What got you into cosplay?
After watching Magic Knight Rayearth (my first anime) I had the urge to make Hikaru's school uniform for Halloween. I didn't even know it was cosplay! But then I found out there were others like me... and it's all gone downhill from there.
What was your first costume and why?
Hikaru from MKR as it was cute and also plausible considering my talents at the time.
What is your favorite costume and why?
It's a toss-up between Terra from FFVI and my more recent costume of Karin from Shadow Hearts II. Both are well-made (although neither has been entered for crafstmanship judging), flattering, and fun to wear.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Juri Arisugawa from Shoujo Kakumei Utena. Just her school uniform, but very, very tailored. It would be a testament to darts everywhere.
I still have the supplies for a Caska costume from Berserk and plan to make it SOME DAY.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
All of my time rehearsing and sewing with Cirque du Cosplay over the years. We're all such good friends and I'd love working with them, even under horrific stress.
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
I probably had the most fun doing Lady_Ava's Space Channel Alchemist skit from Katsucon 2005.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Philly Classic 4 - Best Overall for Songstress Yuna
Otakon '03 - Amy's Judge's Award for Legend of Zelda group
Ursinus College Halloween Cosume Contest '03 - Best Group for Legend of Zelda
Katsucon '04 - Rosiel's Judge's Award for Malon
Katsucon '05 - Best Presentation Journeyman for Space Channel Alchemist (Winry)
Anime Next '05 - Best in Show for EGA performance
Anime Next '06 - Best in Show for Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Shadow Girl)
Anime Next '08 - Best in Show for Guilty Gear (May)
Tell us a little about yourself
I live at home but am moving to the DC area this fall for pastry school. I love cake, Ollie, and birdies. Probably in that order.
My favorite anime
Escaflowne, Rayearth, Hellsing (manga), Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Shamanic Princess, Chrno Crusade, Princess Mononoke, Fullmetal Alchemist, Berserk
My favorite game(s)
FFVI, Space Channel 5, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shadow Hearts, Mario Kart, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, Persona 3
My favorite book(s)
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates - Tom Robbins, Harry Potter series - JK Rowling, Count of Monte-Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
My favorite character(s)
Juri Arisugawa (Utena), Folken (Escaflowne), Hitomi (Escaflowne), Malon (LoZ: OoT), Lena (Shamanic Princess), Raziel (Soul Reaver), Ed (FMA), Hughes (FMA), Griffith (Berserk), Judeau (Berserk), Jin (Samurai Champloo)
My favorite movies(s)
That Thing You Do, Empire Records, Fight Club, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
My favorite actors/actresses
Ethan Embry, Lauren Graham