The Assembly Market
The Assembly Market is a twice yearly market at Abney Hall in Stoke Newington. A collective of over 30 sustainable fashion and interior brands coming together for a beautiful boutique market. Follow us on Instagram @theassemblymarket and Facebook for dates in 2019 and details of all the sellers.
For Spring 2019 we are supporting Fine Cell Work a charity which makes beautiful handmade products in British prisons. They have the largest workforce of hand-stitchers in Europe, but with our help and donation they can work with many, many more. We've teamed up with Huddersfield Screenprinting to print our recycled market tote bags and for every bag sold we'll be donating £2 to this brilliant organisation. This is what your donation will help buy:
- £10 provides a prisoner with the materials for one tapestry cushion (100 hours of creative work)
- £50 sponsors a prisoner to train as a volunteer 'class coordinator', teaching and mentoring other prisoners
- £500 pays for the training, materials and support for one prisoner for a full year
FINE CELL WORK IN NUMBERS
In 2018, they worked with 612 prisoners across 31 prisons who spent approximately 300,000 hours stitching in-cell. 95% of stitchers are men and 20% of stitchers are under 35. Last year, Fine Cell stitchers made 6,444 products in prison cells across the country. A further 3311 items were made in two prison workshops. It takes on average five months to complete a cushion and the workforce spend an average of 24 hours each week stitching. An average cushion consists of 40,000 stitches. Since Fine Cell Work began in 1997, they have worked with over 7,000 prisoners.
To date, there is a reoffending rate of only 4% amongst FCW’s post-prison trainees. This compares with a national average of 48%.