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About Bambi Lashes
Hi I’m Bambi Lashes. I’m an Irish Cosplayer and costumer. Cosplay, design and fashion are my jam!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I cosplayed for the first time many years ago thanks to my friends! We had been attending conventions for a couple of years and were envious of all the fun the cosplayers were having! In the past four years, I started making my own cosplays and taking it more seriously.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I recently started working in fashion so I guess cosplay helped to lead me in that direction! Without cosplay I don’t know if I ever could discovered my love of sewing.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I personally love to make my cosplays from scratch as crafting is most of the fun for me and the most satisfying part of the process.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It varies greatly! I spend everything from 2 weeks for a very simple cosplay to 3-6 months for my more elaborate cosplays.
What is your favorite cosplay you have done so far?
That’s a tough question. I find that whenever I make a new cosplay, it’s suddenly my favourite. So right now I’d say it’s Princess Peach!
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
A really memorable experience for me was entering and winning the Pro Cosplay Contest at Dublin Comic Con last summer. It was my most difficult cosplay to date so it was incredibly cathartic for it to pay off!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I love group cosplays! They can be tricky to organize but well worth it in the end when you all get to hang out and have fun together in your cosplays.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I have a few plans in mind, including a very ambitious project I’m a little apprehensive to announce just yet. Other than that, I’m excited to start working on Sakizo’s artwork of Terra from Final Fantasy 6
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
I think there’s quite a lot of divisive issues in the cosplay community. In some circles there’s still a stigma around buying cosplays instead of making them. While I love to make my own, I see no problem at all with buying them – it’s just another way to cosplay!
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
The genres that I cosplay from are fairly mixed, but I have a big weakness for princess types and witchy characters. I also love anything that involves a big construction challenge.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
I’d have to say my favourite part of the process is towards the end of construction when everything starts to come together. It’s a stressful stage but so rewarding to see it finally take shape.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I use a lot of UK online fabric shops and wig sellers for my cosplay, as well as popping in to local Dublin shops when I can. Of course, sometimes Ebay and Aliexpress can be a lifesaver
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Timekeeping for sure. I’ve always been prone to procrastinating so learning to manage my time for elaborate cosplay projects was quite an uphill battle.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Sharing is caring! Whether it’s sharing construction tips or advice with fellow cosplayers, or much needed hair spray on the con floor, everyone benefits when you help each other out.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Whenever you’re trying out a new skill, always give yourself way more time than you think it will take! It will almost always take longer than it should!
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
Since I first encountered cosplay about ten years ago, it’s changed hugely. It’s since exploded in popularity and craftsmanship. Resources and standards have all gone up drastically. I love seeing this new focus on craftmanship in the community.
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
One cosplay I’d love to do is Cinderella’s live action movie dress. Unfortunately, the real one requires about 250 meters of fabric so making it accurately would bankrupt me!
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
I’ve given up on it at this point since any attempts to do so have always resulted in going over budget! Nowadays I simply try to keep within a ballpark figure for each cosplay.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is a huge part of my life and my favourite form of creative expression. I’ve also met so many friends through cosplay so it’s also a big part of my social life.
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
I definitely see it expanding and developing more. Particularly in Ireland, I think the cosplay community is just now coming into its own and carving its place in the international cosplay scene.
What is your favorite con to attend?
It’s hard to pick just one since I love different cons for different reasons, but Dublin Comic Con is my personal favourite for cosplaying in Ireland.
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
There are so many that inspire me both in Ireland and abroad! Joshua Hart Design, Major Sam Cosplay, Enayla Cosplay and Mehmeco Design consistently amaze me with their craft.
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
I’d feel very strange thinking of myself as inspiring, but I like to think I can be a helpful source of advice and tips.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Always ask before you take a photo! Also, check that the cosplayer seems available before asking – if they’re scoffing down a sandwich, now may not be the best time for a photo.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
If you see me at a convention, please don’t worry about “annoying” me – come say hi! Also, if you ever have any questions about a particular part of my cosplays or any techniques I use, feel free to ask – I’m happy to explain.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
Nope! I wouldn’t be surprised if I were still cosplaying as I hobble around with a zimmer frame 60 years from now!
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