Modern
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HMP Wandsworth design by Charlene Mullen
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Daisy De Villeneuve - Mum & Dad
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Daisy De Villeneuve - Love
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Emily Peacock design
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Love cushion
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One of the coolest men alive Clint Eastwood
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Graffiti
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Tattoo Inspired Love Eagle


Fine Cell Work have carried out bespoke work for many international designers, including: Jasper Conran, William Yeoward, John Stefanidis, Kit Kemp and Melissa Wyndham. Check out this super duper Ercol chair…….
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Here's some of the embroidered sleeve art commissioned for Virgin Records…….

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Please go and take a look at Fine Cell Work's website, the whole story of this organisation is simply amazing and reading one of the prisoner's Karl's story gives you a great insight to the tremendous work Fine Cell Work does.


Teresa x



All images are from Fine Cell Work