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Sep 16 2015

Maker Faire PDX: Making it More Super!

“Hi! Do you want to become a superhero?”

“...YES!

“Well, come on in, and we’ll get you started!”

Maker Faire PDX was a blast this year, and I was so excited that Upswept Creative could be a part of it. I’d wandered around the event last year as an attendee and loved seeing all the amazing forms of making–prop fabrication, robotics, smithing and leatherworking, mechanical wonders, even cheesemaking! So, when I got together with the Alter Egos Society and had the idea to work with their fantastic costume accessories and a Superhero Photobooth, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

We got to spend our time at Maker Faire transforming people of all ages into superheroes, and creating photos that we turned into 4×6″ trading cards! Before we photographed them, each person created their own custom mask with the help of Alter Egos Society, and it was a lot of fun seeing the designs they came up with. The people who visited our photobooth were consistently enthusiastic, open, and ready to have fun, and it was incredibly energizing.

And really, who doesn’t want to help someone feel like a super-powered hero of the people? 😉

These are just a precious few of the fantastic folks who came by while we were at Maker Faire, and a few peeks at the process of planning and putting it all together. We have more highlights posted on Facebook–there’s just too much awesome to share them all here!

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Finding the perfect out-of-this-world backdrop.
Finding the perfect out-of-this-world backdrop.

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Designing a trading card border and test printing.
Designing a trading card border and test printing.

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Alter Egos Society spearheaded the custom mask making!
Alter Egos Society spearheaded the custom mask making!

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I wouldn't have made it through the weekend without a heroic photo booth assistant!
I wouldn’t have made it through the weekend without a heroic photo booth assistant!

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