What got you into cosplay?
I've always loved costumes, when I got into anime I discovered the art of Cosplay and fell in love with it.
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was an original character. She is from an online text-based role play my friend co-created, so my friend and I went as our characters.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Kisume (aka Bucket) There is nothing more awesome than having a bucket as part of your costume.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Kings Quest Group. No one will know who we are, but I will be super happy. And some Cardcaptor Sakura / Tsubasa costumes.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Masquerades, I love them so much. I'm a theatre student so I find it awesome to go backstage and sneak a peak at the equipment.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes I do! As I mentioned I am a theatre student so I love Masquerades. I've met some of my best cosplay friends through it and one day I think I would like to try my hand at running one.
What was your best masquerade experience?
I will always remember my first time in 2005 with Mameoyashi, The Odin Sphere group 2008, and I just had another good Masquerade with Angathol. I don't like solo experiences as much.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes, 2005 - best Armor (Mameoyashi had the AWESOME armor!)
2008- Best in Show and Best Master Craftsmanship for Odin Sphere group. I did Alice, everyone else had the awesome costumes.
2009- Best Detailing in Journeyman division. Suzaku from a Clamp artwork for Code Geass
Tell us a little about yourself
I am currently in University, switched from Fashion to Theater Production. My hobby is sewing, been doing it since I was about 7 years old.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
My name Merino come from a type of sheep. Weaving, spinning, and other wooly things are very important to my family. More about the Marino from wiki: The Merino is an economically influential breed of sheep prized for its wool. Merinos are regarded as having some of the finest and softest wool of any sheep.
My favorite anime
Beck, Fullmetal Alchemist
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy IX, .hack//G.U., Loco Roco, RO, Odin Sphere, Fat Princess
My favorite book(s)
Howl's Moving Castle, Danny the Champion of the World, Memoirs of a Geisha
My favorite movies(s)
X-Men, Lord of the Rings, Pan's Labyrinth, Across the Universe