The Monsters was a community development project conducted in the lead-up to the 2013/14 Woodford Folk Festival. Children throughout the Sunshine Coast were asked to submit monster drawings from which three were selected to be made into monster-size, internally operated puppets.
I worked as the Head of Department for this project alongside giant puppet company kneeHIGH to coordinate a team of student interns and volunteers as they learnt the skills necessary to build and operate the puppets.
I also facilitated the continued involvement of the children who designed the monsters, supporting them to perform in front of 10 000 people in the festival's opening ceremony.
During the festival I managed the monster's daily performances, focusing on developing our team's skills, confidence and sense of initiative. As a result, the team reunited for 2014/15 Woodford Folk Festival with one of the students now at the helm, bringing the monsters back to the streets of Woodfordia as a firm favourite.
The original designs below: Bob by Angus (7yo), Softie by Hardsheep (10yo) and Spike by Alli (9yo).