Winning Beanie Results

2012 Old Stories New Yarns

The challenge in 2012 is to tell a yarn or express stories through your work. Explore your own heritage. What tales are important to your family? Be inspired by mythological creatures and heroines. Dream of your favourite bedtime story. Let your imagination find new details to share. The exhibition was open Friday June 22- Sunday July 17 2012

Competition Categories

1 Family Yarns - Express your family heritage. Look back to the generations who have come before you and share the story in a beanie. Celebrate a textile technique used by your grandma’s grandma- or make a head dress from your own culture. Express a story that explains something about who you are personally or the country you come from.
Winner: Louise Daniels, Tangentyere - Echidna and Wallabies
Special Mention: Llewena Newell, Coffin Bay - Ellen Gallagher’s Hat
Sponsored by Red Kangaroo Books
Under the Chrystal Tree, Sara Lamedo

2 Cultural Stories - 
 Retell a cultural story, a folk tale or a myth that inspires you. Introduce us to a goddess or an ancestral being.
Depict a scene or a detail from a favourite story.
Winner: Jaquelline Gibson, WA - The Day the Parrot ate Mum’s Roses

Special Mention: Gay Epstein, Snowy Mountains, NSW - Straw into Gold
Sponsored by Leaping Lizards Gallery

3 Favourite Bedtime Yarn -  Remember being tucked up in bed and hearing or reading a story that transported you. The characters, the faraway places, the imaginary friends. Bring them back to life in your favourite beanie.
Winner: Debbie Taylor-Thomson, Darwin - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Special Mention: Mary Burns, Lithgow
Sponsored by Artwear Publications

4 Spirit of the Land - A beanie that captures the story and spirit of the land we live in
Winner: Christina Bahrdt, Atherton QLD - Lizzie Lizard Special Mention: Marlene Taylor, Titjikala - Untitled
Sponsored by Warren Snowdon

5 Natural Fibres Beanie - For a fabulous beanie made with love from natural fibres, incorporating a great idea and skill.
Winner: Elaine Collis, Vic - Garden Special Mention: Marie Schilling, Titjikala - Galahs
Sponsored by Stuart Caravan Park

6 The Eileen Bladon Tea - Cosy Prize Tea - Cosies are sister objects to the beanie
Winner: Fay Butt, UK - St George’s Dragon Special Mention: Helen Walters, Brisbane - Snuggle Pot
Sponsored by Brian Tucker Accounting

7 Ashfords prize for Best Hand-felted Beanie Including wet felting, needle felting or knit and felt techniques.
Winner: Renate Kirkpatrick, Mooloolaba QLD - Fossils and Limestone
Special Mention: Megan Farmer, Alice Springs - Cherry Blossom
Sponsored by Brian Tucker Accounting & Ashford

8 The Central Australian Prize for an outstanding piece of work made by a local Centralian artist
Winner: Nancy Hall, Alice Springs - Bunch Of Budgies Special Mention: Amanyi Haggie, Ernabella SA - Waru, Rock Wallaby
Sponsored by Damien Ryan

9 Festival Committee Acquisition Prize For wonderful and unusual work
Winner: Ruth Spence, Newcastle - Nostalgia- a Bed Time Story
Special Mention: Jeanne Llewellyn, UK - The Green Man
Sponsored by Brian Tucker Accounting

10 The Robbie Beard Handspun Prize Prize for a work made with yarn handspun by the artist.
Handspun Beanie Ernabella
Winner: Impiti Winton, Ernabella - Mukata
Special Mention: Tjariya Stanley, Ernabella - Mukata
Sponsored by MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

11 School Age Beanie Encouragement Prize For a school-aged beginner beanie maker.
Winner: Maggie Church -Kopp, Alice Springs - Bee- Nee

12 School Age Beanie Prize For a school-aged advanced beanie maker.
Winner: Geraldine Moneymoon, Titjikala - Lots of Honey Ants Looking for Water. 
Special Mention: Christine Foster & Francis Wallai, Titjikala - Wati & Nanju Out Hunting

13 People’s Prize The favourite beanie of 2012. Nancy Hall, A Bunch of Budgies
Two runners up: Ice Cream Headache, Debbie Peterson. Under the Chrystal Tree, Sara Lamedo

Alice Springs beanie festival

From the Judges
The array of beanies submitted for the competition delighted us in the judging process. We all felt honoured to have the opportunity to handle the gorgeous textiles. Thankyou to all those who submitted stories- it was wonderful hearing about family and country. We were drawn across the landscape, from the sea to the red heart of Australia. So many pieces made us laugh. We paraded in helmets and wore monsters. We loved the tiny details- knitted mice, exquisite embroidery, extraordinary beading, and gorgeous felting. There were not so many hand spun pieces this year, something we wondered at. However the pieces spun at Ernabella on the Pitjantjara spindle were beautiful.
There was wonderful work from the Indigenous communities around Alice Springs. The work from Tangentyere was a new development and we are expecting great things in the future. The competition is hotly contested. So many of the works were executed with a high level of skill and with strong concepts, both serious and humorous. Most were also wearable and we were impressed by the balance and weight of some of the larger pieces. Brilliant work beanie makers. It was extremely hard to choose. We loved all the work and so did the crowds who lined up patiently to see it on opening night.

Judges Lesley Eastwell, Merran Hughes, Barb Kurr, Brian Tucker
Gallery One, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs Cultural Precinct, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs

Open from Friday June 22- Sunday July 17, 2012