The Road Ahead : June July 2014
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 40 IMAGES: THE 'COSY' FACADE OF THE WARWICK ART GALLERY; TREE JUMPERS -- 'CARE OF THE OLDER PERSON' (SNOWMAN), BY AKOORAMAK AND 'CLOSE ENCOUNTERS', BY JESSICA THOMPSON. (ALL PHOTOS BY IAN MACE). TRAVEL | QLD GREAT ESCAPE THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2014 IT GETS SO cold in Warwick in the winter that even the trees need jumpers. At least that seems to have been the inspiration for one of the best winter festivals in Queensland, the Jumpers and Jazz in July (I'm so tempted to continue the alliterative theme here with Jubilation, Joy, Jesting, Jollity, Jamboree, Joviality and Jolly Good Fun all in the mix). What with more than 120 trees dressed up in home-made winter woollies more creative than your granny could have managed, a decorated tea-bag section and a whole kitchen consisting of knitted pots and pans, it's a craft-person's delight. In the foyer of the Art Gallery, at 49 Albion Street, this so-called Knitchen is being set up, with knitted tables, chairs, food appliances, cutlery and even the kitchen sink creating a whole room fit for ... what? Crocheted grannies making knitted patty cakes maybe? This is a community project, with people from all over the district contributing quirky items large and small, so if you've ever knitted a boiled egg in a cup, here's your chance. If you contact Sue or Loretta at the Art Gallery (07 4661 0434, or email warwickart@ sdrc.qld.gov.au), they may still be able to squeeze you in. Bare trees bloom early with masses of crocheted red flowers, or are rugged up in elaborate granny squares, and even the stuffy town fathers' statues join in the fun, wearing scarves and beanies and thereby robbing the pigeons of their roosting places. Last year, one tree magically became the Faraway Tree, with ladders and little houses and Mrs Washalot thankfully refraining from throwing the dirty washing water all over innocent passers-by. And to continue the kitchen theme, this year there will also be a special ecologically-sound display of artworks made from recycled tea bags. But the festival is not something just to be looked at, appreciated and enthused over. It's participatory, too, and you may find yourself dragging out the knitting or crochet needles and play it cool in warwick ALISON COATES PREVIEWS ONE OF THE MORE INNOVATIVE AND COLOURFUL WINTER FESTIVALS.