What got you into cosplay?
I like the aspect of design and fashion and putting it into costumes. The creativity and ingenuity of what one can create. I like crafting, making something, to see it alive before me. It's just cool.
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was a Bard with Sha'Ir Armor from Final Fantasy XI Online. Since I've been playing this game for yeeeaaarrss, this is one armor that looks good but cannot afford (in game). Since it was my first, I'd like to start with something simple yet nice lookin'. There are also two other costumes I have made at the same time with this for my husband and cousin.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My fav costume is the Castlevania, Julia Character. A lot of people liked it eventhough they don't know where it was from and I feel so girly (heh). I like dresses and I feel so regal wearing it. To sum it up, it's a pretty dress.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Right now, I would someday make a historical dress, either Victorian or Elizabethan.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
My first masquerade. Was strange yet memorable.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes. Other than getting judged for my work, I am starting to like the people I meet while waiting in the green room, talking shop, and performing infront of people.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Most of my masquerade performance were walk ons. The one I did with my husband at Anime North 2011, was something totally different as we did a choreographed fight on stage. I was glad we entertained people in the progress.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes. Most Elegant in Novice at Anime North2008; Most Striking Presentation Novice at Anime North 2009; Best in Class Workmanship Novice at Anime North 2009; Judge's Choice Workmanship Journeyman at Anime North 2010; Best in Show Stage Journeyman at Anime North 2011; Hall Cosplay Award FanExpo 2010; Best in Show Workmanship Journeyman at Anime North 2011; Best in Show Stage Artisan at Fan Expo 2011; Best in Show Workmanship Artisan at Fan Expo 2011; Best in Class Workmanship Artisan at Anime North 2012
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm married; working in a printing/design place; I'm a gamer, mostly rpgs, adventure, platformers, party games - Not a big player of FPS and fighting games.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I am starting to do commissions to close friends and relatives. I usually take 2 or 3 per year as I still like to learn and make my own costumes.
My favorite anime
Nana, Assatte no Houkou, Bleach, Sailor Moon, Daimos (this was in the 70s/80s), High School of the Dead, anything from Gibli
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy series, Castlevania series, Breath of Fire, Devil May Cry, God of War, Clock Tower series, Alice: Madness Returns, Fable II & III
My favorite book(s)
anything by David Eddings, Jude Devereux, Dragonlance series.
My favorite character(s)
Any guys that are hawt =P~
ie: Sephiroth (FFVII), Dante (DMC)
There are also strong female characters such as Elektra, Patience the Magdalena, Saeko Busujima (HOTD), Xena, Angela (Spawn).
My favorite movies(s)
There are a number of them, like 7 Samurai (the original one!), Interview with the Vampire, Zoolander, Both Bill and Ted Movies, Ghostbusters, Easter Parade, Shaun of the Dead
My favorite actors/actresses
Antonio Banderas, Toshihiro Mifune, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, a few more people in the black and white era but bleh their names escape my memory right now.