All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Sherrell Biggerstaff Cuneo
About my work
I fully embrace the power of craftivism, and public quilting and stitching projects to educate, influence and create positive change. I also believe we are living in a very volatile time. We need the UDHR more than ever. I say this as a citizen of the United States watching my country in danger of corroding under the current government.
Also, climate change and perceived differences are driving many people from their homes and creating climate and political refugees. As many parts of the world become less habitable, all forms of life will suffer.
When I read Article 7, I immediately thought of New Zealand’s Whanganui River, which in 2017 was given the rights of a human being. The Māori people worked for years within the legal system to accomplish this. I wanted to highlight their success and also support a mindset that appreciates and recognises the rights of all species, and of Earth itself.
- Sherrell Biggerstaff Cuneo
I’m a costumer by profession, but for my wellbeing and sanity I stitch and make things. Most of my work is around endangered species and extinction. I have worked with sixth graders on Sew The SEEDS: Saving Earth’s Endangered and Diverse Species, which was inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt. I also have several ongoing personal projects including an AIDS-quilt inspired extinction quilt. For my sanity I try to work on smaller personal pieces around feminism and self-growth. But mostly these days I am working on my Mourning Gown, a full-length muslin dress embroidered with the names of recently extinct species. I sometimes consider stitching to be a kind of spell work, or meditation, that with intent, can accomplish much more than one would expect from just fabric and thread.