work-in-progress UDHR Quilt block - by Ashley Catharine Smith
UPDATE: The UDHR Quilt project is now well underway, you can follow the 120+ artists as they create their UDHR blocks by searching for the hashtags: #UDHRquilt #UDHRquiltproject & #UDHRquilts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
There are also some work in progress images at the end of this page :)
About this Project
The UDHR Quilt Project is a collaborative craftivism project that looks to both celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and raise awareness about the numerous ways that the UDHR is being violated. The project involves embroidering all 30 articles of the UDHR onto 30 blocks, each block created by a different artist, which will then be used to create a large quilted wall hanging.
We have been overwhelmed by how many artists and makers have signed up to take part in this craftivism project. Due to demand, with the help of over 120 artists from over 23 different countries across the globe, we will be working to create four UDHR quilts instead of just one!
Our aim is to encourage people across the globe to learn more about the UDHR and inspire them to consider what they can do to uphold this important declaration. We have decided that we do our part to uphold the UDHR by using this project as an opportunity to raise much needed funds and awareness for the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR. Did you know that in our world today an unprecedented 65.3 million have been forcibly displaced from their home worldwide, among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. It is our hope that through this project, through our art, we can channel people’s consciousness and compassion towards this cause. By using out individual, social, workplace and online networks we will be encouraging people to show their support for this project by donating to the UNHCR. Furthermore, we will donate all net profits made through this project directly to UNHCR.
Making four quilts means that this project will have four times the reach. This astounding response to the artist call out - which saw over 130 artists and makers write to us in under three days - is a strong indication of just how treasured the Universal Declaration of Human Rights continues to be for people around the globe. It is also a reflection of just how strongly people feel the need to stand up for the UDHR in light of how terribly it is being violated around the globe. Through this project we are raising our collective voice against these violations, and striving to do what we can to use our creativity to have a positive influence on those around us and to support those who are less fortunate than we.
As a part of this project we are also going to be creating a four-part Zine that will feature the artists, images and stories behind every single UDHR quilt block. The Zine will be made available for purchase online and the money from the sale of the Zine will go towards helping us exhibit the UDHR Quilts globally - with any profits being donated directly to UNHCR.
For more information on UNHCR or to donate to this worthy cause please visit: http://www.unhcr.org/en-au/figures-at-a-glance.html.
Map showing the countries where UDHR project participants are from.
Our artists are from countries and cultures from all over the world, including: (in no particular order) Australia, America, France, Ireland, Scotland, England, Venezuela, Spain, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Estonia, Israel, Finland, Canada, Philippines, Sweden, Portugal,Turkey, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Russia, Latvia, Palestine, and Austria.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.
To read more and to see all the articles of the UDHR please visit: http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/
Stephanie Dunlap (@illuminatembroidery) is a multidisciplinary artist, student, and activist from Phoenix, Arizona who creates under the moniker illuminate. They work individually and communally to create accessible art that engages with the global community on an individual level. While varied, their larger body of work delves into themes of pattern recognition, intersectionality, and self-efficacy as a way of understanding and emphasizing an individual’s vital role in our global community.
Tal Fitzpatrick (@talfitzpatrick) is a PhD candidate with the Centre for Cultural Partnerships at the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia. She is an artist, craftivist and community development worker. Her participatory approach to the practice of Appliqué quilting is driven by her fascination with the power of craft to solicit the sharing of stories and ideas. In her creative practice as well as in her practice-based research Tal looks to unpack how we might drive social and political change by using art as a way to engage diverse groups of people in complex conversations. As part of her creative process Tal engages with the public as well as with community groups and charity organisations on projects that explore issues such as women’s rights, disaster resilience and the everyday practice of democracy.
Work in Progress