Warwick Art Gallery’s Yarntopians yarnbombing team has plenty of surprises in store for festival goers at this year’s Jumpers & Jazz in July. Jumpers & Jazz, a yarnbombing and jazz winter festival in Warwick, runs from 20 July to 30 July.

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

“Our ideas grow more ambitious with each festival,” said 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 have been working on their new projects for the last nine month. They are now very astute at making use of previous year’s projects to create something new every year and have a collection of beautiful elements that they re-purpose 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, whcih will be a surprise for festival visitors.

“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,” said Loretta.

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.

Local artists Lisa Burgess and Louis van Slobbe’s delightful yarn-bombed caravan, The Egg Bomb Project, also created a huge buzz at last year’s festival. This year, the colourful vintage caravan has a matching yarn-bombed Kombi to tow her.

You can see Lisa and Louis’s “Winter Holiday” at Warwick Art Gallery on Saturday, 22 July and Saturday, 29 July, on Palmerin Street for the RACG Grant Auto Display on Sunday, 23 July, and at the Warwick Credit Union Jazz Stage on Sunday 30 July.

Read more about Jumpers and Jazz here.