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Making it right

The project, hosted by HMP Thameside, aimed to help inmates desist from crime.


After the initial designing process, the inmates made prototypes from paper and other fabrics. This encouraged the inmates to follow the manufacturing process from start to finish.

Donated fabrics

Much of the fabric used was either donated by private organisations, or manufactured by Sabarmati Central Prison, India. One of the fabrics donated has a retail price of £900 per meter.


Each bag was displayed with a label identifying its designer, and also hinted at a name for the model – much like high-street products (Ikea’s ‘Billy’ bookcase, or Louis Vuitton’s ‘Alma’ handbag).

Theft proof

The labels provided information about the design inspiration and features of the bag, including the ways that the bag was designed against theft.


The finish products as modelled by visitors to the exhibition: Central St Martin’s Art College are aiming to continue the project by designing and creating sellable products to purchase online.

Stacey viewing art by German born Marion Boehm.

Marion Boehm settled in South Africa in 2010. Her practice has particular focus on the women living in Kliptown, a suburb of a former township in Soweto, Johannesburg. Upcycling discarded newspapers and sheshwe cloth, materials that speak to township lives, she crafts large-scale textiles pieces.