2019 Tree Jumper Hall of Fame recipient Helen Gross.
2019 Tree Jumper Hall of Fame recipient Helen Gross. Chris Lines

WOOLLY WINNERS: Tree jumper champions crowned in Warwick

AFTER dressing trees for Jumpers and Jazz since its inception, Helen Gross' contribution to the festival has been recognised with the hall of fame award.

Ms Gross first started making tree jumpers alongside her friend Jessica Thompson when the festival first started in 2004.

Since then she has become a festival staple and a vital member of the Warwick Art Gallery's Yarntopians team.

She uses her craft as a means of distraction from the more stressful parts of her life.

"I go up to my dad's property in Dalveen every weekend to help him with the cattle," Ms Gross said.

Her father, like many farmers, is struggling through the drought.

"The drought is knocking everyone about at the moment so it is nice to have something to take my mind off of it."

Through her tree jumpers, Ms Gross said she strives to make her exhibits authentic and fun.

"It is all about making people smile, many people have come up and told me their kids love the pencil jumper."

 

'Dreaming of Colouring In' by Helen Gross.
'Dreaming of Colouring In' by Helen Gross. Chris Lines

Sarah Round's 'Diamonds and Spirals' tree jumper won the Open Artistic Section.

She said the jumper represents her connection to family identity and mirrors the tessellated floors of her childhood bathroom.

 

'Diamonds and Spirals' by Sarah Round.
'Diamonds and Spirals' by Sarah Round. Chris Lines

Narelle Mercer's 'Sparks Fly' won the 'Connect' theme section of the presentation.

Her work explores growing connections on a micro and macro scale, contrasting how the synapses in our brains begin to look like the flight paths of aircraft when they are shown from a zoomed out perspective.

 

'Sparks Fly' by Narelle Mercer.
'Sparks Fly' by Narelle Mercer. Chris Lines

Jessica Thompson's delicious looking 'EBY FRY' won the section for Excellence in Knitting and/or Crochet.

"Needless to say I was hungry a lot during construction," she said.

 

'EBY FRY' by Jessica Thompson.
'EBY FRY' by Jessica Thompson. Chris Lines

Finally the Warwick Girls Brigade won the award for Best Community Group Entry with their jumper 'Around the world - part of a bigger picture'.

Their entry depicts people and countries from all over the world as one connected piece.

 

'Around the world - part of a bigger picture' by Warwick Girls Brigade.
'Around the world - part of a bigger picture' by Warwick Girls Brigade. Chris Lines


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