Jazzy jumper is a world traveller

The Italian-themed jumper made by Warwick local Judy Stiff (pictured) and her sister Glenda Campbell from Texas in the US.
The Italian-themed jumper made by Warwick local Judy Stiff (pictured) and her sister Glenda Campbell from Texas in the US. Karina Devine

THE Warwick Art Gallery has added an important item to its collection for Jumpers and Jazz history - a piece that has in fact travelled on two continents.

The jumper, which carried the title, "Mama Mia's Italian Restaurante, specialising in Italian Sausages", hung outside Lyons Street Butchery during the July festival.

It was made by local woman Judy Stiff and her sister, Glenda Campbell from Texas in America.

The two women registered for their Jumpers and Jazz tree back in May, and in the meantime, posted the jumper to one another from across the world.

In that fashion, the jumper travelled thousands of kilometres as one sister did a little bit of the design, then sent it to the other.

Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine was impressed by the intricacy of the piece.

"It's a really lovely work," Ms Devine said.

"It's come from two sisters who love each other dearly and obviously really enjoyed working on it together."

The jumper depicts various knitted items that have been incorporated into a restaurant scene.

"It's so detailed - there is an old Italian couple, pasta, and even cats with sausages around it," Ms Devine said.

The Art Gallery has been gathering unique work from the festival for seven years.

So far, there are about a dozen jumpers in the collection.

"These are works of art," Ms Devine said.

"It's so extraordinary to see what people can do, and it really puts the whole festival on a different level.

"People put them on trees in such good faith.

"It can get damaged or dirty, but they make it special anyway."

The Art Gallery is situated at 49 Albion St and opens at 10am from Tuesday to Sunday.



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