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Beanie makers at quirky best

By Patrick Nelson

A display of beanies in the youth category at the Beanie Festival in Alice Springs A display of beanies in the youth category at the Beanie Festival in Alice Springs

Charles Darwin University has congratulated two creative Central Australian artists on their winning entries at the record-breaking 19th annual Beanie Festival in Alice Springs.

Beanie Festival Committee Chair and CDU Student Counsellor Phil Walcott said beanie makers Heather Douglas, and a Papunya teenager named Harold, had won the categories sponsored by the university.

“The university is delighted to sponsor such a strong, innovative and community focussed event,” Mr Walcott said.

“We congratulate all entrants and winners in this year’s festival and especially note the efforts of category winners Heather and Harold.”

Heather, from Titjikala, won the Opposites Attract category with a black brimless flat top felt beanie, featuring white figures in relief.

“It was a special category created to reflect the Opposites Attract theme for this year’s festival,” Mr Walcott said.

“Entrants were asked to draw together unusual ideas, items, colours or facts, which Heather was able to do with a high degree of skill and creativity.”

Harold, 14, of Papunya, won the youth prize with “Our House”, a green felt beanie adorned with emu feathers.

Mr Walcott said early numbers indicated that the Festival would surpass last year’s records in terms of attendance, sales and number of beanies.

“The festival captures the unique character of Central Australian in all its quirky, creative and cultural brilliance,” he said.