Karina Devine is thrilled with the how well the yarn bombing project turned out.
Karina Devine is thrilled with the how well the yarn bombing project turned out. Shannon Newley

Town hall makes fashion statement

LAST year's Jumper and Jazz yarn bombing project – covering a VW car – was always going to be a hard one to top, but Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine thinks they nailed it.

“This year we wanted to something bigger and better and the town hall was the obvious choice,” she said.

“It is a meeting place for the festival, when I am co-ordinating things I often tell people to meet me here, so it was fitting.”

Ms Devine said it was the first time the building had been dressed up for the festival but the results were beyond her expectations.

“When we wrote to the council about it they said they needed to see a picture so I had the gallery assistant Photoshop in what we hoped it would look like,” she said.

“And unbelievably it looks almost exactly like that.”

More than a hundred pairs of hands contributed to the explosion of colour on the main-street building.

“We decided we needed to have elements that were easy to make so we could involve children as well,” she said.

“So that's why we have the pom poms and tassels, all kids have done those.

“Then we did a call out for 20cm, plain coloured squares and people started sending them in – and they just kept coming.”

The crocheted and knitted squares were then sewn together to make the blankets which were installed using a scissor lift.

Passers-by were impressed by the rugged-up building with one lady vowing to return tomorrow to take photographs and another gushing about how wonderful it looked.

Ms Devine hoped to yarn bomb the town hall again at next year's Jumpers and Jazz festival.

“We thought it would be nice to keep it for town hall and make it a tradition,” she said.

“It's nice to have those traditions people can come back and see time and time again like the beanie and scarf on the statue.

“It's great to get that mix of new things to keep it fresh and traditions so that people feel warm and comfortable.

“We had so many people come and ask about the VW (which didn't get bombed this year) and hopefully this will be the same.”

She said there was already interest in next year's festival with people booking trees.

“We have also had people asking what the theme will be, we haven't decided it's something we have to consider carefully,” Ms Devine said.



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