IWDA ‘Fifty Fifty Project’ Exhibition

After two months squirrelling away in the studio I have now completed all 50 textile portraits of the 50 people who took part in my IWDA #fiftyfiftyproject by donating $50 or more directly to the International Women’s Development Agency.

Thought this project, thanks to the generosity of all those who participated, we raised $2,790 for IWDA! These much needed funds will go directly towards supporting IWDA’s work improving the rights of women across the Asia Pacific region.

Before I mail all 50 portraits off as a gift to the participants who donated to IWDA as part of this project, I will have a one-night-only showing of all 50 portraits. This exhibition, which will happen on Friday 11 March between 6pm-8pm, is being proudly hosted by Igniting Change at their office space on Carlisle Street, Balaclava. A representative from IWDA will be attending the event and will share with us in more detail some of the work of IWDA. If you’re in Melbourne and would like to attend please see the invitation below for more details.

I look forward to seeing you there! However if you can’t make it you can see all 50 portraits as well as images from the event on my Instagram and twitter accounts – @talfitzpatrick



PM Please – Press Release

PM Please

Press Release – 9 November 2015 

Craftivist works with local community to make Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a unique gift. 

With (another) new Prime Minister in office and a federal election less than 12 months away now seems like as good a time as any to reach out and tell our political leaders what’s important to us. Artist Tal Fitzpatrick has come up with a unique way to get our messages across to the prime minister instead of barraging him with letters, emails and tweets…

As part of HillsceneLIVE pop-up art festival in Monbulk VIC (30/10/2015) textile artist and craftivist (craft/activist) Tal Fitzpatrick, along with the help of 23 festival goers and over 80 online contributors, turned a pile of second-hand ties and suit swatches into a special gift for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – a quilted wall hanging adorned with 121 hand-stitched messages to the prime minister, each beginning with the words PM Please.

“For me this socially engaged art project is not simply an attempt to reach out to the PM in order to have our voices heard or to make demands– it is an expression of hope and reciprocity. People have big ideas about Australia’s future and they want to work with our political leaders in order achieve positive change.” – said Ms.Fitzpatrick

Over the three weeks this project took to complete Tal, with the help of HillsceneLIVE festival goers, hand-stitched every single message she received without making any exceptions, changes or omissions. Then she pieced these messages together with her appliqué quilted portrait of the Malcolm Turnbull to make a quilted hanging (2.08mX1.66m).

“The act of giving a gift made by hand is a sincere gesture of generosity. I hope that upon receiving this quilt Malcolm Turnbull is moved and takes the time to reflect on and consider all the messages stitched onto it.” – said Ms.Fitzpatrick

Now that the quilt is finished Tal is trying to find the best way to give this gift to the prime minister on behalf of everyone who took part in this socially engaged art project. Can you help get this quilt to Malcolm Turnbull by writing or sharing a story about this project?

Contact Tal Fitzpatrick: E: tal.fitzpatrick@gmail.com | Instagram/Twitter: @talfitzpatrick | W: http://www.talfitzpatrick.wordpress.com | http://www.praxialpractice.wordpress.com




About: Tal Fitzpatrick is a Melbourne based artist and a 2nd year PhD candidate at the Victorian College for the Arts, Melbourne University. Tal works in the mediums of textile art and socially engaged art.