A few weeks ago I had a fabulous evening in the new (ish) Tom Dixon restaurant, Paramount (Thirty second floor in a lot of other cities is like a residential home, but central London it’s cloudworthy). The space is fantastic as you’d expect from Mr. Dixon, and as we all got chatting it turns out it was also the scene for some beautiful shots that stylist Louisa Grey and photographer Simon Bevan created for Fine Cell Work. I soon got caught up in it all and couldn’t seem to focus myself on what I was more interested in – the fabulous setting, the great shots, the products or the story behind it all. You see Fine Cell work is a charity that was started in the sixties that supports inmates and teaches them needle work. The end results are handsticthed products, mainly cushions, with a third of the proceeds going to the inmates and the rehabilitation process proving terribly successful. The work is carried out in 26 prisons, whilst the prisoners are locked in their cells, and the earnings give them hope, skills and independence.
On a purely aesthetic level, the cushions are very well made and the subject matter of the cushions range from a typographic “Because you’re mine, I walk the line’ to tattoo art to Clint Eastwood illustrations. The lifestyle shots featured above are of the most recent collection which will be exhibited in the Tom Dixon pop up store for London Design Festival 18th- 26th of September. So what do you think, would you bring some prison art into your home?
If you’re interested in this, you might want to check out the FIne cell work shop here. Or check out more from the stylist, Louisa here. And while you’re at it, you might check out an old photo of myself and the mister, that I just spotted on Simon Bevan’s site…i’m the one in red!