Tal Fitzpatrick (she/her) is an artist, craftivist and researcher based on the lands of the the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh language region (Gold Coast, Australia).
Migrating to Australia from Israel in 1996 at the age of 8, Tal went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from Griffith University (2010) and a PhD in Visual Art from the Victorian College of the Arts (2018).
Tal's textile based work is strongly influenced by the work of Australian artist Dawn Fitzpatrick (1922-2021), who is her paternal grandmother. It combines the physical techniques of appliqué quilting and embroidery with participatory/socially-engaged art making and the digital tools including social media. Her work has been exhibited in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Gold Coast, as well as in Sweden, Canada and the USA. Several of her projects are now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Australian Democracy in Old Parliament House, Canberra.
Tal is best known for her work in the field of ‘craftivism’ and, along with collaborators such as Kate Just and Stephanie Dunlap, she has led several global craftivism projects including the @Covid19quilt (2020), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Quilt Project (2016-2018) and the PM Please Quilt Project (2017).
Tal’s academic work has been included in various publications, including: ‘Care Ethics and Craft (J. Milner & G. Coombs, 2022), 'Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats' (H. Mandell, 2020) and her self-published craftivism handbook titled 'Craftivism: A Manifesto/Methodology' (2018). Tal’s work is also featured in 'Doing Feminism' (A. Marsh, 2021).
In addition to her work as an artist/researcher Tal has accumulated a diverse range of experiences working in the non-profit and disability sectors, including as a project manager at Volunteering Queensland, a disability support worker, and as a coordinator and volunteer board member at Crossing Divides Inc.