MakerCon Judges 2017

These are the MakerCon Costume Contest Judges for 2017 Pueblo Mini Maker Faire



Alaina Shearer

Alaina Shearer is a sophomore at Swallows Charter Academy where she serves on Student Council and is in Art Club. She’s been a 4-H member for six years and enjoyed developing her creativity in the cake decorating, leathercraft, clothing construction and artistic clothing projects. Alaina has excelled in 4-H at the county, state and national levels. She’s held several leadership positions in her 4-H club. At the age of 15, she began her own alterations business and loves fashion design. Alaina enjoys reading, volunteering, Doctor Who, loves performing on stage and has been cast in several school and community musicals. In 2016, she competed in the Pueblo Library IDEA Con’s Costume Contest cosplaying Poison Ivy and winning Judge’s Choice Award. This year she had a great time judging IDEA Con’s Costume Contest and is very excited to judge Pueblo’s 1st Mini Maker’s Faire Costume Contest!



Jennifer Kjerstad

Jennifer Kjerstad began cosplaying as a child with the help of her mom making everything from Disney princesses to power rangers to animals. She began sewing herself at age 12 with ballet costumes and continued on until her first con in 2013. She has been awarded Best Craftmanship DCC’15, and Best Costume Ft Collins CC ’16. Her cosplay spans from Doctor Who to Final Fantasy to League of Legends.

My interest in costuming began when I was around 9 years old. My family couldn’t afford much, but my father was creative! Dand and I worked together and camp up with some awesome Halloween costumes like the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Hulk. the Hunchback costume won me my first prize at a mall contest and then I was hooked 🙂 Real life put the costumes on hold for a while, but I resumed costume building in my late teens. For the past 20 years, I have seen cosplay grow from a “fringe” to mainstream. My recent costumes include: Immortan joe from Mad Max, Thor and this year will be The Punisher. I am proud to have been asked to be a judge for this.