20 July 14
“Knitchen” is a wonderful term — evoking kitsch within a natural combination of knitting and kitchen — and I had to see it for myself! Coordinated yarnbombing is a beautiful thing — and even more so when it’s influenced by the colour-savvy eye of artist Loretta Grayson. Today we visited Warwick Art Gallery to see the Knitchen exhibit — a retro kitchen entirely covered in fibre!
Jumpers & Jazz in July has been running for several years in Warwick. Locals cover the trunks of the street trees in fibre — some are properly yarnbombed, others are wrapped with fabric. It’s a fun and interesting exhibit and — along with the workshops, musical gigs and car rallies — the town overflows with visitors who come to participate in the experience.
I first heard about Jumpers & Jazz and Knitchen from Grayson’s Instagram pictures. When I saw her photos of a rainbow chair and then learned that a whole kitchen set-up was being yarnbombed, I knew it would be beautiful! She includes a rainbow spectrum in many of her artworks, and I wake every morning to the cheerful sight of her trees pasted alongside our bed in the bus.
Before we drove out of Warwick, we cruised up and down the streets to enjoy the different tree jumpers. The girls’ imaginations were caught by the variety of wraps on display, and we’d love to participate in something like this one year!
There’s still time to visit Jumpers and Jazz and the Knitchen exhibit in Warwick. The festival continues until July 27th, and if you miss this year’s event, mark your calendar for next year which is sure to be even better!