This article brings together thoughts and practices of two Melbourne-based women working across the fields of craftivism, practice-led research and contemporary art history. While introducing and analysing Australian craft(ivist) projects, this article also suggests new concepts useful in tackling the contemporary phenomenon of craft activism.

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Tal Fitzpatrick is a Melbourne-based textile artist, craftivist, and community development worker who is currently completing a PhD with the Centre for Cultural Partnerships at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Having taken up her paternal grandmothers’ figurative approach to appliqué quilting Tal’s practice-led research explores the intersections between socially engaged art, activism and feminist and new materialist approaches to craft.

Katve-Kaisa Kontturi works as a postdoctoral fellow in the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne. She is a founding member of the European New Materialist Network, and has devoted her academic career to the study of relational materialities of art and the body. Kaisa enjoys curating affective exhibitions, the bodily rhythm of crafting, and dressing in beautifully patterned vintage frocks.



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