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Fine Cell Work

Fine Cell Work tries to give prisoners and ex-prisoners a future through embroidery. Stitch by stitch, people draw strength from embroidery.
Embroidery can be an affirmation of identity and self-esteem, materialized in thread and fabric. A way to find a 'voice', 'a sense of agency', under harsh circumstances. I embroider, therefore I exist. The embroidery pieces that women made in captivity in the Oranjehotel in Scheveningen and in internment camps on Java and Sumatra during the Second World War show this in a compelling way. The works prove how embroidery can be a way to process trauma or give it a place in times of captivity, conflict and mourning.