Thursday 12 April | 6-8pm
To celebrate a series of collaborations between illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve and prison charity Fine Cell Work, the Museum will be hosting an in conversation. The evening will see artist Daisy de Villeneuve and writer Davina Catt discuss the process and inspiration behind the project and how Daisy and Fine Cell came to join forces.
Daisy and Fine Cell Work have collaborated on a range of cushions and a bag that have been made in prisons across the UK. The prisoners who take part in Fine Cell Work spend an average of 24 hours a week crafting finely embroidered cushions, patchwork quilts, and handmade giftware items in their cells. Not only does this work provide prisoners with a new sense of purpose and money which can be sent to families, but it also establishes a connection with the world beyond bars through the sale of their work.
Daisy will be discussing the project with Davina Catt, a writer contributing to publications including Vogue, a documentary director/presenter and a speaker, appearing regularly on BBC Radio and at the V&A Museum.
Following the talk Daisy will be signing her books, Fashion Mash Up, £17.99 published by Penguin and I Should Have Said, £7.99, published by Hardie Grant, both available to purchase in the Museum shop.
There will also be a selection of Fine Cell Work products available to buy on the night!
Daisy de Villeneuve is a London-based illustrator, writer and designer known for her felt-tip drawings and collaborations which brands such as Topshop, Nike and Missoni. Daisy has shown her work at several exhibitions, including a solo show at the Fashion and Textile Museum in 2004. To celebrate 25 years of the British Fashion Council in 2009, Transport for London commissioned her to design a special edition Oyster card holder, along with t-shirts and mugs. In 2016, Daisy’s book, ‘Fashion Mash-Up’ was published by Penguin Random House in partnership with the V&A and following titles like ‘I Should Have Said’, ‘He Said She Said,’ and ‘I Told You So’ have all been hugely successful. Last year Daisy was awarded a prestigious D&AD Pencil award for ‘Illustration for Advertising’. www.daisydevilleneuve.com
Fine Cell Work is a charity dedicated to the rehabilitation of prisoners. Working in 32 prisons across the UK, they train prisoners in high-quality, creative needlework in their cells and textile-training in prison workshops to foster hope, self-esteem and the self-belief to not re-offend. In addition to this, stitchers can earn and save money to send to their families or for their release from prison. In 2017, 5,635 FCW products were made in prisons across the UK. Fine Cell Work have collaborated with a range of designers since establishing over 20 years ago, including Cath Kidston, Gavin Turk and Celia Birtwell. In 2017, Fine Cell Work opened a community hub where ex-prisoners can come for work experience, employment support and mentoring. https://finecellwork.co.uk/
The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a book signing in the foyer. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.
£20 including £5 donation to Fine Cell Work
£15 / £12 students. All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.