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About Stella Papazova Art
My name is Stella, from Bulgaria, I work as an architect and I am 26 years old. I also paint and ride a mountain bike!
How did you first get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay 4 years ago cosplaying my favourite LoL champion – Katarina.
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
I cosplay for fun!
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I prefer making them from scratch, however, sometimes I may need a little help with some pieces (like leggings, skirt, etc.) because sewing is my weakest point.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
Lots of time.. as I said I do it for fun, therefore it’s my hobby and most of my free time goes into it. Also lots of love and excitement 🙂
What is your favorite cosplay you done so far?
Ciri’s alternative outfit, because it had many pretty details that I made by hand. She is also my most favourite character.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
My most memorable experience is ICL in Madrid, Spain, I was chosen as Bulgaria’s representative and we had lots of fun there!
How do you feel about group cosplays?
Great! I am kinda bad at acting though.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
I am working on a human mage from World of Warcraft and Sandstorm Katarina from League of legends 🙂
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
I am mostly inspired by the medieval/fantasy-themed genre and by strong, decisive characters.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
Armor crafting – I looove crafting armor out of EVA foam and worbla! Taking photos is another favourite thing to do because I often think of places or certain settings that would fit my cosplay character.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
Just local craft stores, nothing special.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
Probably balancing a fulltime job and meeting cosplay deadlines. I used to go through allnighters day after day, going to work after that was an utter nightmare.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Yes, sleep is very important for your body, especially as you are getting older! Food and water too 😀
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Do as many researches as you can, gather tips, tutorials and knowledge before starting a new project. All of this will help you have an idea of what you will need and how to start it.
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I still consider myself as a fairly new cosplayer, so I don’t know… depends?
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
Ohhhh, I want to do Frost Lich Jaina from Hearthstone and Sylvanas Windrunner from World of Warcraft. I even started crafting Jaina but it’s a complex project for me that requires indeed lots of money and time..
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
What does cosplay mean to you?
Creating things with your own hands and bringing your favourite characters to life is a true form of art. It’s a way to express myself and my creativity.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
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