NIKE BLANKET PETITION

From 2003-2008, a diverse group of international knit and crochet hobbyists participated in a microRevolt project called the Nike Blanket Petition, a 15-foot wide handmade blanket of the Nike swoosh. Each 4 x 4 inch stitched square creates the Nike logo, acting as a signature for fair labor policies for Nike garment workers. Over the five-year period, virtual and hand-made squares were collected on tour, electronically and by post mail, representing over 30 countries demonstrated above.

The accumulated multi-colored squares were knitted into the border of the Nike Blanket at Garanti Gallery in Istanbul in November 2007 next to a Nike store, and the blanket was completed in 2008 in Troy, New York. In 2009 the artwork toured with the show Judy Chicago in Thread as part of the exhibition She Will Always Be Younger Than Us at the Textile Museum of Canada and the Art Gallery of Calgary. In early 2010 the project exhibited nine miles from Nike headquarters at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon and went to the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln (October 8, 2010 - January 2, 2011). It will be on view in London, UK in the Disobedient Objects exhibition July 26, 2014 - February 1, 2015.

The original petition text along with the overflow of electronic signatures are here.