Denise Vanderlugt, with her colourful baskets, will be a guest tutor at this year’s Jumper and Jazz Festival.
Denise Vanderlugt, with her colourful baskets, will be a guest tutor at this year’s Jumper and Jazz Festival.

Quilts bring kids' book to life

SOUTHERN Downs children will adore the new exhibition at Warwick Art Gallery as they discover ‘Where Rainbows Live’.

The gallery is exhibiting 13 original artworks which were created for the delightful children’s picture book Where Rainbows Live by Denise Vanderlugt from the Whitsundays.

Her inspiration for the book was her local environment – the rainforest, the reef, wetlands and open spaces. She has been a full-time quilt maker since 1982 and her work is recognised in Australia and overseas.

The book was published in 2007 with the story illustrated by the quilts and the text embroidered onto linen.

In 2008, the book won two international awards, a bronze medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards and a gold medal for a Spirit Award in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.

Vanderlugt has also developed a technique for making three-dimensional forms, such as baskets, from fabric. The baskets feature in her book and these will also be on display.

Vanderlugt has been invited by Warwick Art Gallery to be a guest tutor at this year’s Jumpers and Jazz in July festival.

All places in her class are taken but you will be able to meet her in Warwick on Saturday, July 17 at 10am and 2pm when she will do special readings of her book at the gallery.

You will also see her spectacular jellyfish artwork in a palm tree for the tree jumper exhibition which starts on Thursday, July 15.



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