Tal Fitzpatrick is an artist, craftivist and community development worker based in Melbourne, Australia. Tal was born in Israel in 1988 and moved to the Gold Coast, Australia in 1996 where she went on to graduate from Griffith University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts with 1st class Honours majoring in Contemporary Arts and Studies in Arts and Creative Industries. She is a published author and has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector as a community development worker and adult educator, and in community disaster resilience building.
In March 2018 Tal self-published a Craftivism Manifesto/Methodology, a handbook for craftivists designed to help them think deeply about their practice. Tal creates work using the techniques of appliqué quilting, drawing and painting to create figurative, textile wall hangings. Driven by the power of craft to solicit the sharing of stories, Tal’s work looks to drive social change by engaging diverse groups of people in complex conversations.
Tal’s practice-led-research project Craftivism as DIY Citizenship: The Practice of Making Change explores the political efficacy of using craft as a strategy for activism and advocacy. A central part of her research has been to work with community groups, charities and non-government organisations on projects that explore issues such as women’s rights, disaster resilience and the everyday practice of democracy.
Tal is currently a final year PhD candidate with the Centre for Cultural Partnerships at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), University of Melbourne. To read more about Tal Fitzpatrick’s practice please visit her website.
Image of Tal Fitzpatrick by Stefan Postles