Fine Cell work Event

Martyn White

Posted on March 28 2016

In early March I was invited to attend a discussion and season launch by the talented Kit Kemp, Firmadale Hotel's Design Director.  The discussion was to introduce the new season collection of products from Fine Cell Work and discuss the involvement and talent behind the charity. Fine Cell Work is a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled and creative needlework and it was such a pleasure to be invited to the launch to discover more of their fantastic work. The event was hosted at the Ham Yard Hotel and provided such an incredible backdrop to showcase the new season collection of products.

I was taken aback by the quality, talents and skills demonstrated by the prisoners clearly displayed in these collections. It was inspirational to discover the involvement and facts surrounding the enterprise and just what has already been achieved to date. The cause surrounds a topic that many people push aside and barely talk about, the rehabilitation of prisoners. 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 particular favourite design of mine has to be the Folk Cushion (middle grey cushion on the sofa) 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 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. 

This is Fine Cell Work's first upholstered furniture collection and features a diverse range of products including a tall headboard, footstool, contemporary trays and embroidered mirrors, lampshades and cushions which can made to order in a range of different sizes, colours and styles. Click HERE to discover more from the made to order collection or, if you would like to find out more about Fine Cell Work, click HERE to be taken to the official website and online store. 

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