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'A stitch in time' (2020): a textile work unpicking our prison system

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James Fox

Lancaster University, GB
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Textile artist unravelling the threads of society
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This article investigates the motivations behind the construction of my artwork ‘A stitch in time’, which was produced in response to a private conversation with a recently released prisoner. Jeremy Bentham’s idea of the Panopticon as a building, as well as the idea of being ‘constantly observed’ were underlying considerations when developing a framework to contain the images and text from my research. My work highlights the facts and figures generated by a prison system struggling under the weight of persistent underfunding and overcrowding, as well as the group culture created by prisoners in search of a sense of identity, as revealed through their language and art practices.

How to Cite: Fox, J., 2023. 'A stitch in time' (2020): a textile work unpicking our prison system. Contemporary Voices: St Andrews Journal of International Relations, 5(1). DOI: http://doi.org/10.15664/jtr.1605
Published on 04 Apr 2023.
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