Students jump right into quirky festival

IT was an exhibition of creativity, textures and impressive colours at TAFE yesterday.

Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft student Clare Cotton said the textile art students at TAFE wanted to join in the community spirit of the Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival.

“Jumpers and Jazz is a wonderful community festival and it has grown beyond our dreams,” Ms Cotton said.

“I have just been overseas for nine weeks but I deliberately planned my trip so that I would be back for Jumpers and Jazz - I made my tree jumpers three months in advance before I went away.

“All credit has to go to the organisers in particular to Karina Devine and Bev Marston. People are getting more involved in the event... and that's a lovely thing in the community.”

She said the textile art students had a wonderful teacher in Dorothy Devine.

“Dorothy... she just draws inner creativity out of us that we thought we never had. You will never know what you can do until you try,” Ms Cotton said.

She said the students thoroughly enjoyed creating items for the exhibition.

Visitors Karen Turnbull and Anita Baills were impressed with the talent on display.

“It's good to see the individual expressions of different artists here,” Mrs Turnbull said. “From an outsider's perspective it's great to see the community spirit... it makes us think there's something happening in this town.

“It's such a festival that gets people outdoors in winter...seeing the community celebrating in the middle of winter brings warmth to your heart.”

The student exhibition is open to the public all day today at the TAFE campus.

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