for the Millennium’ became ‘The Digital Mask-erade’.
This began with a partnership between Carnival artist Maureen Pepper
and Fiona Hawthorne. The pair worked on constructing a way in which
children could wear art they had created digitally.
Maureen first designed a prototype ‘standard’ and a ‘headpiece’.
These worked so well that they became our first templates. It was
easy to make costumes, each of which used a child’s
digital mask as the central artwork.
Even though this initial artwork was only printed on
A4 paper, then laminated using the school laminator, once the pieces
around them, they looked fantastic!
Carnival 1998, Fox children were able to wear art they had made
themselves - and we started thinking about the potential of digital
Liz Walker is one of the parents who truly helped initiate this Carnival
Liz handled our entire behind-the-scenes organisation. She got
delegated supervisors for different responsibilities and
thought out all the various safety issues.
The rationale of Fox Carnival Band evolved from this event, into our
present aim of providing a child-centred, child-friendly experience
of Carnival, with
children’s art as its focus.