BARREL OF JOY: Sam and Kerry Ferrell's tree jumper display.
BARREL OF JOY: Sam and Kerry Ferrell's tree jumper display. Tessa Flemming

Sisters-in-laws connect J&J with old-school nostalgia

AS PARTICIPANTS in the annual tree jumper display set up their crafted creations along Warwick's CBD, Sam and Kerry Farrell saw a perfect opportunity to represent their family inside the year's theme of "connect”.

"We thought we would show how we, as a family, connect through boardgames,” Sam said.

The sisters-in-law have been participating in the festival since 2015 and their display this year, a knitted game of Barrel of Monkeys is tailored specifically to their family and close bond, even down to the game's name on the barrel, Kezam, a fusion of Kerry and Sam's name.

"We've been wanting to have a monkey tree for years but we could never figure out how to do it and with this year's theme it all finally clicked,” Sam said.

The design was a bit of the laid back approach for the pair who have been highly commended in the past for their tree jumper displays, including the peacock display currently owned by the Warwick Art Gallery.

"We didn't have the time to crotchet or knit this year but we still want to be involved,” Sam said.

"We don't care if we win, we just like being a part of it.

"Our husbands both help out a lot but it really is our thing.”

For the sisters-in-law, the design was also about bringing colour and fun to the town.

"It's a splash of colour and fun and hopefully kids will love it,” Sam said.

"We really tried to make it bright because, with the drought, everything's a little bit sad right now.”



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