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October 14th, 2013

Trine Lindegaard Fuses Kente and Charity through Colab with Fine Cell Work – UK’s biggest prisons.

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Written by: Jacqueline Shaw
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Trine Lindegaard has featured on AFG before for the unique use of Kente textiles. Trine spent some time in Ghana developing new Kente designs together with a local family run Kente weaving business. For the SS14 collection Trine collaborates with the charity Fine Cell Work in one of the UK’s biggest prisons.

Through setting up this prison workshop the prisoners were taking part of the whole creative process of developing the collection. The inmates were excited about being creative and took the FREEDOM brief to heart. It enabled them to communicate their own personal creativity through the medium of stitching and fashion design. The overall aim of this was to foster “hope, discipline and self-esteem among their communities.’  The result of this was a change in their thoughts, perceptions as well as their ideas being showcased throughout the collection. Together they came up with new patterns inspired by the inmates’ work on FREEDOM such as the use of their illustrations being used as prints, bold embroidery and hidden details.

Trine Lindegaard team of Ghanaian weavers who created the handmade textiles for her designs  go straight to the source and include every aspect of the weaving process from picking the cotton to the dyeing of the yarn through to the hand-weaving the fabric. It is culminated in a combination of vibrant colours and positivity, optimism and creativity.

This sporty collection maintains that aesthetic but being created by such a unique collaboration provides than an uplifting message of love and freedom but obviously seen in the artwork.

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One Comment

  1. Truly making the captives FREE!
    Maybe making them proud of their roots?

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