Chaguaramas ~ Trinidad and Tobago
Carnivals are natural cradles for new design talents. The artist Peter Minshall personifies this kind of innovation. Born in 1941 in Georgetown, Guyana, he grew up in Trinidad, where as a designer of masquerades, or ‘mases’, he brought renewal to the visual vocabulary of Caribbean carnival throughout the world. He raised the look and theme of carnival to a level of artistic excellence. He shares his creativity with his colleagues in his ‘ideas factory’, the Callaloo Company which, besides the annual mas band, also produces theatre productions and performances.