News

How a crochet hook took a Warwick woman to the top

ARTY SUCCESS: Dame Suzie Moncrief presents Jessica Thompson with the Children's Section runner-up prize for Pablo at the 2014 Awards Show at the TSB Arena, Wellington, New Zealand.
ARTY SUCCESS: Dame Suzie Moncrief presents Jessica Thompson with the Children's Section runner-up prize for Pablo at the 2014 Awards Show at the TSB Arena, Wellington, New Zealand. Jessica Thompson

IN TERMS of discovering talent, Jessica Thompson was a late bloomer.

The internationally renowned textile artist, who first picked up a crochet hook at the age of 30, has gone on to win awards at some of the world's largest textile events, including Jumpers and Jazz.

"It's a disease and an obsession," Miss Thompson said of crochet.

Jessica grew up in Toowoomba, moved to Warwick in 1998 and lived here for 10 years before moving to Brisbane.

She has entered Jumpers and Jazz every year since it began, with back-to-back wins in the knitting and crochet section and a string of highly commendeds.

"For my tree this year I saved plastic from a mattress wrap and had the idea to cut it up and crochet it," Miss Thompson said.

"I used three mattress covers and broke a crochet hook."

 

 

Jessica Thompson's award-winning Geometree in Palmerin St.
Jessica Thompson's award-winning Geometree in Palmerin St. Hugh Doolan and Sebastian Johnso

Miss Thompson's plastic-based, mirrored, geometric tree won this year's Excellence in Knitting and/or Crochet category.

"Because I'm a child of the 1980s, I incorporated some fluro yarn and I had this idea of having an abstract shape coming out around the tree," she said.

"I came to Warwick on the the 20th and it took me two and a half hours to put the tree up."

Two of the artist's most prized crocheted creations are also on display in AOK Clothing's shop window.

"I've got my garments, Gary and Hobart, in Warwick," she said.

 

 

Jessica Thompson's wearable artwork Gary, which is on display in AOK Clothing, Palmerin St.
Jessica Thompson's wearable artwork Gary, which is on display in AOK Clothing, Palmerin St. Hugh Doolan and Sebastrian Johns

Both featured at New Zealand's incredible World of Wearable Art, a leading international design competition that showcases the best in crocheted art.

Miss Thompson has attended the event twice as a spectator and four times as an entrant in the show.

"It was mind-blowingly awesome," she said.

"There are 16 performances and each category's performance goes for two and half hours; it's like this strange cirque de soleil, light, music and art performance.

"It's an extravaganza."

She said being chosen as an entrant in the show was a huge privilege, with only the best in the international art scene selected to showcase at the event.

"The high profile of getting in is such an honour," Miss Thompson said.

"There's hundreds and hundreds of entries and only a few get in: The bar gets raised every year."

 

See Miss Thompson's amazing geometric tree in Palmerin St, near the Warwick Credit Union.



8 things you didn't know you could do at North Straddie

NORTH Stradbroke Island is the perfect getaway whether you plan to stay for a day, a week or even a month.

A whisky-lover's blurprint to Brisbane's best bars

Check out The Gresham for some old-school fine drops.

SCOTCH, Whiskey and Whisky; it all gets a bit confusing.

Your guide to the best Brisbane markets

Enjoy the beautiful offerings of one of Brisbane's many markets.

WHO doesn’t love a good market!?

Ain’t no mountain high enough

No Caption

Brisbane's dishing up the mountain-hiking goods!

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

The Gresham's charm will win you over before your first sip.

THESE are the perfect places to hang this winter.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Construction on track for WSHS gymnasium

FRESH FACILITIES: Warwick High students William Watts, Daniel Giddy, Lyessa Utz and Britney Vincent at the Hamilton Oval construction site.

A new building worth $1.2 mil is almost complete

BOUT BONANZA: Win tickets to Horn V Pacquiao ringside

You could be there for the fight of the century: Jeff Horn taking on eight-time world champion and all-time boxing great Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane.

You and a mate could be ringside to witness sporting history.

Rose City build hits heritage

The Plumb's Chambers building today following extensive restoration works/ Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News

Realignment of heritage boundary proposed at Plumb's Chambers

Local Partners

Bonus Bill Busters Bingo card with today's paper!

IF YOU’RE wondering what those random cries of ‘bingo!’ have been around the city of late, then brace yourself – you too could be a winner!

Digging down to find Clare

Australian actress and singer Clare Bowen, who got her big break on the US TV series Nashville, is touring Australia with her solo album.

After five years on Nashville it’s time to tell her own stories.

TV REVIEW: Offspring season 7 is... fine

Alexander England and Asher Keddie in a scene from season seven of Offspring.

New Offspring won’t be remembered as the best season.

What's on at the cinemas over the school holidays

Tom Holland in a scene from the movie Spider-man: Homecoming.

Escape from reality over the holidays with a trip to the movies.

Rapper accidentally drops Banksy's real name in interview

Banksy’s ‘The girl with a balloon.’

Rapper Goldie may have just outed Banksy's real identity

Mariah Carey slammed for on-set antics

Mariah Carey’s cameo in the movie The House was reportedly scrapped.

Actor spills the beans on Mariah’s “borderline abusive” behaviour.

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson dead after long illness

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson has died.

Celebrity chef died after battle with an alcohol-related illness

Millionaire Nathan Birch to offload $55M in property

Nathan Birch wants to focus more on developing properties.

Sydney property investor has announced he is selling up

Fame factor boosts property prices in Byron

The stunning Clarke's Beach in Byron Bay.

House prices surge by an incredible 39.5% in star-studded area

Builders relish Coast's growing construction rates

The Coast's average house price has risen from by more than $10,000 in the past three years to $507,100.

House numbers and values are rising on the Coast

Open for inspection: Coast homes go on show

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Residents powerless to stop Airbnb ‘party houses’

A photo of a bucks party at a short-term rental in the Watergate Apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands, presented to a Victorian parliamentary committee into changes to laws governing short-stay accommodation.

Residents band together to fight the rise of AirBnB 'party houses'

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!