Human rights for the crafter

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I have registered to take part of Blog Action Day!  That means that everyone who has registered to take part of it, thousands of blogs across the world btw, are all writing about the exact same thing.  While this may seem like a daunting task for so many different niches, I like the challenge.  This year’s topic is human rights.  WOAH!  How does human rights relate to selling hand-made crafts?  Well, you can check out ALL of the human rights declarations from The Universal Declaration of Human Rights articles.  But I am just going to focus on a choice few of the articles and relating them to the craft-selling realm.  So, hold on to your socks, this is creativity working under specific guidelines at work!

ARTICLE 2 – Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.  Anyone can make and sell crafts.  I’ve got friends whose teenaged children make and sell, and I know black people, and poor people, and rich people, and hispanic people, and people from New Zealand.  ANYONE can make and sell.  That is a right.

ARTICLE 19 – Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.  Crafting is an artistic expression of personal preferences.  This can also mean that you can share patterns and tutorials and ideas through different medias that relate to crafting.  You have the right, as a human, to create pokemon crafts, or monster high crafts, or star wars crafts, or Obama crafts.

ARTICLE 23.1 – Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.  Put simply, you have the right to sell your crafts in a studio, or from your home, or out of a warehouse.  It counts as employment.

ARTICLE 27.1 – Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.  You have the right to participate in a craft as a community.  I know that several libraries have crafting classes, or art museums, and I’ve seen some public displays of crafts, like sidewalk art, or yarn bombing, etc.  I really like the last part of this one: the right to share in the scientific advancement and its benefits.  Duct tape comes to my mind immediately.  It was developed by the army as a military tool, but crafters use it all the time.  What about sailor’s knots, or welding, and underwater basket weaving.  These all started off as technological advances that can now be enjoyed as part of art and crafting.

ARTICLE 27.2 – Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author. Copyright laws come into mind here.  How many crafters have invented a truly useful product?  Or a unique medium with which to craft from?  Not to mention the patterns and tutorials, and even the unique products that are often times created.  They all have the right to protection of such things!

I am sure that there are a few other articles that someone may be able to relate to crafting, but this is what I got out of the ordeal.  Human rights.  There are certain things that every human being, regardless of skin color, race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, country of origin, career choice, or family life has a right to.  So, don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can’t do, because crafting is just another one of those things that if you want to do it, and you’ve got the willpower to stick with it during the hard times, than ou most certainly have the right to do so!


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