Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible. In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
About my work
I was inspired to become part of this project because I am lucky enough to live in a country where human rights are protected in law and if they are breached, there is a formal process in place. I am concerned that there are many places where this isn’t the case, and raising awareness of the UDHR will hopefully speed up the process of change.
Article 29 talks in part about the full development of a person’s personality. This is so important to a successful society. We all have something to offer if we are free to do that.
I used the variegated thread to stitch the people to show that every person is slightly different, even if we come from the same country or background. We should all be free to be who we need to be.
- Jo Dixey
Jo Dixey is a traditionally trained embroiderer living in New Zealand, having moved from the United Kingdom in 2000. She works full-time as an embroiderer, teaching and working on commissions. For her exhibition work she is inspired by modern society, making comment on issues she has with the world around her; for example, how technology is changing how people talk to each other or ideas of identity and putting people in boxes. Jo hopes that people viewing the work will be sparked to think.
Jo makes her own clothes and upcycles pre-loved clothes to help reduce the impact of fast fashion. She has held workshops on upcycling in her local community as well as making reusable fabric bags to replace single-use plastic.