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« on: March 18, 2005 08:28:54 AM »

Sorry for the off-topicness...but I highly recommend reading the letters section of the new Bust magazine. It is too beautiful for words!

Semi-on topic: there's also an article about Cat Mazza's anti-Nike knitting project which is generating quite a bit of controversy on the SNB Boston list.
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2005 09:29:26 AM »

ultraviolet, can you tell me more about the project and why it is controversial?  Maybe a link?  And I agree Deb Stoller and her publications rock! 

I have complained lots and loudly as of late about women's magazines that are nothing more than marketing tools pushing $400 sneakers and celebrity worship while pretending to be too cool for products or attituudes they promote.  Bust has become an oasis for me when I indulge my magazine reading passion.  Great articles about issues and artist I care about along with DIY info and models that look like real women have made this magazine the best out there.   

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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2005 09:32:55 AM »

I haven't picked up the mag yet, but I found this little blurb online:

MicroRevolt, a group of knitters whose projects investigate sweatshops and capitalism, have contributed their "Nike Blanket Petition. Made from squares donated by knit hobbyists, each square is a petition for fair labor. Currently 14 x 9 feet, the blanket when completed will be sent to Nike CEO Phil Knight along with a letter demanding that Nike apparel be manufactured in accordance with established International Labor Organization conventions. Cat Mazza of MicroRevolt will be at ThreeWalls on Saturday, October 16th, to teach knitters to make 4x4 inch squares which will be used for the Nike Blanket's border.

Quoted from: http://www.knitknit.net/chicago.html
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2005 09:56:56 AM »

Thanks Rincaro - the controversy stems from the fact that each square actually just contains a Nike logo, which many people hardly consider a "petition for fair labor" as the logo isn't even really altered in any way. Without the context, the whole project just looks like a great big Nike ad Sad
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2005 10:44:32 AM »

Interesting. I would think that they would want symbols of fair labor. Or something else that condemned the oppression.

They could have at least encircled the nike symbol in the no-smoking type cross out circle!
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