Open Hearts Open Borders is a group of volunteers from across Devon and Cornwall. They collect essential aid items to fill containers and send pallets of aid to Europe. OHOB work closely with a number of other grass root aid groups across the South West. In Europe, they ship aid on a regular basis to Mobile Refugee Support (Dunkirk and Calais) and Attika Human Support (Lesvos Greece). They also ship to other projects on an ad hoc basis and when required.
OHOB welcome refugees and asylum seekers arriving or already living in the South West and across the United Kingdom by supporting and providing household and personal items for resettlement.
Mobile Refugee Support (MRS) IS one of the few NGOs still in France where clusters of refugees, mainly children, have set up camp as they wait to find a new home. They are often beaten and moved on with their possessions taken away by French police.
Artwork dedicated to Mobile Refugee Support
The artwork created for Timeline 67, Scene 2 is dedicated to Mobile Refugee Support, which will receive 50% of profits made on any products featuring artwork from this scene.
Why this artwork?
In this scene, 12 year old Anna is being helped to escape a desperate situation. The situation in France is also desperate but widely ignored by international organisations and the media. Children have had to flee from their homes where their families have been murdered or threatened with murder by ISIS. They cannot go home. If they return they\’ll die. The UK had pledged to take them but that promise has not yet materialised. They are waiting for a safe place to call home but meantime they must find some hole or corner where they can escape being beaten and abused just because they are there. And winter is fast approaching. They have no beds and no heat. What will become of them then?
Mobile Refugee Support provides mobile aid, consolidation and support to refugees and displaced peoples and is currently based and operating in northern France targeting locations that have been neglected by governments and larger NGOs.
MRS supplies basic essentials and necessities that enable more bearable conditions for those stranded without homes or safety in foreign countries, including relevant, helpful and up-to-date information.
Access to power is an integral part of their distributions, with each visit accompanied by a generator that can be used by up to 300 individuals at a time.
The team currently consists of a handful of dedicated and experienced humanitarian aid workers. Donations, whether financial or material, enable them to continue the work that many would be disadvantaged without.
Tracey Dockree is a Fashion Designer, author, activist and prize-winning poet.
She is passionate about raising awareness of the abuses behind the glamour of the fashion industry and the steps that can be taken to redress them. She supports projects that empower those who have been or are at risk of becoming abused by fashion industry malpractices, especially trafficking and pollution. She founded the ETHICAL REBEL – a movement of people rebelling against a fashion industry producing cheap and low quality ‘rags’ with no respect for their customers, the workers in their supply chain or the environment.
Tracey is also passionate about empowering those who have no voice, especially the homeless and victims of trafficking. Her graduate collection was inspired by a desire to create beautiful and desirable garments from a pile of old, unwanted socks, showing how the least of things can be transformed into something special. In the same way, many people who are written off, and even write themselves off, can be transformed and empowered to live a fulfilling and purposeful life. Her graduate collection Parade of Giantswas cited as a benchmark for future fashion students and was selected to be shown in the Zeitgeist Show at Brighton Fashion Week.
Tracey’s designs range from artistic/costume hybrids that make a statement to stylish, comfortable garments that can be worn anywhere. Her ideas are always unique and always have a story. Her passion is to create stories that come to life when they are worn and for a community of story lovers to share a part of the story wherever they wear it.
She is currently combining her talents to create Timeline 67: A Story in T-Shirts – a series of illustrated t-shirts that when read in sequence reveal a story (like a comic or graphic novel but the t-shirts are the pages). Each t-shirt also has a sub-text story that is inspired by the giant issues we are currently facing in our society – trafficking, homelessness and the refugee crisis.