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How did you rst get involved with Mardi
I worked on a oat with some friends
in 1992, when the workshop was down at
Rushcutters Bay. Our oat construction was
pretty hopeless -- we made every mistake in the
book -- but I saw the workshop sta making some
big owers and thought to myself "Hmmm...I
reckon I could do that". en an opening came
up the next year, so I started as a casual workshop
artist in 1993, then became Workshop & Design
Manager in 1997 and worked there full time until
my last Mardi Gras season in 2002.
You spent many years working in the parade
workshop -- what are some favourite memories?
Making the huge Pauline Hanson puppet that my
friend and colleague Annie Wright sculpted and I
painted. en at Sleaze Ball that year, when John
Howard won the election, we blew it up for the
closing show. And there are so many more, there's
just not enough room here!
You've come back to the Mardi Gras fold this
year -- what inspired you to pick up tools to
head up the workshop once more? Did having
Ignatius Jones on board sway your decision?
Iggy is a huge part of my decision to come back
-- I worked with him as Design Director of
Ceremonies on the 2002 Gay Games and he is
utterly inspirational. My friend Katrina Marton
had a lot to do with it too -- we worked together
on many Mardi Gras seasons in the 90's and she
brought Igg y on board last year.
Can anyone get involved with the workshop?
Yes! We'd love you to come and make your oat
here, or come and volunteer your skills. If you can
paint, sculpt, build, design, or just love glitter, we
want you. Actually, even if you can't do any of
those things, we want you!
What is the most challenging aspect about
being involved behind the scenes on the
parade? Most ful lling?
Most challenging - trying to realise some big ideas
on some tiny budgets. Most ful lling -- being
involved with a great bunch of people to realise
those ideas, in the context of the greatest and
most political nightime parade in the world.
Volunteer to assist via mardigras.org.au
Mardi Gras workshop consultant Jane Becker gives us the low
down on working behind the scenes on the Parade...
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