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November 22, 2008

Holiday $Dollars$ for
Sweat Free Communities

Folks have been contacting us about supporting microRevolt with holiday $dollars$
... here's what we got from Low to High:


Knitted Hoody Pattern, $4
This is a PDF containing a KNIT PATTERN for the pictured design.
Partial proceeds benefit Sweat Free Communities, a non-profit organization fighting sweatshops in the global garment industry.

Rhizome Balaclava, for Rhizome donors of $500.
Proceeds to benefit Net Art organization Rhizome.org
More about the donations to Rhizome HERE.

A few more things to follow...


Posted by cat at 01:13 PM

November 17, 2008

Working conditions - Prada, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton

Anyone considering buying a leather bag or pair of gloves from designer brands Prada, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton, Aspinals of London and Samsonite could be forgiven for assuming that paying such high prices might mean avoiding the exploitation and abuse for which high street fashion is renowned.

However, as Turkish workers at the DESA factory in Turkey could tell you, the reality is very different. Long hours, low wages and appalling conditions are the norm and for the last six months the factory has been running a campaign of harassment and intimidation against the union they formed to stand up for their rights.

Read More and take action HERE

Posted by cat at 10:09 PM

November 13, 2008

Our NY Governor Proposes Another $7 million cut to NYSCA

We only have 3 days to make our voices heard because the special legislative session convenes on November 18. The Legislature will consider the Governor's proposed cuts, including an additional $7 million to the current arts budget. This could mean that almost 400 grantees in the October cycle and a similar number in the December cycle would receive almost nothing. Read More NY state artists and art patrons!

Posted by cat at 11:11 PM

November 12, 2008

Liberal Pranksters Spoof the Times


Hundreds of independent writers, artists, and activists are claiming credit for an elaborate project, 6 months in the making, in which 1.2 million copies of a "special edition" of the New York Times were distributed in cities across the U.S. by thousands of volunteers.

Link! Oh yah, and the video too...

Posted by cat at 07:07 PM

November 09, 2008

Profile of a Triumph Union Activist


Miss Wanphen Wongsombat started working at Triumph's Thai subsidiary, Body Fashion Thailand, as a production worker (sewing) in 1995. After she joined the union in 1996, she was soon elected as a committee member for the union. During the last round of bargaining negotiations in July, Wanphen was one of the main negotiators. When union president Jitra Kotshadej was unfairly dismissed on July 29, 2008, Wanphen was among the first to organise the mass protests demanding her reinstatement.

Read whole story and Take action by writing Triumph International via
Clean Clothes Campaign

Posted by cat at 01:11 PM

Big Box Reuse


I finally got my copy of this book! Here is Julia Christensen on NPR, as well as an excerpt from her new book Big Box Re:Use. Also check out her exhibitions in Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Museum of Art exhibit Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes through Jan. 19, 2009, and at Miller Gallery Your Town Inc. through Nov. 23, 2008.

Posted by cat at 12:46 PM

November 03, 2008

ISEA 2009 - North Ireland: Interactive Textiles


The theme invites contributions related to creative and technical production and application processes that challenge and extend conventional methods of working with textiles and their perceived material properties. It aims to give consideration to innovative ways to produce and use textiles, materials and forms that are capable of extending and responding to interaction. The panel will profile fibre and fabric structures that promote expression, communication and enhanced or altered behaviours.

What kind of 'second skins', artifacts and constructions can be created that support interactions and context awareness?

Where are the hardware, software and material challenges, the ethical concerns, sustainability issues, aesthetic, cultural and activist potential? Themes may include:

- Information gatherers and communicators
- Mobile and personalized communication systems
- Enhanced aesthetics,
- Adoption strategies
- Wireless sensor networks and wearable computing
- Performance measurements in the medical and sports sectors

Entire open call: Download file.

Posted by cat at 09:11 AM