IWDA 50/50 Project 

The “50/50″project is a participatory art project that looks to both highlight the importance of gender equality and support practical projects that advance women’s human rights across the Asia Pacific region by encouraging people to donate to International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA). 

This project involves making 50 portraits of the first 50 people who donate $50 or more to IWDA as part of the IWDA “50/50” Project. When all 50 portraits are completed and documented I will mail these portraits to the donors who participated in the project as a gift to say thank you for caring about gender equality and for supporting IWDA.

MONEY RAISED
100% of the donations made to IWDA as part of this project go directly towards supporting the work of IWDA.
Tal Fitzpatrick is donating both her time and her own resources to complete this project. IWDA will bare no project costs whatsoever.

GET INVOLVED
To get involved in this project and have a cloth portrait of your face mailed to you as a gift from the artist follow these simple steps:

1) Make your donation directly to IWDA and forward your copy of the confirmation you are sent to me: fitzpatrickt@student.unimelb.edu.au

2) I will then email you with further information and ask you to provide her with a photo of the face you want crafted and your mailing address. You will also be asked to sign a consent form, as both I and IWDA would like to use images of the portraits throughout various mediumsand publications, including on social media.

3) Once I have your photo and signed forms I will then make you a portrait of your face in cloth and at the end of the project I will mail all 50 portraits to the donors who took part in the project. The portraits will also be photographed and used in an exhibition once the project has been completed.

4) Get in quick – Only the first 50 people to donate will get a portrait of them as a gift 🙂

SNEAK PEAK
Here are some of the portraits I have completed so far…

 

ABOUT IWDA
IWDA is the leading Australian agency entirely focussed on women’s rights and gender equality in the Asia Pacific region. IWDA’s vision is for a world where every woman and man, girl and boy has equal rights and opportunities. IWDA is international, feminist and independent. It stands up for women and girls by tackling issues of power, money and security by partnering with others in the Asia Pacific region to advance women’s human rights. Visit: https://www.iwda.org.au


PLEASE NOTE
This project is part of a series of socially-engaged art projects that are part of my practice-led PhD research into ‘Craftivism and the Political Moment’. This is a research project that looks to investigate the impact of using craft and socially engaged art as strategies for activism and advocacy. For more information about my research please get in touch with me via email (details below).

Participation in this project is entirely voluntary. Participants of this project will be required to consent to the image of their face and the image of the textile portrait created of them to be used and shared publicly by Tal Fitzpatrick and IWDA.

For more information please contact: Tal Fitzpatrick – fitzpatrickt@student.unimelb.edu.au or Marta Jasinska at IWDA – mjasinska@iwda.org.au

THANKS

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Sinners and Saints

Forgive me blog for I have sinned. It has been 39 days since my las post. 

I have been away in sunny Queensland to escape the cold and deliver the Volunteering Qld “Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership Project” in 3 communities across the state: Kingaroy, Rosedale and Atherton.

IMG_0628Here I am being silly with the RLP group in Rosedale

During this time I have also been working on writing a chapter on community resilience for a US textbook called “Disasters and Public Health: Planning and Response”   by Bruce Clements. It is a great honour to have been invited to write this chapter and as the icing on the cake I will also be flying to present at the 6th Annual Preparedness Symposium in Galveston, Texas which will be held this year on the 5-7 November. It will be my first time visiting the USA and I am going to take the opportunity to meet up with family and friends while I’m there. Amazing!

shifts-happenI’ve been back in Melbourne a week now and another piece of very exciting news is that I have started a new job as the social media coordinator for an inspirational charity called Igniting Change which is led by the even more inspiring Jane Tewson. I’m really excited about taking on this one day a week role as it will give me a really unique platform from which to a) act on my values and support a really wonderful non-profit organisation, and b) build connections with community groups and organisations in Victoria. Igniting Change is really supportive of my creative work and hopefully I will be able to weave some of my artwork into the work I do with them.

IMG_0683This is some of the Igniting Change family on our visit 
with Twich Women’s Sewing Collective in Dandenong 

Meanwhile, getting back to my PhD studies, I will be presenting at a Student Graduate Symposium next week on where I am at with my research 6 months in. I will use this 30min slot as an opportunity to run a micro creative workshop which means that this weekend I will be chained to my sewing machine in order to get ready! Keep an eye out for photos next week.

IMG_0756Anyways, I’m back now! So expect more posts and more updates 🙂

Side note: I stayed up last night watching a really interesting documentary about “hacktivism” and the cyber group know as “Anonymous” – if you are interested in what civil disobedience looks like in this digital world of ours I highly recommend checking it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zwDhoXpk90&feature=youtu.be 

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