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08/01/2022
 
Posted By: DreamingCode Admin
Prison Blues is an American workwear brand selling starchy blue jeans and rigid trucker jackets for around $50. Its a niche labelIf Levis is the giant of the jean world, Prison Blues is more like an ant scurrying underfoot. But the brands affordable clothes have lately caught the attention of young, fashion-conscious folks in Japan. A flip through Prison Blues tagged photos on Instagram reveals a plethora of Japanese fans wearing its midnight-blue jeans and chunky denim jackets with leopard-print coats, technicolor Coogi sweaters and vintage neckties.


11/10/2021
 
Posted By: DreamingCode Admin
Welcome to the OCE/UO Joint Venture page! For the past several years, OCE and UO College of Design have teamed up in a unique partnership to create innovative products and enhance the lives of the people involved through positive experiences. While these products are only prototypes and not for sale, the story is definitely worth telling! FOR THE 2021 OCE/UO JOINT VENTURE, the product of choice was parcel mailboxes.


11/02/2020
 
Posted By: DreamingCode Admin
We have received many letters and continue to see more come in. The responses have been fairly well-rounded with a range of positive, negative, and neutral tones. We want to share with you a letter we received from Kyle Colleen. Kyle Colleen resides at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution and works in OCE's programs there. Her last name has been redacted for considerations of safety and sensitivity. Kyle Colleen has years of perspective and sees OCE programs as a vehicle for positive change in the women who voluntarily participate. What she has to say in the following letter is real and in her own words.


11/01/2020
 
Posted By: DreamingCode Admin
We have received many letters and continue to see more come in. The responses have been fairly well-rounded with a range of positive, negative, and neutral tones. We want to share with you a letter we received from Farrell. Farrell resides at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution and works in OCE's Garment Factory. While he is able to see the positives in the skills he is learning, he has some changes he would like to see made. His last name has been redacted for considerations of safety and sensitivity. What he has to say in the following letter is real and in his own words.


10/30/2020
 
Posted By: DreamingCode Admin
We have received many letters and continue to see more come in. The responses have been fairly well-rounded with a range of positive, negative, and neutral tones. We want to share with you a letter we received from the OCE Furniture Factory clerk. He resides at Oregon State Penitentiary and works in OCE's Furniture Factory. He believes we effect change when everyone has a voice and we all work together. He has chosen to leave his name off of his contribution and we respect that choice. What he has to say in the following letter is real and in his own words.


10/23/2020
 
Posted By: DreamingCode Admin
We have received many letters and continue to see more come in. The responses have been fairly well-rounded with a range of positive, negative, and neutral tones. We want to share with you a letter we received from Robert. Robert resides at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution and works in OCE's Garment Factory as a mechanic. He is learning to deal with a lot of different personalities as he navigates his time in prison. His last name has been redacted for considerations of safety and sensitivity. What he has to say in the following letter is real and in his own words.


10/16/2020
 
Posted By: DreamingCode Admin
We have received many letters and continue to see more come in. The responses have been fairly well-rounded with a range of positive, negative, and neutral tones. We want to share with you a letter we received from Robyn. Robyn resides at Coffee Creek Correctional Institution and works in OCE's Sewing program, tutoring other AICs in a program where she once earned a certification of her own. Her last name has been redacted for considerations of safety and sensitivity. What she has to say in the following letter is real and in her own words.


10/08/2020
 
Posted By: DreamingCode Admin
We have received many letters and continue to see more come in. The responses have been fairly well-rounded with a range of positive, negative, and neutral tones. We want to share with you a letter we received from Andrew. Andrew resides at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution and works in OCE's Garment Factory. He has had several different work assignments with OCE and can compare his experiences with other states. His last name has been redacted for considerations of safety and sensitivity. What he has to say in the following letter is real and in his own words.


02/14/2020
 
Posted By: DreamingCode Admin
Untapped talent turned to new hope for what lies ahead that is the story of Jeff Lumpkin. Lying dormant beneath a need for opportunity and barriers resulting from avoidable choices was his path to a better life. Though Jeff is currently incarcerated, the discovery of his rich abilities has helped him redefine how he sees himself, how his family relates to him, and what his future now holds.


10/17/2019
 
Posted By: DreamingCode Admin
This collaborative effort between the U of O and Prison Blues brought design students together with adults in custody (AICs) in Oregon prisons. Students were able to see the working conditions within the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) and speak directly with AICs about their tasks, the machines they use, and how coveted the garment factory work assignments are within the institution.


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