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Tree Jumper competition winners announced
July 24, 2017
The 2017 Jumpers and Jazz in July festival features 100 tree jumpers that are packed with inspiration, ingenuity and reverence. Artists from near and far have proven that the quality of the artwork showcased by the festival improves each year.
Official Tree Jumper Judge Jacqui Fink is an internationally acclaimed textile designer and a lover of beautiful yarn. Jacqui was both delighted and touched by the entries this year and found the judging process a challenge but very rewarding.
“Jumpers and Jazz in July is crafting nirvana!” said Jacqui, “It was a great honour to judge the entries this year.”
Jacqui announced her choices of the winners at Jazz @ the Gallery on the first Saturday of the festival in front of a large crowd including many artists as well as Tara Dennis and Fast Ed from Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens.
Winner of the Open Artistic section was Suzanne Bauer from Pittsworth. Suzanne’s artwork was inspired by the colours of autumn.
“I was inspired by a recent visit to see Tenterfield’s spectacular autumn display”, says Suzanne, “I am so honoured to be selected for an award and very grateful that the festival provides crafters with this opportunity.”
Tree Jumper artist Jessica Thompson, from Brisbane, who has made Tree Jumpers for thirteen out of fourteen festivals, was announced as the recipient of the very first Hall of Fame award. This award was introduced to acknowledge a Tree Jumper artist who has excelled in the craft and has won prizes over a number of years.
This year’s exhibition featured a record number of entries in the Meander Theme section. The prize for the best entry in this section was awarded to Narelle Mercer from Indooroopilly in Brisbane. Her artwork was installed on one of the large London Plane trees on Fitzroy Street. Narelle explains that her tree jumper was made using acrylic yarn and freeform crochet and it was inspired by a yacht trip through the Whitsunday’s.
“The theme Meander reminded me of my trip, sailing between the islands, reading charts, navigating around sand bars, rocks, strong currents and bays.” said Narelle, “The vibrant blue and green scenery inspired this representation of the meandering nature of water, whether rivers, deltas or ocean currents.”
The Excellence in Knitting or Crochet award was presented to the Diggers Garden Group for their entry called “Into the blue…and out of the blue….a jumper, jazz, the blues & birdsong”. This artwork features many different techniques of knitting and crochet in the trunk wrap and incorporates beautiful knitted magpies and pumpkins wrapped in custom made blankets.
The best Community Group entry was awarded to the Carbal Community Art Group for their entry titled Country. Their artwork explains that “country” in Aboriginal language mean a person’s land, sea, sky, rivers, sites, seasons, plants and animals, place of heritage, belonging and spirituality.
Jumpers and Jazz in July - Tree Jumper Winners List 2017