Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine and volunteer Pat Benkendorff prepare for Jumpers and Jazz. Photo Emma Channon
Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine and volunteer Pat Benkendorff prepare for Jumpers and Jazz. Photo Emma Channon

Jumpers take shape for festival

CREATING her entry for next month’s Jumpers and Jazz Festival is proving to be no mean feat for Karina Devine.

Not only does the Warwick Art Gallery director have to fashion a garment large enough for her tree’s two metre girth, she has to settle on colours and designs.

On top of that, there are jumper-related injuries to deal with.

“I’ve broken skin on my leg from trying to measure the tree,” she said.

“Another volunteer cut her fingers when she was working on her entry too.”

Mrs Devine said she and her jumper had gone through a hostile period, but they were “now friends again”.

“It was titled hot pink vomit but it’s progressed now,” she laughed.

“It involves a lot of tassels. It’s very pretty.”

Mrs Devine said her jumper would be entered in the open artistic section, but it won’t be judged against the others to ensure the competition remains transparent.

Last year’s calls for a people’s choice award will also be answered this year, with the committee putting their heads together to sort out the details.

“We’ve had a people’s choice award before, but we found it difficult to gather the entries,” Mrs Devine said.

“People were reluctant to hand in their forms here.

“This year, hopefully we’ll have some places along the main street where people can drop their entries in.

"Hopefully we’ll also have an incentive for people to vote, but that’s just an idea at this stage.”

Jumpers and Jazz runs for 10 days from July 21. More information at www.jumpersandjazz.com.



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