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First things first, of the cosplays you have done, which is your favorite and why?
Of the cosplays I have done, I have to say that Pharah is my favorite. Its the most recent one I've made and always forget how much fun I have wearing it! It's also the most comfortable cosplays I've made so far, so that only helps my affinity for it.
If time and cost weren't a factor, what is your dream cosplay?
Honestly, I've never thought about this before. If there's a character I want to make, I try to make it happen. Though if I had to pick something in general, it would be something that could transform, or something I'd have to use motors or a circuit board for. I haven't gotten to that stage in my cosplay yet, but I know I'll be there soon.
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Are you more comfortable with sewing or armor making?
I'm definitely more comfortable with armor making. Anytime I see someone who has made their own fabric outfit, it feels like witchcraft to me.
Are there any tips you've picked up along the way that has made crafting easier that you can share?
Some tips I can provide are follow and study your favorite cosplayer and watch their tutorials. I've learned everything from online tutorials or simple trial and error. Sometimes I look at an outfit and feel overwhelmed with the sheer amount of work I need to do. I always have to remind myself to just start somewhere, anywhere, and just jump into it. Even if I don't get it right the first time, it's always a learning experience.
Why do you cosplay? What about it brings you joy? :)
I cosplay because I love the designs and characters from my favorite, game, show, anime, etc. I want to bring them to life and also challenge myself to make something beautiful. After the cosplay is made, the satisfaction from completing it, and the joy it brings other people seeing the character brought to life always makes it worth it for me.
What is a favorite memory from doing cosplay? Maybe a convention experience, a challenge you overcame, meeting a hero, etc?
My favorite memory of cosplay was my first ever convention about 3 years ago. My friend had been deep in the cosplay scene for years, and she brought me along in a group cosplay. I was so amazed by the passion from everyone and how much fun I had, that I knew I needed to make this a regular thing.
Who are some of your favorite cosplayers and why (and where can we find them?)
The cosplayer that inspired me to be an armor crafting is Kamui Cosplay. I daresay she is the reigning queen of armor cosplay and I watch all of her tutorials, as I always learn something insightful from her. She has such an amazing attitude towards the hobby and always focuses on the craftsmanship of the armor instead of the "sexy" aspect. While there is nothing wrong with that per se, I admire that she has built such an inspiring community based solely on her skill and positive attitude.
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What are some of your favorite cosplay resources?
I go to hardware stores more than I ever have in my entire life, and amazon is also a very good resource for getting cheap material. I lucked out living in Los Angeles, as I can run to the fabric district and get any kind of fabric at a very low price whenever I need to. Aside from that, I use Ebay quite often, and I order all my worbla from cosplaysupplies.com.
Where can we follow you online, and are there any other projects or platforms you'd like to promote in this interview?
My handle is @karacorvus on basically every social media platform. I stream daily at twitch.tv/karacorvus, and you can find many, many photos of my cosplays on my instagram.
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