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Cosplayer Interviews-CosplayKitten

Today,Heidi,cosplay name CosplayKitten joins in our cosplay interviews, share her real cosplay story, thanks Heidi :)

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1. Hi Heidi,thanks to join in our interviews,so please introduce you first.
Hello there! My name is Heidi, but a lot of people know me as Cosplay Kitten. I’ve been cosplaying at conventions since 2000, but actually made costumes long before I even knew what cosplay was! I’m originally from the Chicago area in Illinois, and I’ve lived in several major cities in the U.S. such as Los Angeles, Sacramento, and currently, Denver. I’m a pretty laid back person, and when I’m not sewing costumes, I’m usually focusing on my graphic design career, hiking in the wilderness, playing with my kitties, or playing video games. Thank you for the interview, it’s an honor to be featured on your website! ^_^

2. Your cosplay have been featured in many videos and anime magazines , so how did you get started in with cosplay, what was your first cosplay?

My grandmother taught me to sew when I was very young – I think I was only ten years old when I was making my own clothing and costumes! I had a Nintendo, and was addicted to role playing games…my favorites at the time were the Final Fantasy series, and I adored the White Mage. So my very first costume was a White Mage from Final Fantasy, sewn out of a white bed sheet and decorated with a red sharpie marker, lol.

Years later, I was still making costumes, but had gotten a lot better at it! I’d made friends with other costumers through the internet and my circle of friends, and in 2000 a bunch of us went to Anime Central as Final Fantasy characters – and Aeris Gainsborough from Final Fantasy 7 became my first “real” costume worn at a convention. I’ve since redone that costume twice, as I’m my own worst critic and the 2000 version of my Aeris was quite…interesting, lol. I didn’t even know anything about makeup or hairstyling or prop making then, and it really goes to show that practice does make perfect.

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3. What has been your favourite cosplay?

I get asked this question all the time, and I honestly can’t give a straight answer! The reason is, I put a lot of time and love into each and every costume I make, and they all have a special place in my heart and their own wonderful memories. Each one is like an old book you just love to reread – I never get tired of any of them!

I guess if I had to pick the ones that mean the most to me, it would be because they’re based off my very favorite videogame or anime characters and because I’ve had so much fun in the costumes. The top three would be Katt from Breath of Fire 2, Blair from Soul Eater, and Aeris from Final Fantasy 7.

4. Describe your creative process for starting a costume through completion!

Once I decide I want to make a certain costume, I make out a list of all the parts I need for it, and all the supplies I’ll need to buy. I save as many reference images as possible, as accuracy is very important to me, and sometimes bounce a few ideas off of friends to get opinions on how things might work or look.

After I’ve got my supplies and ideas, I start making things! I’ll also sometimes sketch things out, to help envision my ideas. As I’m making things, I do a lot of mock-ups, tailoring, and fitting, which often has me running around the house in bits of costume parts, lol. But I need to make sure those boot covers will stay up, or that headpiece will fit through doorways! I try on clothing parts a lot – a good fit is very important to me and can make or break a costume, in my opinion. I’ll also sometimes multi-task by working on two costumes at once; sometimes I just need a break if I’m doing something difficult or tedious on one, and it’s nice to move onto something fresh and new until I’m ready to go back and tackle the first costume.

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As much as I love the creation phase of cosplay, the best moment is when everything comes together and I try on that new costume, with all the pieces and the wig, for the first time. It’s very rewarding to see all the little pieces of a whole come together and bring your favorite character or design to life! It really makes all those pin-pricked fingers and hot glue burns worth it. ^_-

5. What is the biggest learning curve you have learned about the hobby in the past years?

I’d have to say it’s pattern making. I’ve always had extremely strong sewing skills, and have been able to work with wigs and props, but when I first started making costumes, finding and altering patterns was such a challenge! A lot of costumes have designs you just can’t match with store bought patterns, so everything has to be altered or made from scratch.

The more I started altering and making my own patterns, the better I’ve gotten at it. Some of the early ones I made were not so great, but everyone has to start somewhere, and now I know most basic pattern shapes from memory and just draft stuff right up with muslin. Some people get frustrated with something new and difficult, but if they keep at it, they can master it with time and practice!

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6. You also love painting, drawing and write stories,you must get many cosplay ideas fro them, so any interesting wanna share.

Actually most of my costume ideas come from my favorite games, comics, or shows. I’m just a really creative person who likes to branch out into all sources of expression! Being able to draw and paint does definitely help when I’m sketching out costume plans or an original design though, and it comes in handy when I have to do any kind of painted designs or intricate details on a costume or prop.

7. Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?

Don’t let yourself be discouraged if you don’t think you’re good enough or can’t figure out how to make something – everyone has to start somewhere! No matter how skilled someone is, they too have suffered hot glue gun burns and backwards seams at some point in their years of costuming. With practice and patience, I believe a person can accomplish anything.

And most importantly, don’t ever forget to have fun! A lot of people often get caught up in the stress of competing in costume competitions, or get upset because they can’t get a costume done in time or done the way they want it. Still others fall victim to cosplay drama. If I could give one piece of advice to anyone who cosplays or is interested in getting into the hobby, it would be this: cosplay is all about having fun; don’t ever lose sight of that or forget how to smile, laugh, and enjoy yourself!

8. Lastly, what is your con schedule looking like through 2013?

I’ll be attending Anomaly Con, Starfest, Costume Con, Fanime, Denver Comic Con, and Dragon Con this year.

You can see more of my work at:
www.CosplayKitten.com
Facebook.com/CosplayKitten
Twitter.com/CosplayKitten
www.etsy.com/shop/cosplaykitten

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Daily Cosplay-Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumia

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Cosplay from Takada-Rem . 3 ladies, always love…. :)

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Daily Cosplay-Tenchi Muyo! Good Little Ryo-Ohki

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Cosplay from SethImmortal. It’s long long time ago when I read Tenchi Muyo , miss it much and happy to see this seth’s cosplay,amazing!

