Threads of Time crowdfunder update

The Fine Cell Work project team have good news about our crowdfunder which launched earlier this month.

The Crowdfunder launch of our book project with the prison rehabilitation charity Fine Cell Work got off to a brilliant start two weeks ago. Thank you everyone who has contributed so far. We hit our original fundraising target within a couple of days and – at the point of writing – the total raised stands at over £24,000.

This is a result to celebrate – and we ain’t done yet. The funds more than cover the cost of producing our beautiful book, Threads of Time: 25 Years of Fine Cell Work, and all the surplus will go directly towards the charity’s work teaching expert needlework skills to men and women in British prisons. It’s work that has helped to turn around the lives of so many ex-offenders, and 26 is proud to support such an important cause.

The book itself is a unique collaboration of words, art and design, with contributions by authors Tracy Chevalier, Esther Freud, Louis de Bernières and Isabella Tree – and a cast of writers from 26. Altogether, nearly 40 26ers have contributed to the project. The book tells the stories of the wonderful stitched items produced by Fine Cell Work over the years and of the people behind them – the prisoners, volunteers, designers and clients. Threads of Time, which is designed by visual artist and graphic designer David Caines, will be published next spring to mark Fine Cell Work’s 25th birthday. 

The Crowdfunder site is open until the morning of Monday 7 June, so there’s still time to pledge for one of the tiered rewards, which include copies of the book and Fine Cell Work products, among them a cushion specially designed by David for the anniversary, with words by 26 member Caroline Kohl. Or you can make a donation.

And once again, a huge thank you to everyone who has already given Fine Cell Work their support, helping to make this 26 project a truly joyous achievement.

– Elise Valmorbida, Fiona Thompson, Sue Evans, Wendy Jones.

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