Trine Lindegaard’s happiness collection brings together needlework from UK-based prisoners and traditional textile crafts of West Africa known as Kente.
Embellishment has been hand embroidered by prisoners. Trained in the fine skills of needlework the prisoners generally work on traditional British embroidery on soft furnishings. Trine Lindegaard worked to create something the prisoners could relate to.
Lindegaard drew inspiration from a painting prisoner ziga was asked to create on the subject of happiness, an amazing imaginative image for someone who rarely sees the outside world – both naive and surreal.
The A/W13 embroidery will be produced within UK based prisons in collaboration with Fine Cell Work – a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled and creative needlework. The goal being to foster hope, discipline and self esteem with a view to connect prisoners to society so they leave prison with the confidence and financial means to stop offending.
Fine Cell Work is done in 29 prisons with 420 prisoners. 75% of the stitchers are men. Trine Lindegaard supports Fine Cell Work and the individual prisoner economically.