Beanies from the Heart - A Celebration of Friendship
Friendship has been at the heart of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival for seventeen years. We want to honour the values of friendship including trust, loyalty, honesty, compassion and fun. We challenge all beanie makers to make a heartfelt beanie about friendship.
Rebecca Bridgeman and Marilyn Hunter
The Peoples' Choice Winner & Winner of the Good Yarns Beanie
Old MacDonald, Rebecca Bridgeman and Marilyn Hunter, Adelaide and Alice Springs
1 Good Yarns Beanie
Depict a scene from your life or literature that tells a story of friendship. Shared passions, experiences, dance steps, and yarns.
Special Mention: Sharing Stories, Jeanette Ungawanaka, Titjikala
Winner: Old MacDonald, Rebecca Bridgeman and Marilyn Hunter, Adelaide and Alice Springs
Sharing Stories, Jeanette Ungawanaka, Titjikala, modeled by Nellie
Think deeply about a quality you love in a friend and express it symbolically.
Special Mention: My Friend Lassie, Sandra Summerfield, Titjikala
Winner: Remembering Friends, Dora Haggie, Ernabella
Above: Dora Haggie,a senior artist from Ernabella community, made this beanie with respite staff and friends, on a sad day. It was a way of sharing without talking and remembering a friend. Dora is a celebrated artist who continues to work, despite living with a disability that affects her hands.
3 A Collaborative Beanie. Work collaboratively with a friend to create a beanie where your talents shine. If possible please send a picture of you and your friend.
Special Mention: Childhood Memories, Caroline Alexander and Shirley Jones, Elizabeth, South Australia
Winner: The Ipswich Beanie, Kyla D’Aubonnett and Rebecca Lewis
Above: The Ipswich Beanie was commissioned by the Ipswich Gallery, made with locally produced railway figurines and home spun wool.
Caroline Alexander and Shirley Jones
4 The Other Best Friend.
Many of us have connections with pets and animals. Celebrate your interspecies friendship!
Special Mention: My Pet Chameleon, Penny O’Neill, Moonee Ponds
Winner: Cuddle Koala, Annie Dunlop, Victoria
5 Spirit of the Land
A beanie that captures the story and spirit of the land we live in.
Special Mention: Outback, Cherrelle Nicholson, Victoria
Winner: The Blood Flower, Lorraine McArthur, Busselton WA
6 Natural Fibres Beanie
For a fabulous beanie made with love from natural fibres, incorporating a great idea and skill.
Special Mention: The Blessing Hat, Anne Stadler and Heather Matthews, Murwillumbah
Winner: Springtime, Margo Venhoek, Netherlands
7 The Eileen Bladon Tea-Cosy Prize
Many friendships are strengthened over a cuppa.
Special Mention: Valentine’s Day, Jo Court, Perth, WA
Winner: A Family Affair, Betty and Jude Mapleson, Alice Springs
Betty and Jude Mapleson
8 The Central Australian Prize
For an outstanding piece of work made by a local Centralian artist.
Special Mention: (Untitled), Audrey Kitson, Willowra
Winner: Bush Sultana, Margaret Brown, Nyirripi
9 Ashfords Prize for Best Hand-felted Beanie
Including wet felting, needle felting or knit and felt techniques.
Winner: Gropmund G Groper, Julie Brennan, Moruya, NSW (see below)
Special Mention: Stripes, Jezebel Presley, Willowra
10 Festival Committee Acquisition Prize
For wonderful and unusual work.
Winner: Meeting on the Lilypad, Robyn McShane, Wollongong
11 The Robbie Beard Handspun Prize
Prize for a work made with yarn hand spun by the artist.
Winner: Tyger, Tyger Burning Bright, Frances Hutson, Melbourne (see below)
Special Mention: Camel, Inpiti Winton, Ernabella
12 School Age Beanie Encouragement Prize
For a school-aged beginner beanie maker.
Special Mention: White crochet beanie, Tasha Forest, Willowra
Winner: (untitled) Calvin Goodwin, Mutitjulu
13 School Age Beanie Prize
For a school-aged advanced beanie maker.
Special Mention: Mosaic, Ursula Williams, Fregon
Winner: (untitled) Telma Riley, Fregon
Beanie Competition and Exhibition:
Gallery One, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs Cultural Precinct, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs.
Open from Friday June 21- Sunday July 16 2013
June 21- Monday 24 June 2013
The 2013 Alice Springs Beanie Festival was an absolute delight. Congratulations to all our beanie makers who created fabulous headgear both for the Exhibition and Beanie Central. Over 6000 beanies were entered from around the globe and nearly 9000 visitors passed through the doors to enjoy the colour, warmth and joy. The theme for the exhibition was ‘Beanies from the HeART – A Celebration of Friendship’. Friendship has been at the heart of the Alice Springs Beanie Festival for seventeen years. We wanted to honour the values of friendship including trust, loyalty, honesty, compassion and fun. We challenged all beanie makers to make a heartfelt beanie about friendship. And the results were stunning.
Many of the beanies were created by Indigenous artists from remote Central Australia. Thanks to funding from Bachelor College and ArtsNT, the Beanie Festival ran 16 weeks of beanie making workshops in the remote communities of Willowra, Nyrripi, Mutitjulu, Papunya, Titjikala, Ernabella and Fregon. The beanies were a highlight of the exhibition and told stories of the life and culture of desert Australia. Many of the Indigenous artists made the long trip into Alice for the festival and taught visitors from around the world how to make their own beanies.
Our thanks go out to all our inspiring beanie makers, our darling volunteers who came from near and far, our sponsors, supporters, Araluen Arts Centre, our esteemed judges and the beanie loving public. May we go in friendship until 2014,
The Beanie Festival Committee.