Textiles and Dress from Below – Criminal Clothing Research

In June I will be presenting my research on the clothing worn by women in the Stafford Prison photo albums 1877-1916 (from my Criminal Quilts project) at an academic workshop at Wolverhampton University on Thursday 7th June. The event  Textiles and Dress from Below: Ordinary and Everyday Textiles and Dress in Museums and Historic Houses looks at […]

Criminal Quilts – The Book

I am currently working on the Criminal Quilts book which will be out in mid-August 2018. This book will contain all the historical information about the photo albums, research by volunteers into individuals and my research into prison and personal clothing. It will also contain images of my Criminal Quilts textiles and information about their […]


Award winning artist – Arts & Heritage projects – Textile History – Public Engagement I have been working as an artist-maker in textiles for 13 years. Prior to setting up my own studio practice, I worked in museums for several years following a Masters Degree in Museum Studies. I now combine my creative practice and […]

Criminal Quilts collaborative quilt

Information regarding returning your quilt square including the address is all in the document below. Thank you collaborative quilt return form     CLOSED! Thanks for your interest but I’ve now had over 100 people register which already makes an enormous quilt! I am hoping to re-open this later in the year for exhibitions in […]

Criminal Herstories

Criminal Herstories is a display of research and interpretation generated through the Criminal Quilts project alongside some textile pieces made by Ruth Singer. The research work is presented in the form of a large book for visitors to read and explore. This book is inspired by the large bound photo albums of prisoner photographs which […]

Criminal Quilts Exhibitions

 Exhibitions Criminal Quilts brings together archive research and contemporary textiles inspired by the stories of women photographed in Stafford Prison 187-1916. It has been created by Ruth Singer with volunteers and project partners. The exhibition includes the specially-commissioned Criminal Quilts film showing archive research and making processes. Criminal Herstories local history display is touring Staffordshire […]

Criminal Quilts : Creative Residency

Alongside my research and workshops at Staffordshire Record Office, my Criminal Quilts project also includes a creative residency in the Fashion and Textile Department of Wolverhampton University. I included this in the project so I could work with students and staff to help develop the creative work and have access to their amazing studio facilities. […]

Criminal Quilts : Sketchbooks

In between archive visits I have begun working on a sketchbook to gather my thoughts and ideas for the new work I intended to make for the Criminal Quilts exhibitions starting in summer 2018 – which is suddenly really quite soon! I’ve created a sketchbook for sharing with people when I do talks about the […]

Criminal Quilts: Cataloguing the photo albums

During November I went through all eight photograph albums from Stafford Prison to record all the women featured in the photographs. The photographs begin in 1877 and continue until early 1916. The style of photography changes dramatically during this period as does the clothing worn by the women. The first set of images 1877-81 are […]

Criminal Quilts research blog : photo albums. 

The photographs which have formed the source material for Criminal Quilts are held in bound albums in Staffordshire Record Office. The albums are part of a large collection of archives from Stafford Prison and I’ve been working my way through each one in the last couple of weeks. The images I am working with date […]