I have been cosplaying and building cosplay costumes since 2006, and LARPing since 2007. Through LARPing I got into leatherworking and armour-making, and I've never really looked back. I run a small business making LARP-related leatherwork, leather trinkets, jewellery, and other bits and pieces that can be found on my Etsy site (linked from my website below).
I have a Masters degree in English literary studies which I received in January 2012, and at the time of writing this I am still very much unemployed. I would love to get into the film/stage industry doing costumes and SFX, but that road seems a little far away right now.
Some of my other personal interests and pursuits include writing poetry (currently unpublished), sketch work, folk singing, diabolo spinning, poi, fire poi and contact juggling.
I got started by browsing cosplay.com and looking for Red XIII costumes, when I found there were very few/none finished I decided to make one, talk about starting at the deep end! He was a quadsuit with a glowing tail, follow-me eyes and a moving jaw, and I thorughly enjoyed building and playing him. My proudest moment was realising the hellish travel and months of no sleep were worth it, walking into the Excel Centre as Catbus and getting people squeaking with delight to see it, not to mention the huge cheer the crowd gave it at the masquerade - even if my eyelight on one side did go off as I went on stage!
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Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:23:01 GMT
Following on from the Clockwork Watch events last year, the Make Believe Market completed a three-day Steampunk celebration in the heart of London, with Clockwork Underworld on the Friday, the Goblin King's Masked Ball on the Saturday, and the market on Sunday.
Trading alongside wonders such as Empire Edibles (whose confectionery I can recommend in glowing terms) whilst quite literally alongside Gorilla Perfumes (who promote fair-trade scents and other products) Clockwork Firebird Designs was stationed in a side-room of the main venue in the old metalworks building in Islington. This caused some consternation as to whether people would realise there were stalls in this area, because it was an offshoot from the main route into the rest of the stalls and the bar area. Luckily, the organisers had thought of this and decided that all the live music (ranging from bluegrass to medieval folk music) should be performed in the side-room on its small stage.
The organisational team for the Make Believe Market were on the ball, knowledgeable and so friendly that it made the pre-event nerves and early transport-hopping in to London more than worth it. Everything that was needed was provided, and the team took any suggestions or problems entirely in their stride. The event overall was pleasantly busy with a lot of people stopping to chat as well as browse. The live music made the day colourful and a joy to attend.
Ark! Ark! Art..! By Megan Williams.
In short: There are more Make Believe Markets pencilled in for later in the year, and I will definitely be attending as many as I can!
What's next? Where am I going? Here's a list:
-London MCM Expo - October - Fingers crossed, guys! I'm trying to book for this one if they have any trader space left. It'll by far be the biggest event I've ever done!
-Make Believe Market - ??? - Whenever these run again, I plan to attend as a trader.
As always, and emails/questions can be directed to EPHYN [DOT] DESIGNS [AT] GMAIL [DOT] COM
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