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Fashion Hacktivism for Human Rights in Finland

Killer Fashion Revolution is a project about transforming war related fashion to promote human rights. A lot of the clothes we wear are related to war without us knowing it. The idea of Killer Fashion Revolution is to track these clothes and transform them to new garments or artifacts that promote human rights. Specially during war time human rights are often neglected. By recycling some of our war related clothes and transforming them to promote human rights we take a stand for a more just world in a creative and fun way. We all know that human rights exists, therefor by exploring them trough fashion we bring them to our awareness in daily life, that helps us to find creative ways to act when we meet unjustness.

The first Killer Fashion Revolution workshop was a CISV Mosaic project. Fourteen participants ages 14 to 30 and four organizers spent a weekend together discovering how our daily fashion is related to war, understanding the meaning of human rights declaration articles and creating designs. The discover part was presented in a form of a participatory media art installation. Media artist Andreas Zingerle and ethical fashion expert Jukka Pääkkönen from the Clean Clothes Campaign Finland were visiting  to enhance our understanding about wearable electronics and ethical fashion. In the create part participants collaborated to re-cycle war related clothes and transformed them to new designs that now promoted human rights and opposed both direct and structural violence. Ten different design were made they are promoting seven different human rights articles. The designs are presented at: www.killerfashionrevolution.com.

I believe Killer Fashion Revolution workshop was a fun way to approach human rights issues through fashion and the ethical fashion aspect fitted well the context. Participants became more aware of neglect of human rights in fashion industry and were willing to become more ethical consumers. Participants were also inspired to re-cycle and tune clothes and to expand the life span of their own garments.

Killer Fashion Revolution was also a part of my Masters Thesis for Aalto University, School of Art and Design. In my thesis I was exploring how peace education can be combined with participatory art and design. It was very motivating to combine CISV and specially the Mosaic program with research in my field of interest in art and design. I believe that Mosiac is the perfect program where CISV can be connected with different interest in our life and a channel to act in collaboration with others.
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