Halloween – Fall Harvest Festival 2013

by Jamie Bennett

So Halloween, 2014, for any number of days, over a two week time span I paper mached a giant monster head and arms for a popup tent trailer. I mixed equal parts flour and water and this is the largest paper mache (thing) that I have personally completed to date... out of paper mache. I used all my seventh grade chicken wire training and assembled this beast.


The monster is a Rockwood Tent Trailer by Forest River. I believe it was 19 feet long, which is short as these models go. The monster's bones are paper wads and chicken wire, sealed in a gesso mesh of paper mache. I used gesso and a Rustoleum spray paint to seal the thing against the elements. I made teeth with bunting and the tongue is  red astroturf. It had a uvula. I balasted with sand and bungees. I was exhausted when this was done, my hands hurt but it was an epic photo op for the guests of the Northwest Adventure Rally. 


... My family went as Pandas for Halloween.


In addition to the monster I painted these cutouts. People love cutouts. As a kid I thought similar photo ops were just about the funniest things, whenever I attended fairs and/or events. I would often repeat cutouts (for years even) – switching partners and places. Here is my wife and I. She is my inspiration. 

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to the right is my daughter. She isn't as fond of cutouts as I was at her age... Different strokes...

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BMW Wrap Winner

by Jamie Bennett
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So Anne Cunningham and Jamie Bennett won third prize in a Portland wrap design competition (2013). We can only talk about it now. Jamie was told about the competition and hatched a scheme to get some money / had a good idea. Anne Cunningham shot the photos with a microscopic lens and in all honesty we should probably post those images because they were great.


Below are some image of Jamie holding the winnings. Where is Anne? I don’t know.

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Roughly 70 people entered from as far away as Africa and we won third. I knew we would. We are happy to donated the money to Kiddos. I hope that we win again next year.

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Below are first and second winners (actually were wrapped). I wish we got wrapped but the money was just fine.

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Safety Trained

by Jamie Bennett
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I was trained to operate a work platform. You don’t have to tell me that falling off one of these is a bad idea but in order to stay safe there is a lot to consider.

I used the work platform to install some vinyl decals over a blacked out sign. It is a temporary sign just for the remodel (10x10).

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It was really crazy doing such a large sign in such a small space. It was also crazy working so high up in the air. This was the craziest variation on a decal installation that I could have ever imagined. It was incredibly fun and a great way to spend the afternoon.

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Harlem Shake 2

by Jamie Bennett




Here are some photos from the shoot:

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Harlem Shake

by Jamie Bennett




A customer said this was the most unprofessional thing that they had ever seen. I guess you never know until you try. 8)

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