 

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Happy Women’s Day:Save additional 10% on 8th March

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Hi, Cosplay girls, Miccostumes.com provide additional 10% discount for all customers who send tweet to @miccostumes on 8th.March,

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Happy Women’s Day~~

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Daily Cosplay-Utenastuck: Rose Bride Feferi + Prince Dios Eridan

utenastuck__rose_bride_feferi___prince_dios_eridan_by_blackrosemikage-d5x9h5bCosplay from BlackRoseMikage , nice makeup and cute accessories :)

 

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If you dont have a cosplay girlfriend, you should have this

A Japanese anime nerd has make his own “Sexy” anime pillows in life.I hope miccostumes.com can find the supplier for this pillows in the near future.So If you dont have a cosplay girl friend, you should have this anime pillow,right? :)

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Daily Cosplay-Diablo 3 Wizard Cosplay

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Yes, this is true, this fabulous Diablo 3 Wizard Cosplay from SakuraFlamme , I cant add more great words :)

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Daily Cosplay-Grace 2

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Cosplay from Huxxxley , amazing armor , nice work!

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Cosplayer Interviews-Wind of the Stars

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1. Hi Mel,thanks to join in our interviews,so please introduce you first.

Thank you for having me! I’m Mel, or as some of you might know me by WindoftheStars. I’ve been cosplaying since 2004, and truly love this creative art form. Some of my favorite types of costume to make come from video games and from my own design. In the little free time outside of work and costuming, I love to swim, play video games or watch movies with my dog.

2. I noticed you’ve made many amazing cosplay and really hot in many cosplay social network, so how did you get started in with cosplay, what was your first cosplay?

I was always really into costumes since I was a kid. When I was a little girl, my mom and I would work together to make rather elaborate Halloween costumes for me. In fact I dressed up as Sailor Moon for two years in row. I remember using a Christmas bows and my old cheerleading skirt for the costume! It wasn’t until I got into college that I really found out about cosplay and conventions. Wanting to make new friends and find out about more anime, so I joined the anime club on campus. They had an annual event in which they encouraged members and attendees to cosplay. This idea just sounded like so much fun that I had my mom help me with my costume and I dressed up as Cassandra Alexandra from Soul Calibur II. It was so much fun, that I started looking into cosplay more online. That’s when I found about anime conventions, and well, the rest is history.

3. What has been your favourite cosplay?

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This question is always a tough one for me to answer. There have been several costumes that I would consider my favorites for one reason or another. My top 4 in no particular order are Eternal Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon, Lina Inverse from Slayers Next, Lilith from Borderlands, and Cassandra Alexandra (3p) from Soul Calibur II.

4. Describe your creative process for starting a costume through completion.I see your shop in etsy.com, so I think you can promote it to our readers as well.

I first start off by doing a lot of research. I look up reference images, different techniques I might use in the project, figure out what patterns I might need to use, and I might even look at other costumes just to see if I can get any inspiration. Then I start the planning and brainstorming phase. I make a game plan on how I want to tackle each part of the costume and what materials I will want to use. If I don’t already have a specific way in mind I’ll sit down and brain storm ways to solve the problem. Sometimes if I’m really stuck or unsure of something will work, I’ll run it by my friends to see what their input is on it. Even if you don’t take their suggestions, it might help spark an idea in you that you never thought of. From there I start gathering supplies. Since this is the expensive part of the costume I try to spread it over a few weeks, if not months, so the financial burden is a little easier to bear. Once supplies are gathered, I’ll start crafting. Working little bits here and there. I usually try to have a few things going on at once so if I get stuck (sewing or mentally!) I can take a break and focus on something else. If something isn’t working out, the best thing to do is to put it down and walk away for bit. Even just sleeping on it will make the world of difference if you are struggling on something. Slowly, the costume takes shape and it’s done. At the con and/or photo shoot is when the magic happens. The first time you get to put on the whole costume with full make-up and hair, and getting to see all your hard work come to fruition, it’s extremely gratifying. Yes I do run an Etsy shop. I sell a variety of cosplay accessories for Sailor Moon, Avatar the Last Airbender, Devil May Cry, and Final Fantasy XIII costumes. I offer some basic larger resin shapes like hearts and rounds that can be used for a variety of different costumes. I also have prints of my costumes for anyone that’s interested in those as well. You can find all of this at Windofthestars.etsy.com

5. What is the biggest learning curve you have learned about the hobby in the past years?

Most definitely sewing. When I started cosplaying, I didn’t even know how to use a sewing machine. My mother showed me how to use the machine, but that was about it. The rest of the stuff I know, was mostly learned through self teaching. I learned a lot from reading tutorials online and most important, my mistakes! I’ve been extremely lucky to have gotten a job as a professional tailor a few years ago and I have learned so much more than I could have ever learned on my own.

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6. Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?

Make sure to have fun! It doesn’t matter what your costume looks like as long as you enjoy the time you spend in it. The memories you create with your friends while cosplaying will be the things you hold onto more so than stressing about if your costume was 100% accurate. Take things one stitch and brush stroke at a time. Learn from you mistakes, because they are the best tools for learning.

7. Lastly, what is your con schedule looking like through 2013?

I’ll be attending Fanime con in San Jose, CA and Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA. I will have an artist alley table selling costume accessories and prints at Kintoki Con in Sacramento, CA.

Places you can find me at:

  • Windofthestars.com
  • Facebook.com/windofthestarscosplay
  • Windofthestars.etsy.com
  • Twitter.com/windofthestars

 

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Daily Cosplay-the China and her Contractor

 

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