What got you into cosplay?
All my life I have enjoyed role-playing as another person. As a young girl, My mom would laugh every halloween, because I would pick out my costume for the next year.
Once I was able to use a sewing machine, I started creating my own costumes.
For our first Akon in 2000, my sister and brother got costumes made while I decided to sew a blue and red school uniform together by hand. Ever since then, I have been creating costumes by hand and machine.
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was a Sailor Moon costume for a Halloween party in 1998. It was made with a white leotard with christmas bows, red tights for the boots, and yes...shiny blue tissue paper for the skirt. Still today I believe anything can be used to make costumes.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I really don't have a favorite costume. I enjoy making all of them! (I get yelled at sometimes for staying up late and sewing!)
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Not only would I love to continue to evolve Eternal Sailor moon costume, especially creating bigger, beautiful wings, but I would also like to create Princess Serenity from the manga.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I will never forget cosplaying as Kagome. It was so much fun especially since my sister went as Kikyo. (We would pose side by side, people made coments that we looked like twins!)
At Akon 14 on Saturday, my friends and I did the InuYasha versus the Fanboy skit. We made so many laugh and had so much fun creating and performing the skit!
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
Ariathi, Golden Fire Mage! It was interesting to perform conjuring spells to heavy metal music!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Spring / Summer 2004, 2nd place for NCSoft Lineage II Costume Contest (Chronicle 2) - Katarinia, Elven fighter in Mirthril Armor
Fall 2004, Honorable Mention for World of Warcraft costume contest- Mage
Spring / Summer 2005, Akon 16 Hall Costume Contest Winner-Hand Maid May
Winter 2008, Yulecon Best in Show and Original Character Fan Favorite - Ariathi
Tell us a little about yourself
I love to paint, sculpt, make AMVs, play consoles and CPU games, watch anime, and spend time with my husband (sometimes includes video gaming and anime watching)
My favorite anime
Ceres, Sailor Moon, Ranma 1/2, Evangelion, Fushigi Yuugi, Aishiteru ze Baby, Gakuen Alice, DearS, Rozen Maiden...the list continues