2008 Alice Springs Beanie Festival

See the following with wonderful photos of past winners at Beanie Fest:

“In the vast Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands of Australia’s Central Desert the traditional people (Anangu) have been making and wearing beanies for all of time. Traditionally in Pitjantjatjara and Luritja languages, beanies are called ‘mukata’. If you venture further south-west, then the language is Yankunytjatjara, where they call them ‘muna’. The Walpari people of the Tanami Desert, north-west of Alice Springs call beanies ‘mukati’. All languages are dynamic and these days lots of people in the centre just call beanies mukata.
“This year we celebrate mukata made from emu feathers, seeds and yarns spun in the old way that embody the Central Desert. They remind us you can tell people’s address by their head-dress – whether it’s a chullo from Peru, a fez from Morocco, a beret from France or a ushanka from Russia.
What’s your head-dress? We invite beanieologists everywhere to join us by making beanies with your own traditional twist.”


2008 Competition Categories

  1. The Green Beanie: Use low impact materials such as natural fibres, dyes and recycled materials
  2. The Folk Beanie: references cultural traditions and costume
  3. Spirit of the Land: explores the ranges, bush, sea, desert
  4. Monsters and Magic: Take us to the dark or the light!
  5. The Double Take: A fun beanie that doubles as a puppet, toy or musical instrument
  6. Best Animal Beanie: Animals, birds, reptiles, insects and strange invertebrates all welcome
  7. The Eileen Bladon Tea Cosy Prize: Tea cosies are sister objects to the beanie
  8. Best Hand-felted Beanie: Including wet felting, needle felting or knit and felt techniques
  9. The Central Australian: Prize for an outstanding local piece of work
  10. Festival Committee Acquisition Prize: For a wonderful and unusual work
  11. The Robbie Beard Handspun Prize: Prize for a work made with yarn handspun by the artist
  12. New Wave Beanie Encouragement Prize: For a school-aged, beginner beanie maker
  13. New Wave Beanie Prize: For a school-aged, advanced beanie maker
  14. People’s Choice: The favourite beanie of 2008 to be awarded after the festival weekend

Entries must be received by June 6, 2008. More info and entry forms will be available on the website soon.
Or contact Jo Nixon to be added to the competition mail out list at email: beanies@octanet.com.au, or mail: Alice Springs Beanie Festival, 7 Gall St, Alice Springs NT 0870.
Competition entries will be exhibited in the Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs Cultural Precinct, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, 28 June to 31 August 2008

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