What does ‘Cosplay’ mean to you?
Cosplay to me is an expressive art form in which I can be any character I want to be through experimental creativity, whether I change my face with makeup or draw patterns and make my costumes from scratch, every section of Cosplaying makes me giddy with excitement. Being a Cosplayer, I am always pushing my creativity to the next level with every Cosplay I do. It’s been such a major learning process for me, getting into Cosplay, I would never have thought I could make costumes from just drawings till I recently pushed myself to do it. Cosplay has become my life and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Which characters have you chosen to costume play and why?
I started Cosplaying Amy Pond from Doctor Who as she was one of my favourite characters and our physical appearances were quite similar, the praise I got for being Amy was incredible and I loved it so much I decided to continue cosplaying with new characters as well. Since I was a little girl I have been the biggest disney fan, since it’s shaped me into the person I am today One of my favourite cosplays to do out of the disney franchise is Merida, not only does she hold a bow and arrow and have the most amazing ginger mane of hair ever to work with, running around in forests and climbing trees makes me resort back to when I was a child, I feel free as Merida. I can’t name all the characters I cosplay since it’s a long list. Some of my favourites I’ve done include: Katniss Everdeen Tauriel Babydoll Elsa and Anna Belle.
What inspired you to get involved in Cosplay?
I used to look at Cosplay images on Deviantart and be amazed at how someone had the balls to walk around in full costume as a disney princess and I wanted to be involved with this! So I started with Amy Pond at a Con which caused a wonderful reaction and once I realised how incredibly nice everyone is at conventions over your costumes I started to plan much more advanced costumes for the next year Taking professional photoshoots and bringing the characters you love to life is the best thing ever!
Where did you first hear and discover what Cosplay was?
I heard about Cosplay through media and was amazed at some of the costumes created, always having been into costume design and art myself I really felt the creativity come alive in cosplay! Not only could I use my talent of art but my love of costume design and makeup too, I am so grateful I got into cosplay and just let my worries about being judged go.
Have you been to any conventions that promote Cosplay, such as comic con?
I have been to LFCC and MCM a few times each year and it’s the best, they now have cosplay corners at LFCC where the Cosplayers are becoming more recognised for their work, MCM has such a wide range of cosplays to see that really you can’t help but catch the “cosplay bug” when you are there, even talking to people seems less of a problem when you are in cosplay, I make so many friends from all over the world at cons, it’s wonderful.
Do you plan to go to any or have heard of some that inspire you to go?
Yes I would love to go to possibly one of the biggest cons “San Diego Comic Con” which sounds like the most lively and packed con to go to.
When you go to the conventions that promote cosplay what is the thing most you look forward to?
I look forward to meeting up with my cosplay friends and the epic photoshoot’s we create Have you met any famous Cosplayers?
How did they inspire you and what have they achieved?
I’ve met a few well known cosplayers who I am now good friends with, but I’ve never met any “famous” cosplayers…I would love to meet “Courtoon” the most.
Does social media help inspire to make more costumes?
Definitely, having my own Cosplay page on facebook means that I can not only interact with my followers about what they think so far and how I can improve what I’m making but I can also respectively admire their creations they are making themselves.