Posted in Effie Trinket Cosplay

Effie Trinket Design

People have asked me how I decide where to put each feather on the Effie Trinket Design. I created a video to better explain my creative process (which I will link below), but I also wanted to explain it. I usually have a large concept in mind but within that large concept I find what looks the most aesthetically pleasing as I hot glue/sew the feathers on to the dress. I find that my brain works creativily “on the fly.” If I have too much of an idea in mind then it limits my creative process!

Here is the link to the video ———->  Click Here

Comment below with any questions!

Posted in Questions, woes, and concerns

What is Cosplay?

I’ve been asked by friends, family, and strangers the following question: “What is cosplay?”

My first answer is something along the lines of “the most worthwhile circle of Hell.”

My second answer is the textbook definition from dictionary.com:

noun
1.the art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from fiction, especially from manga, animation, and science fiction.
2.a skit featuring these costumed characters.
verb (used with object)
3.to portray (a fictional character) by dressing in costume.
verb (used without object)

4.to take part in cosplay:
He cosplayed as a Jedi from Star Wars.

         My third answer is usually the most accurate, which is simply this “cosplay is when you fall in love with a character so much that you feel the need to make a costume, wear it, and parade around a convention acting like that character.” Cosplay is not just a costume. Most cosplayers either make their cosplay by hand or they pay someone (me!) to make it by hand, because cosplay is not simply an exact replica of the character but instead an interpretation of the character from a movie, anime, manga, book, cartoon, TV Show, etc. Cosplay is a different facet of creativity and costume design.
          The cool thing about costume design is coming up with your own characters which is not cosplay. The cool thing about cosplay is thinking of original ways to replicate the designs of the character, especially an animated character. How do I make that pattern on XYZ’s dress? Do I embroider it? Paint it? Make it out of a different material? Cry? Each person is going to capitalize on their own talent too, so one person may paint it because they are more comfortable with paints and another may embroider it… which one is better? Neither. It will look different but it will have the same concept. Likewise, it will show different personality types.
          In conclusion, cosplay is a facet of the art form Costume Design.
          Let me know if you guys would like to know more about it or if you have any other questions. Maybe I will make a separate post about it if I have enough to say on the subject!

Picture Credits:

Poison Ivy: Me, Ashly Blake, costume designed by me

Batman: Unknown. It was a guy at Ikkicon in Austin that I took a picture with.

Catwoman: Linda Guthery, costume designed by Linda

Harley Quinn: Sarah Young, costume designed by Sarah

Blue haired Guy: Unknown, he ended up in the picture at Ikkicon in Austin as well

Posted in Effie Trinket Cosplay

800 Feathers Down…

I am currently making a cosplay of Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games, played by Elizabeth Banks. I’ve added some pictures below. You will notice when looking at the pictures that there are A LOT of feathers. I have hand painted each of these feathers and then hot glued and/or sewn the feathers on to a base, plain black dress that I bought at a thrift store. The process to make these feathers is long and time consuming, so I posted it below in case anybody wanted to make an Effie Trinket cosplay using feathers!

1. Buy these white, synthetic goose feathers from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/CrazyDeal-beautiful-feather-inches-charming/dp/B00RB95HF6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00)

2. Spray the feathers with Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating, wait until it dries (about 15 minutes) – can be bought at Michaels Craft Store

3. Paint with Cadmium Orange Acrylic paint (I used the Fine Touch brand from Hobby Lobby), wait until it dries (about 10 minutes)

4. Paint monarch design with Black Acrylic paint (same brand as the orange), I used a very small paint brush to paint the design (to be specific I used a Royal & Langnickel MSGE250-20/0), wait until it dries (about 10 minutes)

5. Paint dot design on the feather in White and Yellow (there should be more white than yellow). I used a toothpick to make the dots very small. Wait until it dries (about 5 minutes)

6. Hot glue/sew the feathers to a base black dress

7. Spray again with the Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating

8. Repeat 800 times.