Bernie Stephens and a yarnbombed sulky at Pringle Cottage.
Bernie Stephens and a yarnbombed sulky at Pringle Cottage. Tessa Flemming

Woolly wonders set to take over Warwick in just a few hours

IT'S A matter of hours before the official Jumper and Jazz festivities get started and the town is abuzz with excitement.

This year's program features more than 100 events over the two-week festival, ranging from workshops to three course dinners to jazzercise classes.

Tomorrow is the official launch day and the unveiling of the much-anticipated tree jumpers.

"There's some really beautiful stories connected to the jumpers there this year,” Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine said.

"There's some specifically for children, there's some really heartfelt ones, the ones where people have working together as a group, and there's some real pieces of excellence.”

The talented Yarntopians are preparing for their annual yarn installation at the Warwick Art Gallery, which has become one of the most popular parts of the festival.

The installation is set to be the perfect accompaniment to individual yarnbombing by various organisations around town, like that of the Warwick and District Historical Society.

The life-sized yarn display, which has been included in the gallery's annual celebrations since 2014, is always set to a committee theme, which this year is 'off the grid'.

Ms Devine said the theme was very 'rustic' and had been decided by the group in last September, as a way to stay true to previous year's installations, which have included a complete yarn kitchen and gypsy wagon.

"A lot of the ideas are influenced by re-purposing elements from before,” Ms Devine said. "We're very concious that you can't create endless elements and so we try to make them look different each time.”

And while the display is still top secret, Ms Devine is sure audiences will love it.

"People will find lots of little hidden elements that will be delightful and photoworthy,” she said.



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