What got you into cosplay?
My very first convention was Anime Central 2002. To be honest, I didn't know what cosplaying was until then. When I saw everyone dressed up as cool characters and having so much fun, I decided that I had to do it too.
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was Kagome from Inuyasha - it was for a Halloween dance and I wanted to do something different. It was also the easiest thing I could think of at the time. :)
What is your favorite costume and why?
I really love them all. Each one showcases just how far my sewing skills have come. My High Priestess costume was the first one I made from "scratch," so it holds special significance for me. Atoli was my first fairly detailed costume and required a lot of creativity in construction. Aura was a simple costume, but one of the most accurate ones I have done so far. I really can't say I have a favorite costume anymore lol.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Shiva, Summoner Yuna, any of the Valkyries from Valkyrie Profile.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
There are way too many to list. I love meeting up with people and taking silly pictures.
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
Any masquerade in which fellow MACS members are present.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Best Novice at Geek.Kon 2009 for Kannabi no Mikoto, Hall Costume Award at CostumeCon 28 for Aura, Best in Journeyman at Archon 2011 for Momohime, 2nd place Master at No Brand Con 2012 for Elizabeth Middleford in Mourning; Best Workmanship at Convergence 2012 for Merry Brandybuck; Best in Show - Workmanship at Archon 2012 for Elizabethan court gown; Judge's Choice at Kitsune Kon 2013 for Princess Ovelia; Best in Show - Workmanship for Kingdom of Jin group (Wang Yuanji) at Costume Con 31; Honorable Mention - Performance and Honorable Mention - Workmanship for Completeness of Concept for Elizabethan Court Gown at Costume Con 31; Best Master for Sister Queens (Juana la Loca) at Geek.Kon 2013; Best Historical Reproduction for Sister Queens (Juana la Loca) at Archon 2013; Judge's Choice for Accuracy at Anime Apocalypse 2013.
Tell us a little about yourself
I used to be a teacher, but now I work in a pharmaceutical company. I am a member of MACS, and we are a chapter of the ICG.
My favorite anime
Juuni Kokki, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles
My favorite game(s)
.hack//GU, .hack//INFECTION, MUTATION, OUTBREAK, QUARANTINE, Kingdom Hearts I & II, Ragnarok Online, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, pretty much all of the Final Fantasy games, The Ys series, The Legend of Heros: Trails in the Sky, Chrono Cross
My favorite book(s)
Harry Potter Series, Inheritance Trilogy, Kuroshitsuji manga