The artist Susan Stockwell www.susanstockwell.co.uk has been doing some inspirational work with inmates from Wandsworth prison with Fine Cell Works. I'm looking forward to the exhibition at Manchester City Art Gallery and Platt Hall, entitled 'The First Cut' in October where she will be showing some of her works.
|Fine Cell Work, City Shirts & Blue Jeans 2011|
|Susan Stockwell, Mens Shirts 2011|
Fine Cell Work http://www.finecellwork.co.uk is sustainable social enterprise, and charity. Prisoners get trained in paid, skilled, creative needlework undertaken in their cells to foster hope, discipline and self-esteem.
|Susan Stockwell, Cot Blanket 2000|
|Susan Stockwell, Gandi Quilt 2012|
Gandi Quilt, measures 60 x 60 cm. A small quilt made as part of a series of quilts containg money with images such as Gandi, Florence Nightingale and Nelson Mandela. Materials: paper maps, money, cotton thread and ribbon.
You can find beautiful abstracts from Diane Melms www.dianemelms.com/
|Diane Melms, Concentric Squares 2009|
|Diane Melms, Standing Together 2007|
Also have a look at:
The artist Amy Ahlstrom who makes contemporary quilts that draw on elements of graphic design, street art and anime. http://www.madeinslant.com and www.amyahlstrom.com/
The beautiful work of Natasha Kerr http://www.natashakerr.co.uk/
A collection of word quilts at http://www.flickr.com
Debate over the origin of 'freedom quilts' http://www.telegraph.co.uk