We all know how excited I am about going to Fan Expo Vancouver this year and there are sooo many reasons for that. One of them, is Cosplay, I ADORE peoples Cosplay. I can’t even describe you the lack of talent I have to pull it off but I know more than a few people that participate, including this amazingly talent MOM! In fact a friend of mine told me about here and I couldn’t help but interrogate her, thankfully she said yes and this interview was born!! I hope that you enjoy it!!
“Cosplay, short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.” –wiki
It can be very costly indeed! Partly I feed my passion by making my own costumes and making them for other people through my small (hobby) business: Tekani’s Costumes. Also I find I can often get things from Value Village that I can modify which sometimes ends up being cheaper than buying the fabric and making it all myself.
As far as paying for convention tickets, food, and sometimes accommodations well that is simply a matter of saving up little by little. We have a jar at home that we put all our change into (mainly toonies and loonies) and then every once in a while we’ll take it to the bank and put it into our savings. It adds up pretty fast!
I’m not sure that I’ve learned anything new about myself per Se, but rather have realized that it’s always been something I’ve enjoyed (dressing up) and which I seem to have a talent for (costume creation).
With my own costumes I start by deciding on what type of fabric I want to use (cost effective vs qualities of the fabric that may be needed) and how much of each I will need. I also note any extras I’ll need like zippers, buttons, ribbon, etc. Then it’s off to the fabric store! When home I simply set my measurements on my dress form and either draft a pattern myself, or alter one I’ve purchased. Then I sew it all together and periodically try it on to ensure that it’s fitting me as well as the dress form.
For props I draw out different angles of the prop (usually a weapon) and figure out what I want to make it out of. Sometimes I have to research how other people have made a similar prop, and what materials they’ve used. Then I’ll come up with my own combination of materials and get started. Measuring is key to begin with- you don’t want to end up with a great
replica of a weapon except that it’s way too small!
Characters I’ve Cosplayed in the past are: Night Elf (World of Warcraft), Worgen Hunter (World of Warcraft), Neytiri (Avatar), Princess Azula (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Marvel’s Domino, Lara Croft, and the one I’m probably most known for: Oerba Yun Fang (Final Fantasy 13). Coming up will be a female version of Ezio (Assassin’s Creed), and Marvel’s Lady Deadpool and X-23.
Popularity has increased steadily I think, primarily with Anime Conventions as we have had those here for many years. The Comic Conventions are still pretty new though, so I’m hoping to see them gain more popularity quite quickly. Last year was the first time Fan Expo came to Vancouver and the turn out was pretty good for a first time. I’m expecting to see better attendance this year as word gets out about it more.
Rowan is the owner of Tekani’s Costumes, a hobby-based costume and prop company. She enjoys dressing up and amusing other attendees at local conventions with her husband and son. She also enjoys taekwondo, her 2 dogs, the great outdoors, and general geek culture.