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Your new Cosplayer of the Month: Silhouette Cosplay.
Tell us about the first time you put together a cosplay piece.
I've been sewing since I was eight, but my first real cosplay was Eowyn's shieldmaiden costume from The Lord of the Rings. My grandmother taught me to sew and helped me with it, though I think she started getting worried when I decided I wanted to modify a pattern and make my own! It was my first attempt at anything like a corset (we boned it with zip ties!) and I spent frankly a ridiculous amount of time trying to find the right trims I wanted. Fast forward to this year, and I actually just finished my remake of this costume ten years later! It's really neat to be able to make the same costume again and see how far my skills (and patience) have come in all that time.
What types of characters are you drawn to as a cosplayer?
I really love morally grey characters; I find their personalities and motivations fascinating. Loki is the one I wear most, but I think Daenerys Targaryen, Black Widow, Rumpelstiltskin, and even Galadriel would fall into this category. Although, a character also has to have a wardrobe that I like on top of that--the more details, the better!
What do you hope to achieve through cosplay?
On a personal level, I hope I will never stop learning new skills and improving the ones I already have. Cosplay is a wonderful blend of creativity and problem solving, and it meshes very well with my professional life as a theatre costume technician. But cosplay is also about community, and I hope that I can have a positive and encouraging impact, especially on younger cosplayers who may be intimidated coming into a scene that is now so well established. We're all here for love of media, of characters, of stories, and to be able to express that through cosplay is just fabulous in my book.
If you could give any piece of advice to new cosplayers, what would it be?
Don't be afraid to fail! You will, and it will be a lot more often than you want. But you learn the most when you get things wrong, and you will always be improving, whether you've been cosplaying for a month or ten years. Let yourself mess up. The only person you have to get better than is you! /font>
What would you say is the hardest part of cosplaying?
I think it varies greatly from person to person, but for me, I'd say curbing my perfectionism is really difficult. I've always been a perfectionist, I'm very detail-oriented, and I get frustrated when things may not look exactly how I envisioned, or when things don't turn out right the first or even third time. It's something I've learned to recognize in myself, and I know better when to step away and look at a piece with fresh eyes. Being self-aware is important, especially if you're working on something at 11 at night!