Karina Devine getting ready for Jumpers and Jazz.
Karina Devine getting ready for Jumpers and Jazz.

Artists warm to winter festival

WHEN Karina Devine arrived at a major Brisbane textile festival two years ago and started talking about “tree jumpers” people were baffled.

The Warwick Art Gallery director admits she continually had to offer detailed explanations of the quirky concept.

Then last year she set up at the same festival and the response was totally different.

“People had heard about Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz celebrations,” Ms Devine said.

“They knew where the city was, they’d seen tree jumpers on television and in the papers.”

Their response tallied with the Palmerin St results last July.

“At least 40% of our trees last year were decorated by people or groups from out of town,” Ms Devine said.

So next week when she heads off to the Textile Art Festival in Brisbane for the third consecutive year she’s expecting an even warmer response.

“The Textile Art Festival is the perfect platform to entice Brisbanites to come visit Jumpers and Jazz as they love craft and our whole town will be covered in it,” Ms Devine said.

“There is so much to do at the festival with jazz music, craft workshops and art exhibitions- people from Brisbane would just love it so hopefully our visit to the Textile Art Festival will get us some more wintery visitors.”

Ms Devine said a total of 160 trees would be dressed in jumpers as part of this year’s “starrry starry night” theme.

“I remember getting excited when we had 100 trees a few years ago,” she said.

“It is just getting bigger and bigger.

“This year we have had to include trees near the police station.”

Ms Devine will promote Jumpers and Jazz in July at the Textile Art Festival at the Brisbane Exhibition Centre from June 11-13.

The Warwick festival starts on July 21.



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