Artist, Craftivist and Community Development Worker
Tal Fitzpatrick (PhD candidate, VCA, University of Melbourne) is a Melbourne based artist, craftivist and community development worker. Her participatory approach to the practice of Appliqué quilting is driven by her fascination with the power of craft to solicit the sharing of stories and ideas. In her creative practice as well as in her practice-based research Fitzpatrick looks to unpack how we might drive social and political change by using art as a way to encourage diverse groups of people to have complex conversations. As part of her creative process Fitzpatrick engages with the public as well as with community groups and charity organisations on projects that explore issues such as women’s rights, disaster resilience and the everyday practice of democracy.