Loretta Grayson, Karina Devine and Pat Benkendorff prepare the art gallery tree for yarn bombing day tomorrow.
Loretta Grayson, Karina Devine and Pat Benkendorff prepare the art gallery tree for yarn bombing day tomorrow. Emma Channon

Tree destined for 'bombing'

WHILE most trees will have to wait until July's Jumpers and Jazz festival to be relieved of the winter chill, one fortunate tree will be donning its winter jacket early.

The tree outside the Warwick Art Gallery will become a tangle of woollen garments tomorrow as part of international yarn bombing day.

A form of “guerrilla-type” street art which has been likened to graffiti (although is much easier to get rid of), yarn bombing day encourages people to decorate their chosen tree overnight with pieces of knitting and crochet.

Tomorrow though, there will be no secrecy when Art Gallery director Karina Devine and other volunteers decorate their adopted tree.

“We thought with Jumpers and Jazz coming up next month, it was too much of an opportunity not to be missed,” Mrs Devine said.

“One of the volunteers has been co-ordinating bits and pieces of knitting and crochet and sewing them together.

She's also measured the lengths and widths of the tree branches.”

With such a flexible material, Mrs Devine said it was not imperative to get the measurements completely accurate.

Woollen pieces have arrived from around the Southern Downs, including Stanthorpe, Allora and Killarney and added to the design.

The Art Gallery staff hopes more people will come forward over the coming weeks to add to the collection.

The colourful garments will stay on the tree for the next month, until the Jumpers and Jazz festival finishes on July 31.



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