I'm currently finishing a PhD in particle physics, although it's taking me longer than I expected! I currently work in a theatre, but front of house, not backstage. I'd love to run riot in the wardrobe department! I knit and sew, which are pretty useful hobbies for a cosplayer.
I have always loved dressing up, but properly started cosplay when a group of my friends all decided we wanted to dress up for a Lord of the Rings event at our local theatre (the one where I now work) and I volunteered to make us all costumes. I was on a major budget and without a proper sewing machine, but I was hooked. Since then, I've just really made costumes for fancy dress nights out, nothing too serious, until I went to a con last year with some friends. It's something I want to invest some time and effort into, and get some really quality costumes to wear to events.