One of the pieces by Prudence Mapstone, who will visit Warwick to judge the Jumpers and Jazz festival.
One of the pieces by Prudence Mapstone, who will visit Warwick to judge the Jumpers and Jazz festival.

Knitting festival's special guest

SHE has published a book, appeared on American television, created pieces for boutique clothing stores and is a self-taught crotchet exponent and knitter – and she will bring her talents to the Rose City next week.

Prudence Mapstone will visit Warwick as the judge for the Jumpers and Jazz Festival and will conduct a series of workshops (the tickets for which sold out weeks ago).

Mrs Mapstone began knitting when she was seven and taught herself how to crochet from trial and error. She said she began to develop her own freestyle technique in response to pain in her hand.

“It was unfortunately caused by doing too much heavy knitting,” she said.

“Creating small, light and seemingly random patches not only made it possible for me to work with a wider range of different hand movements; it also gave me additional dimension, texture and interest in fabrics.”

The artist showed her freeform technique at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair in 1998, which kicked off international interest.

“Over the past 10 years I have shared my methods through workshops, lectures and shows in the USA, the UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, Bermuda, and Singapore,” she said.

“I also once filmed an episode about some of my handbag-making techniques for a crafts program on American cable TV.”

Mrs Mapstone will judge the tree jumpers on Friday and announce the winners at the Jumpers and Jazz launch party Friday evening. There are still tickets available for this event.

Just nine sleeps remain until the festival and Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine says preparations are going well.

Mrs Devine said three security guards from a local company would be employed by the gallery to patrol the trees each night. They will patrol each night from 7pm for the 10 days.

“That is the biggest expense for the festival and it's totally borne by the gallery,” she said.

“Last year was the first we had trees in Leslie Park and there was absolutely no vandalism to them.

“It makes a big difference (to the level of damage to the jumpers). We get feedback from the security guards and get help from the police and council too.”

More information about Mrs Mapstone at www.knotjustknitting.com.au.

 

Prudence:

Began knitting at seven and taught herself to crochet.

Inspired by colours and other interesting yarns.

Will judge the entries at Jumpers and Jazz Festival and conduct workshops.



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