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My Journey

2007 Alice Springs Beanie Festival

Every beanie destined for the Festival is a creative journey for its maker that begins with an idea and some fibre or yarn. Their makers send them across land and sea to reach the Festival in Alice Springs each winter. Other journeys begin. Some beanies will travel the globe, change hands and heads, be lost and found, loved and laughed at.
Express a special moment or a visual reference from a story in your life, in a beanie: the trip of a lifetime, a trek through the bush, the emotional roller coaster of life events, or the friendships made along the way. In 2007 the Festival celebrates journeys.

Jude Mapleson Beanie Kerry Elsome Beanie 
Jude Mapleson Kerry Elsome

1 Champion 'My Journey' beanie: beanie that best expresses a journey you have taken.
Winner: All Roads Lead To, Soosie Jobson, Fremantle, WA
Special Mention: From the Murray to the Todd via Bondi, Jude Mapleson, Alice Springs
2 Most sculptural 'My Journey' beanie: push the form of your beanie while expressing your journey.
Winner: Rainbow Serpent, Francis Hutson, Melbourne
Special Mention: Journey through the Universe, Shaz Harrison- Williams
3 Spirit of the Land: tells the stories of the ranges, the sea, the desert.
Winner: Just Deserts, Felicity Kamevaar
Special Mention: Digging for Honey Ants, Yilpi Adamson, Ernabella

 Felicity Kamevaar beanie  Dora Haggie Beanies
Felicity Kamevaar  Dora Haggie

4 Most stylish 'My Journey' beanie: classic shapes that express your journey.
Winner: Peacock Splendour, Kerry Elsome
Special Mention: Compass Beanie, Ulla Melchiorsen, Mareeba, QLD
5 Mad Hatter's 'My Journey' prize: A funny, crazy journey tale - make us laugh.
Winner: Emu, Joan Stanley, Coffin Bay, SA
Special Mention: Titje Bunyip, Helen Walters

 Lena Campbell Beanie  Marie Schilling
 Lena Campbell  Marie Schilling

6 Best 'My Journey' Australian native flora and fauna: No real animals or plant parts please!
Winner: Autum, Gabrialle Powell, Cabargo
Special Mention: Wichetty Grubs, Lena Campbell, Titjikala
7 The Eileen Bladon Tea Cosie prize: How many journeys have unfolded over a cup of tea?
Winner: On the Diwali, Lisa Waller, Benchigo with N Purcell, Newcastle
Special Mention: Warm Fuzzies, Merren Weaver, Alice Springs
8 Prize for the Best Felting
Winner: Rovin, Robby Wright, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Special Mention: Canadian Spring, Patricia Miller, Oberon, NSW

Merren Weaver Beanie  Lisa Waller, N Purcell Teacosie
 Merren Weaver Lisa Waller & N Purcell Teacosie

9 Central Australian Prize for Makers of the Region: An award for a Central Australian artist for an outstanding piece of work.
Winner: Meshing of Worlds, Fred Meigel & Karina Penhall, Alice Springs
Special Mention: Wild donkeys, Marie Shilling, Titjikala

10 Beanie Festival Committee Acquisitive Prize for Wonderful and Unusual Work
Winner: Alice and the Beanie People, Maria Schnerder
Special Mention: Warm - Black Footed Rock Wallaby, Dora Haggie, Ernabella
11 The Robbie Beard Prize for Innovative Work
Winner: Paper Crane, Aiko Takahashi, Japan
Special Mention: Mastering Knitting, Barbara d'Arbon

 Aiko Takahashi  Mary Burns

12 My Journey: up to 3 pieces may be entered as a series
Winner: 3pcs, Ungakini Tjangala, Ernabella
Special Mention: 3pcs, Pantjiti Lionel, Ernabella
13 People's Prize: The Favourite Beanie of 2007
A Great Life, Mary Burns, Lithgow

The parade of the 2007 winning beanies can be viewed on you tube if you have a flashplayer:

The exhibition was open daily 10am- 5pm from Saturday, 30 June to Sunday 19 August 2007

Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs Cultural Precinct, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs.

The Cleckheaton Dozen! 12 magnificent barrels of yarns
$250 Cleckheaton Cash prize. For the Peoples Choice winner.
The Ashford Felting prize. A beautiful bundle of fleeces.

Gay Epstein, Brian Tucker, Kieren Finnane, Judith Preston-Stanley

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