UNDHR Quilt Project – craftivism

Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House), 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT, from 25 October 2018. Check MOAD website.

Tal Fitzpatrick

‘Craftivism allows people to actively engage in democracy, contribute to social change, and transform the world one stitch at a time.’  

Aided by the power of social media, Australian craftivist Tal Fitzpatrick and fellow USA based craftivist Stephanie Dunlap put the call out for collaborators. 131 craftivists from across the globe, united by their passion for quilting and human rights, came together to showcase the power of their voices through the work of their hands.
(https://www.moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/udhr-quilt-project/)

They have produced four quilts, each containing the 30 articles of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 ‘as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It set out for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.’(see http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/)

Listen to Barbie’s interview with three of the people involved in bringing this exhibition to fruition. Music courtesy Mid-Air Machine.