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    Tal Fitzpatrick b. 1988, Be’er Sheva, Israel EYRA STORY QUILTS 2020 Handmade textiles Taking inspiration from the stories shared with the Engaging Youth in Regional Australia (EYRA) study, Tal created a story quilt for each regional town representing sites, activities, and memories that participants fondly associated with growing up in each place. Combining drawing, ink painting, and appliqué, Tal’s quilts capture the essence of each place by emphasising the relationships young people have with their communities and the natural environment. "I take the telling of people’s stories very seriously. I grew up in a regional area of Australia myself, moved to the city to study and work, and I’m now moving back to regional Australia again. As an artist and a young person of a similar age, I can empathise with these stories." The Griffith story quilt depicts elements from the landscape including the vineyards and orange groves visible from Scenic Hill. Young people’s enjoyment of nature-based activities and local festivals is also apparent as well as iconic landmarks and symbols of settler/post-war immigration. Tal emigrated to Australia with her family in 1996. She holds a PhD from the Victorian College of the Arts at Melbourne University (2018) and a Bachelor of Arts with 1st class honours from Griffith University (2010). Tal’s work in the field of craftivism – both as a researcher and a practitioner – revolves around the coordination of collaborative socially-engaged projects that address issues of social, political and environmental justice.

    Tal Fitzpatrick b. 1988, Be’er Sheva, Israel EYRA STORY QUILTS 2020 Handmade textiles Taking inspiration from the stories shared with the Engaging Youth in Regional Australia (EYRA) study, Tal created a story quilt for each regional town representing sites, activities, and memories that participants fondly associated with growing up in each place. Combining drawing, ink painting, and appliqué, Tal’s quilts capture the essence of each place by emphasising the relationships young people have with their communities and the natural environment. "I take the telling of people’s stories very seriously. I grew up in a regional area of Australia myself, moved to the city to study and work, and I’m now moving back to regional Australia again. As an artist and a young person of a similar age, I can empathise with these stories." The Hedland story quilt incorporates images that represent Port and South Hedland. Favourite activities like camping and fishing, football and basketball, can be seen as well as the iconic water towers, esplanade hotel, and iron ore trains. The sea turtle and ghost gum are indicative of a love of nature, and the treasured ‘mingle mob’ bus takes pride of place in the centre. Tal emigrated to Australia with her family in 1996. She holds a PhD from the Victorian College of the Arts at Melbourne University (2018) and a Bachelor of Arts with 1st class honours from Griffith University (2010). Tal’s work in the field of craftivism – both as a researcher and a practitioner – revolves around the coordination of collaborative socially-engaged projects that address issues of social, political and environmental justice.

    Tal Fitzpatrick b. 1988, Be’er Sheva, Israel EYRA STORY QUILTS 2020 Handmade textiles Taking inspiration from the stories shared with the Engaging Youth in Regional Australia (EYRA) study, Tal created a story quilt for each regional town representing sites, activities, and memories that participants fondly associated with growing up in each place. Combining drawing, ink painting, and appliqué, Tal’s quilts capture the essence of each place by emphasising the relationships young people have with their communities and the natural environment. "I take the telling of people’s stories very seriously. I grew up in a regional area of Australia myself, moved to the city to study and work, and I’m now moving back to regional Australia again. As an artist and a young person of a similar age, I can empathise with these stories. The Port Lincoln story quilt celebrates the coast and the activities it affords such as ocean fishing, bike riding, and swimming. Iconic structures like the jetty and the silos provide a backdrop for the famous Tunarama festival each year. Netball and horse riding were pastimes that young people from this area enjoy as well as an appreciation for live music and the arts." Tal emigrated to Australia with her family in 1996. She holds a PhD from the Victorian College of the Arts at Melbourne University (2018) and a Bachelor of Arts with 1st class honours from Griffith University (2010). Tal’s work in the field of craftivism – both as a researcher and a practitioner – revolves around the coordination of collaborative socially-engaged projects that address issues of social, political and environmental justice.