What got you into cosplay?
I'd done some ghetto-type cosplay in high school, but didn't want to spend the time to actually sew anything. I did a really lame Kiyone from Tenchi Universe (mom sewed the shirt) with a cheap wig; fortunately, no photos survive that. Back when I was still desperately trying to be a redhead, I borrowed a friend's hakama pants and shirt and was Battousai. Nothing too special.
What has gotten me into it now was attending my first convention; Anime Detour 2006. I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to keep up with it.
What was your first costume and why?
I don't include my two high school ones because I wasn't into it at that moment. My first is my initial, cheap costume satin version of Princess Venus from Sailor Moon One of my friends online wanted to get a group together for Anime Detour, and I figured I could actually make it out (from California!) if I got a flight voucher. Venus was the only one left on the list I thought I could pull off, so I signed up for her.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My La Reconquista Queen Beryl armor from the flashback scene. I have been on an armor kick in drawing for the past few years, and Queen Beryl is probably my favorite musical villain. When watching La Reconquista for the first time and Beryl comes on stage in armor, I immediately turned to my husband and said "I am making that." It was both a huge technical challenge (I did fiberglass armor), super flashy (that wig), and from one of my chief fandoms. My second favorite costume is probably my Madame Red, because it makes me feel super pretty. Her sense of style is pretty much my own, so while I am not a huge Kuro fan, I love how that costume makes me feel fabulous.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Eventually my hubby and I will finish the Count and Haydee costumes (Gankutsuou) we started. They've been on hold because life.
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
Fanime 2008 was probably what got me hooked. Look it up on YouTube, we are one of the first skits that show up (Minna no Nur Puppy). I was Miria, the high-pitched blonde in the red dress. Most of our university a anime club was obsessed with Baccano! at the time, and one of our number really wanted to do a dance skit. So we did. We practiced pretty long and hard for it, and it was great getting such a large group (12 of us!) super excited about something creative
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes. The big ones - best group performance, Fanime 2008 (Baccano! group), best group craftsmanship, Fanime 2010 (Sengoku Basara walkon), Best in Show, Otakon 2015 (above Queen Beryl costume)
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm married to my cosplay partner and have been since 2008. The cosplay partner thing more came as a result of the marriage. He sewed and had a lot of creative hobbies, but didn't start cosplaying until we were together. No kids, yet, but that may change in the near future. I am a structural engineer (technically licensed professional civil engineer with a structural focus, I don't have the "structural engineering" license yet). I do enjoy what I do, but it makes it hard for me to finish as many costumes as I did in college.