[Cosplay Interview] ‘Lowering the Bar with Beverly Downen of Downen Creative Studios

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This week’s edition of Lowering the Bar with Wulfgar is with Beverly Downen of Downen Creative Studios.

Beverly Downen of Downen Creative Studios is a maker and nerd from Portland, Oregon. She not only makes the costumes and props, she also wears them. She is details oriented and loves the experimentation that comes along with creation.

Her primary goal is to continually encourage artists to confidently acquire new maker skills. In addition to creating her own movie-quality costumes and props, she creates instructional video tutorials and full costume build write-ups to foster a positive and encouraging community of makers. Beverly is well known for her detailed and high-quality, screen-accurate builds. Most recently, she was commissioned by Marvel during the 3rd season of “Marvel Becoming” to create a replica of the Wasp costume from the blockbuster movie “Ant-Man and the Wasp“.

She has been published in The Cosplay Journal, Cos Culture Magazine, and is a contributing author for CosplayCentral.com, the German cosplay magazine Cohaku, and to-date has cowritten several tutorial articles with her husband in the last few years.

Her passion projects are all community focused; she has founded several maker/builder Facebook groups with the goal of fostering a positive and supportive environment for cosplayers and makers alike. In 2018 she founded SheProp!, a rapidly growing group created for female, non-binary and transgender prop makers and costumers. Beverly also hosts, produces and edits the ShePropTalk! Podcast, providing a platform for members of the SheProp! Community to share their unique design processes, techniques and experiences with the cosplay world. The SheProp Community has nearly 4000 members, and is growing!

About Lowering the Bar

Hosted every other Monday at 8pm EST by James Wulfgar (Wulfgar Weapons and Props) and Kofi Austin (Mojo Up). They talk to cosplayers, prop makers, and costume designers across the world via a live Q&A for anyone to ask questions. Whether we’re talking about a maker’s favorite tool or advice for their past self – it is a fun and informative interview show.

From cosplay to brewing, you never know what will be next. Catch their interviews live every second Monday at https://www.facebook.com/WulfgarWeapons

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