I am a health and safety hazard. Actual fact. As a sufferer of severe Salicylate Intolerance and Anaphylaxis I cannot eat real people food, use real people make-up, or wear real people clothing as I am clearly some sort of construct and not a human being at all; which makes both life and cosplay quite challenging and interesting at best (an utter disaster at worst).
I graduated from DJCAD with a BDes Hons in Textile Design in 2012, specialising in digital print for fashion. My degree collection was called "[Do Not] Feed the Animals..." which is an Allergy and Food Intolerance awareness building device incorporating Qr-codes and quirky prints based on allergens. Despite this somewhat misleading moniker (I can legally put a bunch of letters after my name now and have them make sense), I have no formal training in sewing or pattern cutting... or really much of anything useful to cosplay; which I have been doing since 2006 officially. So, as of November 2012, I'm going to use the few skills I did learn at Uni to make Reference Boards for each of my cosplays. I usually have folders of images and OneNote files that serve this purpose, but this system is actually much easier to use and might benefit others. I also enjoy making stained glass jewellery for fun.
I can be a bit awkward and shy until I'm comfortable around a situation or person, but am generally very friendly, so just engage me in conversation... You will find out quickly what an utter box of frogs I really am.
"Where's your trousers Pudding?!" It's becoming a bit of a theme with me... plus green and gingers and gingers who wear green. ;)
I started dressing up as soon as I could crawl into my mum's wardrobe and have just never stopped really. Wasn't aware of "cosplay" as a term until about 2004-ish and my first conscious cosplays were in 2006, though I did do a lot of cosplaying unconsciously before that (Pokemon, Samurai Pizza Cats, etc, etc).
I mostly enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to make something from an image into something that's actually wearable; especially dying/staining and horrible paint/gore fx.
I haven't deliberately entered any cosplay competitions, but the two I have accidentally entered (that I know about) I won something. At Auchinawa 2008, we didn't realise that the masquerade and competition were the same thing and we won "Scariest/Most Creepy Group in the Masquerade". At October Expo 2008 Angelphie and Ashe-chan tricked me into entering by not telling me I was being judged... I did find it a bit odd how interested Odangochan was in my hand-painted socks... but we won best skit for my character accurate Bob Fossil dance moves. No joke. lol.
I used to attend Cosplay Scotland meets (and attended both Nickelcon 1 and Nickelcon 2) between 2007 and 2009 where I first began cosplaying with those other muppets who eventually became the rest of the team behind Blood/Sugar Cosplay: Raine, Zomboi and X'amd.
Conventions & Events I have attended:
Golden Demon 2003
Japan Ex, Paris 2008
London MCM October Expo 2008
D-con 2009 - Dealer/Artist
AX, Los Angeles 2009
Aya Revolution 2009
London MCM October Expo 2009
D-con 2010 - Dealer/Artist
London MCM May Expo 2010
London MCM October Expo 2010
Dee-con 2012 - Blood/Sugar Cosplay, attended as Dealers
I am planning to attend:
Sunnycon 2 2013 (this will be event no. 20 for me!) - March - Blood/Sugar Cosplay, attending as Dealers
DOJ-con 2013 - April - Blood/Sugar Cosplay, attending as Dealers
London MCM May Expo 2013
LFCC 2013 - July - Blood/Sugar Cosplay, attending as Dealers
Ayacon 2013 - August
Memorabillia & Scotland Comic Con 2013 - August
London MCM October Expo 2013
DokiDoki Festival 2013 - November - Blood/Sugar Cosplay, attending as Dealers
Manga / anime / cosplay / crossplay / horror / reading / art / writing / singing / dancing / films / music / sci-fi / fantasy / drama / adventuring / gardening / baking / cooking / vintage clothes / shoes / musicals / crafts / fairytales / etc.