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The 2017 Coldwater Steampunk Festival featured artist this year is Adam Dagenais. SUBMITTED

The 2017 Coldwater Steampunk Festival featured artist this year is Adam Dagenais. SUBMITTED

The 2017 Coldwater Steampunk Festival featured artist this year is Adam Dagenais.

Each year, the festival features a local artist who has gone beyond the call of duty to support the event in both enthusiasm and in-kind artistic sponsorship. Dagenais is the owner of Effigy Design and the mastermind, creator and fearless leader of the Effigy Team. Effigy Design is an award-winning, full-service graphic design studio specializing in custom personal, corporate design and branding.

Born and raised in Orillia, Dagenais always showed a keen interest in art. Throughout high school, he thrived in art, drama and yearbook. Dagenais attended the art fundamentals program at Georgian College, then went on to complete a three-year graphic design program at Seneca College through York University.

"Soon after, I travelled to Melbourne, Australia, where I landed a job as photo re-toucher at a high-end photography studio," said Dagenais.

"After a year of travelling, I returned to my hometown of Orillia and opened Effigy Design."

With a background firmly rooted in art, Dagenais draws a lot of his inspiration from comic books, video games and cartoons. Like a big child trapped in a man's body, Dagenais is constantly bombarding his design group with important questions like, "Is a large group of zombies a herd or a hoard?"

"I draw most of my inspiration from the decade I was born in - the '80s," said Dagenais. "Video games, comics, music and lots of movies."

Dagenais credits these films and cartoons from his youth as the pillars of his creativity.

"Growing up with cartoons like The Real Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, along with movies like Monster Squad, The Goonies and Back to the Future, has allowed me a lot of subject matter to inspire me and keep the creative juices flowing."

Although Dagenais keeps it fun at the office, when it comes down to business, he takes a professional approach and ensures deadlines are met, clients are satisfied and the beer fridge is stocked.

"Shortly before starting Effigy in the summer of 2009, I met my wife, Brittany," said Dagenais. "We purchased our first home in Orillia and were married in 2013."

On May 2, the couple welcomed their first child, Arlo Danger Dagenais.

"Brittany has shown nothing but support of my crazy entrepreneurial endeavour," said Dagenais.

In the summer of 2015, Brittany joined the Effigy Team full-time.

This year, the Coldwater Steampunk Festival will take place Aug. 12. Attend the event and you will find Dagenais on the corner of Mill Street, selling commemorative Steampunk Festival T-shirts, with his Canada 150 design (while supplies last) and demonstrating 3D printing.



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