A yarn-bombed tree outside the Warwick Art Gallery.
A yarn-bombed tree outside the Warwick Art Gallery. nicky.norman

Warwick's yarn bombers have big plans for Jumpers and Jazz

THE witty art form known as yarn bombing is a relative newcomer to the street art scene, gathering participants and audiences all over the world.

The practice is thought to have started in the United States in the past decade with knitters finding a creative way to use leftover yarn and unfinished projects. It is a form of graffiti without socio-political commentary or advertising - an alternative name often used is "guerrilla knitting".

In the picturesque regional town of Warwick, yarn bombing a handful of trees 11 years ago was the catalyst for the establishment of a yarn bombing art and jazz music festival that transforms the town during the last two weeks of July every year.

Yarn bombing projects naturally involve the participation of many willing hands using their knitting needles and crochet hooks, dreaming up quirky ideas and clever objects to transform.

Warwick Art Gallery has an energetic team of yarn bombers who collaborate on projects for Jumpers & Jazz in July all year.

In 2014 the Warwick Art Gallery yarn bombing team created a remarkable knitted, crochet, felted and wrapped installation inspired by an old-fashioned kitchen. The Knitchen attracted a massive audience and was one of the gallery's most popular exhibitions ever.

Warwick Art Gallery's yarn bombing team has big plans for Jumpers & Jazz in July, from July 16 to 26.

The jazz program is driven by the many venues in Warwick, Goomburra and Killarney. Come and hear musicians perform Dixieland, swing and mainstream jazz throughout the festival with an abundance of free entertainment at Saturday's Stroll n Swing and Sunday's Picnic in the Park.

Involve yourself in the creativity by joining an art workshop, attend an artist's talk or design a tree jumper. Bring your knitting needles or crochet hooks - spontaneous acts of art in the streets, coffee shops and parks are encouraged. For more: www.jumpersandjazz.com.

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