art had worked fantastically well at our first-ever Carnival; it
was bright, colourful and expressive. Plus, every child
full-colour art very quickly, without any mess
from real-world art supplies to clean afterwards.
But we felt that the children's art would be even more spectacular
if it could be viewed in a larger size. So we decided to
pursue printing on fabric, which would also be lightweight
and less problematic to carry.
For the Carnival of 2000, Fiona Hawthorne worked with Fox children
to create 'Digital Cityscape'. Each child's digital drawing
of a building was printed on fabric in a larger size. Carnival artist
Maureen Pepper helped
problem of mounting these pieces, by creating bases
anchored in backpacks.
This was familiar and comfortable for
the children to wear; our digital city became a vibrant, dancing metropolis!
backpacks had to be fitted individually, and they were troublesome
to slip out of if a child needed rest. So we began to explore other
Eventually we realised
that the easiest thing was for children to carry their art rather than
wear it. This way, a child can
pass his or
else, or the pieces can be temporarily put it on or
off of the lorry with ease.
This change has made our time on the road even
better and Fox continues
to come up with new ideas, such as poles, banners and standards
to carry our colours.