Tal Fitzpatrick (b. 1988, Israel) is an artist, craftivist, researcher and disability support worker based in Naarm (Melbourne), Australia. Tal has a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from Griffith University (2010) and in 2018 she completed a practice-led PhD project titled 'Craftivism as DIY Citizenship: The Practice of Making Change' at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Tal’s creative practice sits across the disciplines of socially-engaged art, craft and activism. Driven by the power of craft to solicit the sharing of stories, Tal's work looks to drive positive social change by facilitating complex conversations and creating opportunities for people to engage in the hands-on practice of democracy.
Along with collaborators Dr. Kate Just and Stephanie Dunlap, Tal has led several participatory global craftivism projects including the @covid19quilt project (2020) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Quilt Project (#UDHRquilt) (2016-2018). Tal’s work is held in multiple private and public collections, including at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Old Parliament House, Canberra.
Tal’s academic writing has been included in several publications, including ‘Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats’ (ed. Hinda Mandell, 2020), ‘Disasters and Public Health: Planning and Response’ (ed. B.Clements et al., 2016) and ‘Craft Rhetorics: Harlot of Hearts’ (Tal Fitzpatrick, Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, 2015). Tal has also self-published several books, including ‘Craftivism: A Manifesto/Methodology’ (2018), ‘Crafting Resistance: Six Moments in Kingston’ (2019) and the ‘IWDA Fifty-Fifty Project’ (2018).
In addition to her work as an artist and researcher Tal also works as a disability support worker and has extensive experience working as a community development worker specialising in the fields of volunteering and community disaster resilience.