Postcards from Prison Diary
Erika discovered herself in Art following her arrest for breaking the Law. She found the experience so traumatic that she wanted to document her feelings show the world what she was going through, not only as a deterrent to others who find themselves in a similar situation, but to try and show how to make the best out of any bad situation that anyone may find themselves in.
Erika drew at least one postcard every day for the last 3 months
of her 6 month period of her time on Bail and
throughout her whole period of incarceration
and subsequent release.
Erika has won many Koestler Trust Awards for her Artwork. The Koestler Trust runs an annual Award Scheme that is open to anyone serving a sentence in a secure establishment or secure hospital as well as anyone who is still serving their sentence on licence in the community. Koestler invites entries across a wide range of disciplines visual and non-visual and receives over 7000 entries every year. A selection of the work is also shown at the South Bank Royal Festival Hall from mid September to mid November every year as well as regional shows across the country.
To find out more about the Koestler Trust, other prison related charities and useful help and advice, go to the Links page
During her incarceration Erika refused to buy any greetings cards from the prison canteen sheet, opting to make her own from torn up images from newspapers. Erika continues to make these Award Winning Authentic Collage Cards and now offers them for sale through Recorded in Art Store. Each one is unique and is not only a greetings card, but a piece of original Artwork.