Spike, Bob & Softie

Spike, Bob and Softie crept out of the imaginations of Queensland schoolchildren and into the real world in 2013, and have been roaming between Woodford Folk Festival (WFF) and the streets and beaches of the Sunshine Coast ever since.

Working with schools in the Sunshine Coast, Woodford and Gold Coast area, the project invited students on a pictorial exploration of Monsters. From these original concepts by the children, three images were selected to be brought to life. Daniele’s development of the drawings into a design for fully three dimensional living creature and the construction process included frequent consultation with the three young artists, who were delighted and amazed to see their imaginings realised.

Under Daniele’s guidance, students from the Queensland University of Technology built the puppets and created their personalities through a series of development workshops and rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the festival.
The Monsters premiered in a roving show at the Surf Club in Mooloolaba on Nov 2013 and, led by their leashes by their young inventors, they performed in front of 15000 people at the WFF Opening Ceremony and with fellow monsters in the 2015 Fire Event. The Monsters roving shows have become a daily feature of WFF 2013, 2014 and 2015.