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.