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About Kurisutara Cosplay
My name is Emily. I’m 23 and live in Australia and work at ARMI
How did you first get into cosplay?
A friend introduced me to conventions a few years back and straight away I knew I wanted to dress up with them as my favorite anime character
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I cosplay just for fun, as I get enjoyment out of crafting my costumes
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I used to buy my cosplays when I was starting out. These days I make them myself as I enjoy the challenge and creative aspect of creating the outfit
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It varies from costume to costume. But usually stretched out over a couple of months due to not much free time in my schedule
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
My favorite cosplay so far would be Valkyrie Leona from League of Legends
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Most memorable experience would have been joining in a large group photo of League of Legends cosplayers at PAX Aus in 2015, and then standing around afterward taking more photos. Everyone was so nice and complimenting one another, excited to see their favorite characters
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I haven’t been a part of one for a few years now, but I really enjoyed the experience and wish to do it again in the future
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Currently, I am working on Thaylssra from World of Warcraft – Legion
What issues do you see being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
The cosplay community seems to be quite divided with those who make their cosplay as opposed to those who buy theirs or get it commissioned. Personally, I see nothing wrong with purchasing a cosplay or prop, as long as your credit the creator for their hard work
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I mainly cosplay characters from my favorite video games
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I really enjoy shopping for supplies and creating the props to go along with the outfit. It is an extra bonus attending the convention is a finished outfit and getting photos taken too.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I mainly use craft foam with all my cosplays as I tend to more armor than fabric
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
The biggest obstacle is realizing that I’m not always going to finish an outfit on time for a convention, and I should be sad about that.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Try not to take it too seriously, as its just a hobby for me personally. And everyone started out somewhere, you should never judge them.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Accept that you might not always finish a cosplay in time. It’s better to take the time and finish it properly than rush and have it fall apart on the day
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
As cosplay has become more popular there is more a bridge between people just having fun and those wanting to do it for popularity. When I first started it was more just for fun, but I find it exciting that it is more popular and more people are getting into it and being recognized around the world for their hard work in creating outstanding outfits
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Red from Transistor, but with a taking, fully lit up Transistor sword
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I do not set a budget
What does cosplay mean to you?
It is an expression of your passion/interest for a character or series
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Just not having enough time/money to create cosplays anymore
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