How the Scarecrows in Motion are Made
|We have been making our Strawy Family Scarecrows in Motion displays for the Kurrajong Scarecrow Festival for many years now. Year by year the displays became bigger and better as we found new ways to expand and improve the displays. We added music and animated the scarecrows to bring the displays to life.
Finding a Theme
The hardest part of making a Strawy Family scarecrow display is finding a workable theme.
Researching the History
Once a theme is chosen, the intensive research phase begins. The history behind the song or poem is studied so that we can create a setting characteristic of the time. And we research the original appearance of each character, and the shape of each animal, so that our scarecrows can represent them authentically.
Searching for Suitable Materials
Having chosen how we would like each scarecrow to look, the next challenge is to create this appearance from various handicraft materials. All the Strawy Family scarecrows are individually covered with clothing, fabric, felt and synthetic fur. The scarecrows have extra strong jointed frames made from new timber so that they can move freely. Much time is spent experimenting with the animations to make the scarecrows look as real as possible.
Presenting the Displays
At last all the scarecrows are complete, the music is recorded and the animations of the scarecrows are rehearsed. We pack the scarecrows into a removalist truck and take them to the Festival. We take great pleasure in presenting the displays to the crowds and seeing the reactions of the passers by to our animated Strawy Family of scarecrows.
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