Tal Fitzpatrick (she/her) is an artist, activist and researcher based on the lands of the Yugambeh and Kombumerri peoples, on the Gold Coast, Australia. Tal holds PhD in Visual Art from the Victorian College of the Arts (2018) and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from Griffith University (2010). She is best known for her work in the field of ‘craftivism.’
Combining the physical techniques of appliqué quilting, embroidery, participatory and socially-engaged art making with the digital spaces of social media, Tal’s work invites complex conversations about the possibility of making change. As a result, her work can be situated at the intersection of craft, socially-engaged art and the everyday practice of democracy.
Along with collaborators Kate Just and Stephanie Dunlap, Tal has led several global craftivism projects including the Incinerator Art Award: Art for Social Change People’s Choice Award winning project the @Covid19quilt (2020) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Quilt Project (2016-2018), which now sits as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Australian Democracy in Old Parliament House, Canberra.
Tal’s academic work has been included in various publications, including: 'Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats' (Hinda Mandell, 2020), and 'Disasters and Public Health: Planning and Response,' 2nd Edition (Bruce Clements, 2016). Tal has also self-published several catalogues of her work as well as a craftivism handbook titled 'Craftivism: A Manifesto/Methodology' (2018).
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.