Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
About my work
My main motivation for joining the UDHR project was to be part of a vital statement. I believe that artists have the power to spread messages in a very unique way that reaches hearts and ruffles feathers.
Austria has a dark past when it comes to the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. With nationalism growing stronger by the year, I felt that Article 18 was important for me to stitch. I embroidered it on an Austrian Army uniform, to reflect on the power of indoctrination and to symbolise the control of government. Without the freedom of religion, there can be no real freedom of speech, of opinion and expression and, consequently, no peace.
- Janine Heschl
Janine Heschl is a self-taught wildlife textile artist and activist based in Austria. Janine specialises in realistic thread-painting, embroidered with a sewing machine in free-motion sewing technique. Her main concern lies in the welfare of Mother Nature and its beautiful creatures. Realistic animal portraits have become her trademark over the years, in order to raise awareness of the danger of extinction and pollution. Her latest activist project entailed raising funds together with Dr Jane Goodall during her last visit to Vienna, by auctioning a textile portrait for the Jane Goodall Institut-Austria.