What got you into cosplay?
I had a bunch of friends who were into anime and video games and got me into it. We'd go out for Halloween or just random events in cosplay.
What was your first costume and why?
Hm, it depends. When I was little I dressed as Sailor Moon for a few things, but I didn't know what cosplay was then. I just loved the show and had the hair.
After I had learned what cosplay was I went to a costume party as Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings. I've had long blond hair for most of my life, and after I got into LotR people started calling me Galadriel. It was a book themed party, and I liked Galadriel's character better then the other suggestion of Rapunzel(also one of my nicknames).
My first convention costume was an ordinal character of mine, a pirate captain. A friend still had a spot open in her car and offered it to me. It was sort of last minute so I didn't have time to do anything really fancy, but I managed to get an outfit together that looked like my OC's.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I'd say it's a tie between Galadriel and Sheena from Tales of Symphonia.
I loved the dress for Galadriel and was proud of the headdress I made for it.
I made my own pattern for most of my Sheena costume, so a lot of work went into it. There's a few things I would tweak if I wore it again, but for the most part I'm really happy with how well it turned out.(Sadly there were a series of camera mishaps that mean I don't really have any photo's of it). The hair was a bit of a challenge because I had to pin it up to make my hair look shorter, and I used coloured gel dye, but it looked pretty good. I also just love her character.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I would like to both make a true form Midna costume and Caterina Sforza from Trinity Blood.
I love Midna and her outfit is awesome. Plus since she has a hood, so even if I use a wig rather than dying you won't be able to see any weird bumps from my hair being pinned up. It would be a lot of work to make her cloak though, and I would either need to find body dye or a body suit that matched her skin colour.
Caterina is just plain awesome and her outfit is beautiful. I get a lot of my material second hand though, since fabric prices are ridiculous around here, and get enough decent fabric for it might be tough. I might have to bit the bullet and at least by the red fabric new, since there's so much and I'd need a certain weight.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
The year I went to Anime North as Sheena I acciently got separated from my group. While trying to find them I stumbled onto the end of a Tales of photo shoot. There were a few other Sheena's there as well, but a lot of them were rather skinny and not all that curvy. When I showed up a Zelos cosplayer ran up and hugged me, before dragging me into a photo while declaring " finally, I have a VOLUPTUOUS hunny to pose with". I couldn't stop blushing for about an hour after wards.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
My Galadriel costume won best costume and my Sheena cosplay made it into a best Tales of cosplay of the year list. I couldn't believe it when I first found out.
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm university student, so my costume budget is pretty much zero, but I'm a expert second hand shopper and can easily find what I need to make my costume. My Galadriel outfit was made of two sets of curtains I found in our attic that we had no other use for. I've been sewing for years now, both by hand and with machine.
I love designing and making costumes, both from series and my original designs. I've made costumes for both myself and friends as well as for a large number of cast in school production.
I love reading, art, music and writing, which is what most of my spare time goes into.
My favorite anime
Trinity Blood, Witch Hunter Robin, Black Cat, Rurouni Kenshin, Full Metal Alchemist
My favorite game(s)
Tales of Symphonia, Tales of the Abyss, The Legend of Zelda, Legend of Dragoon, Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, Final Fantasy, Soul Caliber, Kingdom Hearts, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross
My favorite book(s)
Lord of the Rings, +Anima, D-Grayman Trinity Blood, Nightmare Inspecter, Green Rider, to name a few (I have many)
My favorite character(s)
Get ready for a long list...
LotR: Galadriel, Legolas, Aragorn, Gimli, etc.
+Anima: Cooro, Nana, Senri and Husky
Trinity Blood: Abel, Caterina, Seth, Asta, Tres, Leon, Hugh, Ion, Ester
D-Grayman: Allen, Lavi, Komui, Kanda, Reever, Miranda, Arystar, General Cross
Legend of Zelda: Link (OoT): Impa, Saria, Mallon, Noburu (MM): Skullkid, Anju, Kafei, the Deku Princess, Romani (WW): Tetra and her crew, Medly, Quill, the Rito tribe in general, Aryel, Orca, Makar (MC) Elzo, Vaati(TP) Midna, Rusl, Collin, Shad,Ashei, Telma, Louise, Renado, Luda, Agatha, Ralis
Chrono Trigger/Cross: Frog/Glenn, Lucca, Magus, Ayla, (Cross): Kid, Lucia, Harle, Guile, Steena, Glenn, Karsh, Dario, General Viper, Van, Norris
Tales of: (Symphonia) Sheena, Lloyd, Genis, Raine, Regal, Zelos, Presea, Kratos, Yuan, Botta, Tabatha, Mithos (Abyss): Luke, Tear, Guy, Asch, Jade, Dist, Ion, Anise, Mew
My favorite movies(s)
Nausiccaa, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Dust, Back to the Future, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Lady Hawk
My favorite actors/actresses
Voice Actors: Crispin Freeman, Vic Mignogna, Sonny Stait, Quinton Flynn
Orlando Bloom, Kate Blanchet, Vigo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Johnny Depp, Geoffry Rush