In 2014 Warwick Art Gallery invited avid knitters and crocheters to band together to make yarn installations for Jumpers and Jazz in July. Their collaborative projects have attracted worldwide attention for juxtaposing the covering of everyday objects with yarn with contemporary design trends, outrageous colour and a massive dose of quirkiness. The outcomes attract thousands of visitors to Warwick Art Gallery but the main achievement has been the collegiate spirit of the group and their enthusiasm and generosity.
With a firm commitment to encouraging participation, team coordinator Loretta Grayson, is looking forward to revealing this year’s masterpiece to the world on the first day of the festival on the 19th of July.
“This year’s project called Home Sweet Home is the outcome of the group’s desire to create an artwork that reminds visitors of childhood treats and playful adventures,” said Loretta, “The installation, which will totally set your taste buds tingling, will completely surround you with colour and wonderful examples of the creativity of the members of the team.”
Home Sweet Home will extend into the garden outside the Gallery with the return of the popular pineapple garden, with a new psychedelic colour scheme.. They will be joined by a flamboyant flock of friends who are set to be the media stars of the festival this year.
The Yarntopians have been assisted in the construction of Home Sweet Home by Warwick Men’s Shed and Warwick Bunnings with grateful thanks to Rob Schulz.
Created exclusively for the 2018 Jumpers and Jazz in July festival artists of the Darling Downs Textile Art Group will explore the Universe, its colours, changing patterns, its magnetic enigma and creative appeal through the textile medium.
A unique immersive experience for all ages, this exhibition is a superb example of artists working collaboratively to create a collective narrative.
Group member Jan Scudmore says the group hopes that the exhibition appeals to a broad audience.
“Humanity’s interest in the Universe is profound and deep-rooted,” says Jan, “It is our intention to present an exhibition to give the viewer an experience as if they were actually travelling through space.”
This dynamic exhibition will feature predominately new works incorporating a delicious array of textile mediums in traditional and contemporary formats.
The Darling Downs Textile Art Group is an organisation of artists based on the Darling Downs who are dedicated to textile and quilt art practices.
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Former Warwick resident Jessica Thompson, who now lives in Brisbane, was inducted into the Warwick Art Gallery Tree Jumpers Artist Hall of Fame in 2017. Her crochet artistry has been recognised by the judges at just about every year of the festival since judging began ten years ago.
For this year’s festival the Gallery has invited Jessica to develop a new suite of crochet garments to showcase her skill and creative ability. Made from repurposed second hand knitwear and recycled materials the yarn artworks in her Jumperhead exhibition will incorporate human and animal forms. The artworks will life sized and explore themes of animal trophyism and human body adornment.
Jessica’s artwork has been recognised internationally at the World of Wearable Art in Wellington, New Zealand. She has recently been announced as a finalist in the 2018 competition and presentation. Jessica takes her crochet beyond the boundaries of your typical crochet artwork. She is inspired by camouflage, grunge, science fiction and geekery.
Jumperhead was made possible through a grant from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queesnalnd Governemnt and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.