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Criminal Quilts

About this project

The Criminal Quilts series draws on images of women criminals from Staffordshire Archives collections photographed with their hands on their chests. The first series of Criminal Quilts was purchased by the Shire Hall Gallery and is now on display in the Staffordshire Record Office. Ruth is Artist in Residence at the archives and developing a large scale project and touring exhibition for 2018.


£150 — £3500


commission, heritage, museum, archive, quilt, criminal


Textiles, Conceptual


Criminal Quilts
Photographer: Joanne Withers. Original photograph: Staffordshire Archives.
Miniature quilt using digital print of original photograph from Staffordshire Archives. Hand embroidery, appliqué and quilting.
Criminal Quilts project launch
Photographer: Ruth Singer
Launch invitation for 8th September event
Criminal Quilts - Patchwork
Photographer: Joanne Withers
Traditional paper pieced patchwork using antique fabrics, with digital print, hand embroidery and appliqué. 2m long.
Criminal Quilts - Hanging
Photographer: Joanne Withers (Archive photograph Staffordshire Archives).
Four layered piece using naturally-dyed silk organza, reverse appliqué, hand embroidery, appliqué and print of original photograph.
Criminal Quilts
Photographer: Joanne Withers
Embroidered textile

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