Mor­ph­ing into quirk­i­ness for Jumpers and Jazz

Warwick Daily News - - LIFESTYLE - By KA­RINA DEVINE

Gal­axy Mor­phed, Dar­ling Downs Tex­tile Art Group

Main Gallery, July 12–Au­gust 18 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,” Jan says.

“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.

Home Sweet Home, The War­wick Art Gallery Yarn­topi­ans

Foyer Gallery, July 19–Au­gust 18 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 co-or­di­na­tor Loretta Grayson is look­ing for­ward to re­veal­ing this year’s mas­ter­piece to the world on the first day of the fes­ti­val on July 19.

“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,” Loretta says.

“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.”

While want­ing to keep the in­stal­la­tion a se­cret un­til the grand re­veal in a few weeks’ time, Loretta did share that the pop­u­lar pineap­ple gar­den, with a new psy­che­delic colour scheme, will re­turn. 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.

Jumper­head, Jessica Thomp­son

Orange Wall Gallery, July 12–Au­gust 11

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 10 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 sec­ond­hand knitwear and re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, the yarn art­works in her Jumper­head ex­hi­bi­tion will in­cor­po­rate hu­man and an­i­mal forms. The art­works will be 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.

The Jumper­head ex­hi­bi­tion has re­ceived as­sis­tance from the Re­gional Arts Devel­op­ment Fund, which is a part­ner­ship be­tween the Queens­land Govern­ment and South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil to sup­port lo­cal arts and cul­ture in Re­gional Queens­land.

War­wick Art Gallery is open ev­ery day of the Jumpers and Jazz in July fes­ti­val from 10am to 4pm.

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