Adventures in Cosplay | Part One | Mad Max

I have been wanting to try to make my very first full on cosplay for awhile now. I know, I know, just do it. But here is the thing, I need to find something that will sustain my interest and challenge me.

Some things to know about me, before we get into this. I went to art school; no, not a trade art school like AI or Full Sail, full on ART SCHOOL. Maryland Institute College of Art, if you are dying to know. While I was there I did a lot of pieces that revolved around character building, soft sculpture, conceptual thinking, performance, embroidery, and experimental beauty makeups. If I lost you in all of that, I apologize, art words are hard to understand. Basically, I arted, I arted hard.

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Why is this important? Well, I knew I already possessed some skill that would help me build a Cosplay Costume. So it wasn’t about picking a comic character and finding a pattern online. This was a lot more about finding something that would challenge me and sustain my interest. Mad Max: Fury Road coming roaring into my life around the time that I wanted to settle down with my first character to build out.

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Valkyrie of the Many Mothers called out to me, the layered and texturally complexity of the costume was intense. It would require me to accept that it wouldn’t be a perfect replica and utilize my skills of appropriation/crafty Macgyver-ness to build it. It was my muse, and yes, yes I would build it.

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So here we are Part One, Alicia builds her first cosplay. In future “parts/episodes” I will discuss why I made the choices I made, how I developed certain pieces, how I built out certain things. Furthermore, I will be brutally honest about how hard building cosplay is. Buying a costume is easy, building one is hard.

 

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