We need your support to raise the funds to produce an illustrated limited-edition hardback book – ‘Threads of Time: 25 Years of Fine Cell Work’ – to be published spring 2022. The book’s publication will be the culmination of a three-year partnership between 26 and the prison stitching charity. The Fine Cell Work campaign will launch next month on 12 May hosted by Crowdfunder and run for four weeks.
The book is important because it brings to light a collection of untold stories that celebrate 25 years of training prisoners in needlework and the rehabilitation that can result. It tells how designers, contemporary artists and volunteers have worked with prisoners and helped them to gain new skills, rebuild their self-esteem and create connections with the world beyond prison walls.
By supporting this book, you will help increase awareness of the charity’s work and the message of hope it offers prisoners in an otherwise grim setting. Once the book’s production costs have been covered, any additional funds raised will go directly to Fine Cell Work. We’ll email you when the campaign goes live with the Crowdfunder link and details of how to pledge, including the reward tiers on offer. For now, please make a note of the launch date in your diaries. Supporters will be able to pledge for the book and for additional rewards including beautiful Fine Cell Work products made in prison.
We’re excited to announce that one of the reward tiers will feature a ‘word’ cushion in a limited edition of ten, handstitched by prisoners, with text by 26 member Caroline Kohl and typography by David Caines, designer of ‘Threads of Time’.
We invited everybody connected with the project – chapter writers, fragment writers, editors, team admins and resident poet (reading this you’ll know who you are!) – to submit writing for embroidery onto the cushions. We had a brilliant response and left it to Fine Cell Work to choose the winning text. Caroline’s message stood out. It couldn’t fail to:
Hope is the Key
Expect to hear more from us very soon.
– Elise Valmorbida, Fiona Thompson, Sue Evans and Wendy Jones