We love to yarn (bomb)

Warwick Art Gallery’s “Yarntopians” yarnbombing team has plenty of surprises in store for festival goers at this year’s Jumpers and Jazz in July festival.

Team coordinator and Warwick Art Gallery staff member Loretta Grayson is proud of how the team gets more motivated and inspired each year.

“Our ideas grow more ambitious with each festival”, says Loretta, “This year the Yarntopians will be taking over the Gallery’s foyer space with a very large yarn installation titled The Travelling Ravellers. We are also planning some colourful surprises in the gallery gardens that will brighten everyone’s day with their playfulness”

The Yarntopians, an enthusiastic and creative group, have been working for the last nine months on their new projects. They are now very astute at making use of previous year’s projects to create something new every year and have a great collection of beautiful elements that they repurpose for each festival.

As well as the Gallery project, they have been invited to create a special yarnbombing installation for the verandah of the historic Criterion Hotel. The team has been using crochet and macramé techniques to create a special artwork that will enhance the architectural beauty of the building.

After meeting Redfern yarnbomber Queen Babs on a visit to Sydney last year, Loretta initiated another new project involving small hanging crocheted hearts, known as lovebombs that will be a delightful surprise for festival visitors.

“Lovebombs are made by yarnbombers worldwide as a random act of kindness designed to put smiles on the faces of those who find them”, Loretta explains. “Our team has embraced the generous spirit of this project, and has made close to two thousand lovebombs to be given away during Jumpers and Jazz.”

The Yarntopians receive help from near and far, with contributions arriving in the post from all over Australia. Piecing everything together and installation of the work is done by a smaller number of locals, and Loretta is keen to welcome new helpers to this team.

In addition to the new projects, the team will also re create some of the festival’s favourite yarnbombing attractions such as Petal the golf buggy and the beautiful wraps made for the sandstone pillars on Warwick Town Hall.

Another local yarn bombing project that created a huge buzz at last year’s festival was local artists Lisa Burgess and Louis van Slobbe’s delightful yarn bombed caravan called the Egg Bomb Project. This year this colourful vintage caravan has an equally charming matching yarn bombed Kombi to tow her. You can see Lisa and Louis’s “Winter Holiday” at Warwick Art Gallery on Saturday 22 and Saturday 29, on Palmerin Street for the RACQ Grand Auto Display on Sunday 23 and at the Warwick Credit Union Jazz Stage on Sunday 30 July.

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