Article 19

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Cathy Speed

About my work

I was drawn to this Article as each person’s individual thoughts and opinions are what give them their individuality in the world. Being able to express your authentic self is important to living a good life.

Since I work within the media and communications field, I can see how easily a party/person could take control of communication forms, and what effect it would have. There are many places where people are one political turn or one media takeover from a higher level of censorship.

Initially I was going to put iconography around the Article text, but leaving it blank is a more fitting approach as it encourages people to think about what opinions and methods of communication they hold dear. Hopefully this then leads to people thinking about what would happen if that was cut off from them, and becoming slightly more aware of how precious and fragile this right is—even in a country like Australia.

- Cathy Speed

Cathy Speed

About me

Cathy Speed is a craftivist and designer from Melbourne, Australia. Her work primarily involves themes relating to feminism and women’s rights, with a focus upon text-based works. The use of text stems from her training as a graphic designer, bringing the medium off the screen to give it a tactile power.

She has exhibited in group shows in Melbourne and participated in various human rights art displays, always in the medium of thread and fabric.

When not sewing, Cathy can be found doing one of three things—watching sci-fi TV shows, at a Les Mills gym class or listening to mid-2000s pop punk.

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