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Tal Fitzpatrick x Roller Coaster Merch Collab

Get your own Artist designed Roller Coaster t-shirt today!

We were so excited to commission socially-engaged artist and craftivist Tal Fitzpatrick to create the design for this year’s Roller Coaster T-shirt.

We love that Tal’s work uses handmade techniques of quilting and embroidery with social and political messages and imagery for advocacy, community building and democracy.

Tal designed and hand stitched us an original artwork inspired by Roller Coaster which was then transferred into a digital format for this special merch collab.

These bright and bold rock and roll inspired tee’s come in youth ($25+ shipping) and adult sizes ($35+ shipping). There are two designs; a signature Tal Fitzpatrick ‘Roller Coaster’ title stitch and our hero, full front art design of roller skates with iconography representing themes from the show.

All profits from the tees go back into supporting community participation with free and accessible workshops and fees to support artists and skaters to co-create the future of Roller Coaster.

Read More about Tal’s process and inspiration below 

Tal Fitzpatrick (she/her) | ARTIST STATEMENT 

As a socially-engaged artist driven by the politics of intersectional feminism I was really inspired and excited about the opportunity to come up with merch design for Everybody Now!’s production of Roller Coaster. The stories that Roller Coaster is based on and the processes of putting this show together have huge resonances with my own creative practice and I adore the fierce and unapologetic aesthetics of the roller skating and roller derby scenes! For me, this design is about celebrating resilience in the face of adversity and paying homage to the things that help get us through tough times – like music, roller skating and being in community!

ABOUT TAL

Based on the unceded lands of the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh language region, Israeli born Australian artist Tal Fitzpatrick is best known for her creative and academic work in the field of craftivism. She holds a PhD in Visual Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (2018) and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from Griffith University, Gold Coast (2010). 

Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and art spaces in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Hobart, as well as abroad in Sweden, Canada and America. Her most recent solo exhibition ‘Quietly Seething’ was held at Art-Work Studios on the Gold Coast and was supported by RADF. She also participated in the 2023 INCUBATE* Residency program with Placemakers* and is currently one of five artists participating in the 2023-2024 Generate GC program.

See more of Tal’s Work

Insta @talfitzpatrick