Jenny Ryan and Peta Murphy put the finishing touches to the group’s entry.
Jenny Ryan and Peta Murphy put the finishing touches to the group’s entry.

Tree entry inspired by Purple Haze

IT stands as a tribute to American psychedelic rock musician Jimi Hendrix and his signature song Purple Haze, but a group of Warwick mums wants to be clear on one point.

While their tree entry in this year’s Jumpers and Jazz Festival might have been inspired by the song, commonly believed to have been penned during Hendrix’s drug-induced phase (courtesy of purple LSD capsules), their inspiration is more innocent.

In their case LSD stands for: Latte, scones and dessert.

This group of tree artists is united by a common love of coffee.

So, unsurprisingly, it was over a regular Tuesday caffeine hit that the 11-strong group first mooted the idea of entering the innovative winter festival.

Their initial entry three years ago was rewarding, but “not exactly award-winning”.

“We do ‘big’ entries, but by now we have recognised our ability to pull off what’s in our imagination is non-existent,” tree artist Lyn Irwin-Kelly said.

“But getting a design together each year has become a tradition.”

Yesterday they resisted their caffeine urges to dedicate the morning to assembling their “Purple Haze” entry in line with this year’s psychedelic theme.

They then took their festival involvement a step further, supervising their children – all 20-plus of them – to decorate the tree next to theirs.

Tree artists will be out in full force today as Jumpers and Jazz official decorating kicks off.



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