Fine Cell Work: A Brighter Future

Martyn White

Posted on March 28 2016

Fine Cell Work is a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled and creative needlework which in turn helps them in their rehabilitation process.

I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to an inspirational charity called Fine Cell Work and discover some of the fantastic and talented work being created by the participants. The new collection preview of their very first upholstered furniture range was held at the beautiful Ham Yard Hotel which provided a beautiful backdrop to the work. Fine Cell Work is a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled and creative needlework which in turn helps them in their rehabilitation process.

Blue white and red  tapestry mirror and lamp shade from Fine Cell Work

Involved in the enterprise is Firmdale Hotel's Design Director, Kit Kemp and very talented interior designer, Melissa Wyndham, both of whom are taking the charity to new levels with a fantastic made to order designer collection available from the Fine Cell Work website. The collection features a diverse range of products including a tall headboard, footstool, contemporary trays and embroidered mirrors, lampshades and cushions which can be made to order in a range of different sizes, colours and styles.

As you can see from the video above, the work and opportunities that Fine Cell Work is offering the prisoners is incredibly invaluable. Not only is it teaching skills, exposing creativity and helping these people on their release, it is keeping them busy, giving direction and even helping them re-establish a connection with their families to move on with their lives. 

vibrant and playful stitched Folk Cushion from Fine Cell Work

I have been taken aback by the quality, talents and skills demonstrated by the prisoners clearly displayed in these collections. It has been surprising to discover the involvement and facts surrounding the enterprise and what has been achieved to date. This cause surrounds a topic that many people barely understand and most of us brush aside in ignorance. The products and designs are a clear representation of what can be achieved, helping prisoners, often lacking direction and motivation to give them skills and a direction to focus on during their rehabilitation. 

A favourite design of mine has to be the Folk Cushion (grey cushion with the tree and animals) combining felt applique shapes onto boiled wool and finished with hand stitching. I love the use of colour and the incorporation of contrasting stitching into the tree itself to give such a striking and personal look. There is such a fun and playful side to this design. It has charm, can bring a smile to one's face, yet it still encompasses an elegance that allows it to become a feature accessory for a sofa, chair or bed. 

To find out more about Fine Cell Work, click HERE to view the official website. If you would like to find out more about the featured products and/or purchase any, click HERE to be taken to the Fine Cell Work online store. 



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