Outside of the large-scale participatory craftivism pojects I undertake, such as the 'PM Please Quilt' project and the International Women's Development Agency (IWDA) 'Fifty-Fifty' project, I maintain an ongoing practice of creating textile artworks that address political issues and ideals. Below are a selection of these, including examples of my contributions to projects coordinated by other craftivists and craftivist collectives. 
Fuck Your Patriarchy (2014) 100cm x 120cm - SOLD
Appliqué quilted protest banner made using new and recycled materials 
Holding up Protest Banner at Women’s March in Melbourne's CBD (21 January 2017)
This image was captured and shared by Australian musician Courtney Barnett.  
No Justice No Peace (2014) 1m x 1.20m
Appliqué protest banner made using new and recycled cotton, machine appliqué quilted banner.
Holding up Protest Banners at Black Friday Rally in Melbourne's CBD (13 March 2015) 
This protest was held to show opposition to the Government's forced closure of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. 
Resilience, Resistance and Responsibility (2015) 200cm × 200cm 
Appliqué quilt made using new and recycled materials. 
This piece was created as part of my research into craftivism as a mode of active citizenship. It was undertaken in partnership with Emerald Community House (ECH) and took the shape of an informal residency undertaken at ECH in Emerald, Victoria. During my residency I collected stories from local community members about what makes them/their community resilient and I patched these stories together into the above quilt.
The Igniting Change Bookcase Story Quilt (2015) 130cm × 217cm 
This quilt was made during a 4 week resident at the office of the Melbourne based charity Igniting Change. This project was part of my PhD research into Craftivism and the Political Moment at the VCA, University of Melbourne. The quilt was created in order to help Igniting Change communicate the impact of their diverse work. It acts as a story telling devise that invites questions and starts conversations about the work of Igniting Change. I donated this hanging to Igniting change, it now hangs in their office in Balaclava. As a result of the strong relationship that fostered with the Igniting Change team as a result of this project the charity invited me to take up permanent residence at their Balaclava office. Since setting up my sewing studio and office at Igniting Change we have collaborated on many other projects.
'Always Was Always Will Be Aboriginal Land' (2017) 70cm X 54cm
This mini protest banner was made in time for the 2017 Australia Day (Invasion Day) rally in Melbourne where some 50,000+ people, including the artist with this banner, marched in recognition that Australia always was and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Land. I make these works as a way to materially manifest my solidarity and to, in my own small way, raise awareness and discussion about these issues within my own sphere of influence.
In March 2018 I auctioned this mini-protest banner, raising $560 for Children's Ground, which is an Indigenous charity dedicated to ending entrenched disadvantage in indigenous communities in Australia’s Northern Territory. For more information or to donate please visit: https://www.childrensground.org.au
Freedom Train (2015) 40cm x 70cm - SOLD
I created this piece for the "Songs of Freedom – Celebrating Democracy Quilt Exhibition" which was held at M.A.D.E (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka), on the 19 Nov 2015 – 31 Jan 2016. 
Feminist Killjoy XOXOX (2015) 50cm x 350cm 
Mini protest banner made using new and recycled materials, machine appliqué quilting and hand embroidery.
Girls just want to have fundamental human rights (2015) 50cm x 50cm
Mini protest banner made using new and recycled materials, machine appliqué quilting and hand embroidery.
'Water is Sacred' mini protest banner (2017) 54cm X 54cm
The 'Radical Equality' back patch project fights for gender equality through turning the feminist gender/sexual equality symbol into a wearable symbol of resistance and solidarity. 
These back patches have been exhibited as part of the 'Feminist Fibre Arts' group exhibition at Virago Gallery, Seattle USA (March-April, 2017). This exhibition was curated by Iris Nectar to promote the work of fiber artists and to showcase the dynamic artistic range and possibilities within the fiber medium. For more information on Feminist Fibre Art visit: http://feministfiberart.com 
To order a custom 'Radical Equality' back patch of your very own email me: tal.fitzpatrick@gmail.com 
My contribution Betsy Greer's 'You are so very Beautiful (YASVB)' craftivism project which was spearheaded in Melbourne by local artist and craftiest Sayraphim Lothian (2016) 

This project was designed to encourage makers to create small handmade affirmations and placing them for strangers to find in public places, and in doing so spreading a little kindness.
To read more about the project visit: http://youaresoverybeautiful.com
For more information on this project visit: http://craftivism.com/blog/tag/yasvb/
'Boobquet 1' and 'Boobquet 2' mini protest banners (2016) both 40cm x 70cm - SOLD 
'Boobquets' installed at Third Draw Down as part of their 'Girl Gang' shopfront installation (2016) 
I'm really stoked to have been made an 'honorary' member of the Australian craftiest gang 'Knit Your Revolt' this picture shows me wearing my gang patch which I embellished with hand embroidered flowers. Original patch machine made patch by Knit Your Revolt Tricycle Gang (2015) 15cm x 20cm 
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