Meet the team

Eye of Newt are Mel Daniels, Rowan Taylor and Sandra McCracken.

Mel Daniels  is a skilled freelance performer, consultant and creator. She has performed regularly with Global Grooves and Plunge Boom in a range of festival settings. Mel has also acted as an education consultant for Plunge Boom and is experienced in creating a range of schools workshops. 


Rowan Taylor  is an artist and maker with a particular interest and experience in carnival and is currently an associate artist with Global Grooves, Handmade Parade and Cabasa Carnival Arts. She has designed work for Chester Zoo - The Lanterns. Rowan has also designed and produced work for parades and walkabouts at Bluedot Festival, Cotton Clouds and Kendal Calling.  


Sandra McCracken  is an established artist and educator,  predominantly working with Handmade Parade and Plunge Boom. She has created parade art with Walk the Plank for Manchester Day Parade and interactive work with  509 Arts.  Sandra has participated in Festival of Thrift, Hull Freedom Festival,  Bluedot,  Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and Just So Festival, amongst others.  Sandra was also a lead artist and project manager on Handmade Parade’s “We are Here” 2020 international film-making project.