“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!

Knitchen, yarnbombing a kitchen, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
A doily-covered fridge is part of the collaborative exhibit that took eight months to complete.

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.

Jumpers and Jazz in July, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
The exterior columns of the art gallery are decorated for the festival.

Jumpers and Jazz in July, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
A tree-trunk in the carpark is covered with patchwork squares.

Jumpers and Jazz in July, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
The trees in the courtyard are wrapped up.

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.

Loretta Grayson's crochet works, Warwick Art Galley, July 2014
I love the colour combinations on all Loretta Grayson's artworks. She has the special knack of choosing complementary colours that stretch across the spectrum!

Knitchen, yarnbombing a kitchen, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
The retro furniture is completely covered by crocheted and knitted pieces.

Knitchen, yarnbombing a kitchen, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
A line of biscuits sits on the side table next to a rotary telephone. Even the phone's cord is covered.

Knitchen, yarnbombing a kitchen, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
Next to the fridge, a stove, sink and counter are completely covered. The colours for each piece were coordinated and the wool was provided to the many contributors before being joined together for the exhibit.

Knitchen, yarnbombing a kitchen, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
A tassel evokes water falling from the faucet into the woolly sink while a selection of fully-wrapped cutlery and a crocheted plate sits in the strainer.

Knitchen, yarnbombing a kitchen, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
Artwork on the walls and a hanging lamp complete the look in the little, utilitarian knitchen!

Knitchen, yarnbombing a kitchen, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
The table is set for two, with toast on offer and a roast chicken ready for carving.

Knitchen, yarnbombing a kitchen, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
Grayson's beautiful rainbow chairs are my absolute favourite item in the exhibit.

Knitchen, yarnbombing a kitchen, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
Even the floor is covered by a checkerboard of knitted squares.

Knitchen, yarnbombing a kitchen, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
An open cupboard stores extra crockery and the quintessential Aussie staples of Vegemite and tomato sauce.

Knitchen, yarnbombing a kitchen, Warwick, Queensland, July 2014
We love the intricacy found in the details — like in this bowl of fruit.

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!