What got you into cosplay?
I've always been a "dress-up" kid, from the time I was little and whipped up princess and adventure costumes from my costume chest. I guess I just never grew out of it. ^^
What was your first costume and why?
Super Sailormoon. I began work on the fuku, then discovered that creator Takeuchi Naoko would be at the SDCC '98, just the same time I was happening to be in California for a vacation. Fate just seemed to take over from there. It was a lovely time, and one of my happiest memories.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My new Jedi costume! I just recently got into Star Wars (yeah, I know, I'm only about 30 years too late), and having that costume is super fun!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Which of the 20 would you like to hear about? ^^
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I performed a shortened version of "Real Emotion" in the cosplay at Acen 2004 [OH MY GOD was that really ten years ago?], and had a fantastic time. I really was in it for the fun, at that point, performing for the sake of performing. ^^ It just shouldn't be legal to have that much fun.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes, when I can. ^^ I'm a performer at heart, and I love to be on stage!
What was your best masquerade experience?
The AX 2006 "Signing Bonus" is one of my favorite performances because we had such an awesome time doing the skit, and we got great laughs. ^^
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Tell us a little about yourself
In "real life" I live with my husband, Nick, and our rescued greyhound, Indiana, near Denver, Colorado. I teach kindergarten through 5th grade technology at a charter school and have had the pleasure of sharing my skills by assisting the theatre department with costumes for several performances. I also love playing Star Wars: The Old Republic and failing spectacularly at trivia. I read voraciously and occasionally even write.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I'm currently in the process of filming a documentary about cosplay called Juxtapose: A Cosplay Story! Check it out at juxtaposefilm.com!
My favorite anime
Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, Evangelion, Princess Tutu, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Rozen Maiden, Sailormoon...
My favorite game(s)
Pretty much anything Final Fantasy, although I'm partial to VI and IV. Also totally addicted to SWTOR!
My favorite book(s)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Catherine Valente), Howl's Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones), The Earthsea Cycle (Ursula K. LeGuin), Contact (Carl Sagan)
My favorite character(s)
September (The Fairyland books), Sophie (Howl's Moving Castle), Nausicaa (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind), Rosa (Final Fantasy IV), Terra (Final Fantasy VI)
My favorite movies(s)
Howl's Moving Castle, Pan's Labyrinth, Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, The Neverending Story