2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. In its first article, it states:
“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.”
Many things have changed these past 70 years, but there’s still a lot to be done. In 2018 we’re starting this project to contribute with our creativity by making designs which help everyone exercise their rights and freedoms in all areas. We’re focusing on gender and sexuality.
We’ve chosen the starfish as a logo because within the animal kingdom, they have certain characteristics that make them unique and special. To quote Wikipedia: "Some species of starfish (there are 1900 species) are simultaneous hermaphrodites (which produce eggs and sperm at the same time)... other starfish are sequential hermaphrodites, which means that they start life as males but become female as they age... Others are protogynous and change from female to male as they age. In some species, when a large female reproduces by dividing itself up, and the resulting offspring are males. When these grow large enough, they change back into females.”
We should learn from Nature, which obeys no law and simply exists as it is. Our project is to produce designs to break down the conventions that hold us back, repress us, and stop us from showing who we are.
These creatures change sex or reproduce differently to most animals and they are still as unique, special, and wonderful as you!