EPISODE 35 :: Tal Fitzpatrick - Creativity's Role In Community Resilience & Viewing Craftivism through a Constructive and Hopeful Lens


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photo courtesy of Fairfax Media from Tal 

photo courtesy of Fairfax Media from Tal 

This week I spoke to Tal Fitzpatrick, a textile artist working primarily in appliqué quilting. Tal’s story is one that I’m so excited to share, as she found textile and fibre art later in life than many guests I’ve spoken to on the podcast, (though you’ll learn she has a family history of pretty amazing fibre art) Tal explains how working in natural disaster community resilience projects eventually led her to pursing her PhD and how she looks at Crafitvism in her active, participatory research. Tal has been working on a number of incredible, large-scale social engaged craftivism projects in addition to her PhD, and she talks us through her research on craftivism,  her working definition, and how she sees craftivism as a mode of DIY citizenship. This conversation with Tal was one that had me reeling for days after  - I was trying to explain the conversation to other people in my life, family members and friends, how everything Tal mentioned just resonated so deeply for me. I can’t wait to hear what the podcast community thinks of this episode! 

photo provided by Tal Fitzpatrick

photo provided by Tal Fitzpatrick

People/ Things we mentioned in the podcast:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages. 
  • Edit to our convo about gay marriage: Australia was the 26th country to legalise same sex marriage!
  • Tal and Stephanie's UDHR quilt project: http://talfitzpatrick.com/udhr-craftivism-project #UDHRquilt
  • CRAFTIVIST MANIFESTO Tal's Craftivism Manifesto will be available as a free download online on the 9th of March here.  && a shout out to Betsy Greer and Sayraphim Lothian whose work Tal drew on when writing her definition of craftivism.

  • Male textile artists that inspire Tal: Ben Venom and Lucas Gorgan

  • Artists in Tal's family: Dawn Fitzpatrick (My paternal grandmother) Her book: Dawn Fitzpatrick “Folk Art Applique Quilts” (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1990). Sofia Fitzpatrick @toffyfitz @skullsbysofiafitzpatrick          

  • Tal's supervisor (and baddass artist and feminist) Kate Just @Katejustknits

  • Tal's friend the amazing textile artist : Hannah Gartside @hannahgartside (Australia)

  • Craftivist project to follow/support: Social Justice Sewing Academy - @sjsacademy www.sjsacademy.com   

  • UDHR artists to look out for:

    • Stephanie Dunlap @eliminatembroidery (USA)
  • Janine Heschl @textile_wildlife_art (Austria)
  • Helen Fraser @Helenfraserartist (Australia)
  • Bolivia Vega @lechienbinair (Venezuela)
  • Willemien De Villers @willemien_de_villiers (south Africa)
  • Karin Ruut @kerart (finland/Estonia/UK)  
  • Alicia Lyes @Craftle_grayskull  (USA)

Find Tal: instagram  | website | 



            CRAFTIVISM HQ,  GALLERY: KINGS ARI DATE: 7-10 March 2018,  WED-SAT, 12-6PM



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