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Topic: The Color Orange - Human rights and the Olympic Games  (Read 741 times)
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« on: April 17, 2008 06:07:53 AM »

Hi all, I'd like to direct your attention to the crafty part of a campaign for human rights.

Crafty people can support the campaign The Color Orange for human rights by making orange items and donating them to people who will attend the Olympic Games or related events.

From the Color Orange website  http://www.thecolororange.net/:
We are launching the project The Color Orange to highlight the violations of the human rights in China on the occasion of the Olympic Games in Beijing August 2008.

The idea is both sophisticated and simple: We want to introduce The Color Orange as a symbol of the protest against the human rights violations in China. The strict censorship can ban the use of obvious symbols of human rights, but the use of The Color Orange cannot be banned.

So we will encourage sports people and spectators to make vast and creative use of the color for clothing and all sorts of accessories. It can be anything, like an orange hat, camera bag, tie, pen, paper, dress, suit, bag etc. Even pealing an orange will be considered a poignant statement.

Contacts between crafters and receivers of orange wearables are made through use of Flickr, a website for free publishing of photographs. Crafters will make a picture of their crafted orange item and receivers can contact the crafter directly by commenting on their picture or sending a mail message through Flickr. Receivers are asked to make a picture of them wearing the item, preferably at the OG, and posting the picture on flickr too. There is a Flickr special interest group for this purpose, you find it here: http://flickr.com/groups/755098@N22
The pictures posted to the group are public - anyone can see them.

The group will function as a galery for the crafted items as well as a galery of people wearing handcrafted, orange items at the Olympics or related events, thereby also contributing to raising awareness.The Flickr medium also provides for a discussion forum about the craft part of the campaign. However, we will also try (in the Flickr group and in coordination with the overall campaign) to find other ways to get items to be worn at the Olympic Games.

Knitters, spinners and crocheters that are members of Ravelry can join the special interest group there, follow this link: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/color-orange---human-rights-and-the-olympic-games

If you're interested but do not have a Flickr account you can also just reply to this post. And if you like the idea but do not want to craft, you can also just try to spread the news about the Color Orange campaign (or the crafty part of it) on the net or in your personal space. All of that would help!
CHEERS, Rineke

« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2008 06:01:32 PM »

What a great campaign!

I wrote about it on my website and I'm definitely gonna make some stuff.


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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2008 02:00:56 AM »

Is this really a good idea? People can protest everything by themselves. But should not USE the athletes to do that. Please don't abuse the Olympic spirit.

I believe you have the sincere intention. The problem is, by doing so, you are insulting most of the Chinese people, not the government. That's not gonna help anything.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2008 06:11:26 AM »

Im so gonna make some stuff for this!

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