Article 16

Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Georgie Millard

About my work

I feel so passionately about craftivism and using whatever tools we have to make our voices heard. So, to be able to stitch the Article that lays out the rights of all humans in regard to marriage pretty much made my year.

Marriage is used around the world to enslave women, same-sex marriage is not a right for all, and divorce is regarded as a death sentence in some countries. People are not permitted to marry outside of their race, religion, caste system … the list just goes on.

I decided to stitch my Article in the style of a Western wedding invitation. Article 16 is pretty ‘wordy’, so I decided to keep it simple and use the words alone. I hope that people reading my block will take a moment to really think about the words, and how in reality so many people’s human rights are violated in regard to marriage.

- Georgie Millard

Georgie Millard

About me

Georgie Millard is a wife, mother, health worker and part-time stitcher. She lives in England by the sea with her family and rescue dog, Miss Jean. She was raised in a family of conservatives, but is the black sheep of the family and has very liberal left views!

She learnt embroidery as a small girl and took it up again as an adult to help with her mental health, after suffering with postnatal depression. The embroidery addiction soon took over and before she knew it, her boxes of floss were multiplying and her fabric stash was taking over.

Georgie’s embroidery is feminist and political and she believes in using her craft to get those views out into the world. She loves stitching onto vintage fabrics and thinking of all of the conversations those fabrics have been party to. She believes passionately in the equal rights of all, and is often found on her ‘soap box’.

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