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Published on September 2nd, 2014 | by Khloe Khaos

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Cosplayer Of The Month – Cauldron Of Mischief

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This month Cauldron of Mischief Cosplay is the Cosplayer of The Month for September! I first met this talented lady at London MCM in May  2013, when her and her partner where cosplaying Taokaka and Torakaka from Blaze Blue. I love her Alkali cosplay! She so talanted and skilled, I really admire her.

September – Cauldron Of Mischief

Akii

What was your first cosplay?

My very first cosplay was Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket when I was 14. It is one of my favourite series, I also really wanted to give cosplay a shot so I did some research and constructed the costume out of heavily modified clothes of the same colour as I was still teaching myself to sew and wasn’t sure how to use patterns properly at the time. I never wore this costume anywhere and unfortunately don’t have any photos, but it was pretty fun for a first attempt. After that I really wanted to cosplay more, so I did more research and continued!

What was your first convention?

My very first convention was MCM Midlands Comic Con in September 2008. I’d never been to a convention, but since I started to get into cosplay, I really wanted to meet more people and attend. I had a great time, met lots of wonderful people and cosplayers, and really enjoyed the experience! I was overwhelmed at how many fantastic costumes I saw around me as I had no idea what it was going to be like. After this experience, I really wanted to attend more cons whenever I had the time, and have been attending various different conventions since!

How did you get into cosplay?

I got into cosplay shortly after I started reading Fruits Basket. I’d read various other Manga and watched a variety of Anime as well. I had so many characters I liked and kept having thoughts about wanting to make and replicate the character’s costumes, so I did some research into it and found ‘Cosplay’. I chose Tohru to be my first costume because it was very simple and easy for me to start with, and I also really like Tohru’s character, I wasn’t sure where to start as I did sewing as a hobby and was teaching myself as I’d only ever made small things, but nothing as big as an entire costume. I bought a navy blue short pleated skirt and jacket of the same colour, and modified it with white fabric into a sailor fuku as I wasn’t sure where to begin with using a pattern and wanted to try new things.

What is your dream cosplay?

Oh gosh this is a tough question as I have so many costumes I’d love to make in the future! I do have two in particular that I’ve always wanted to make but I’m not sure when I’ll get chance to construct and wear.

One of them is the character ‘Astharoshe Asran’ from Trinity Blood. I’ve always loved this series and really enjoyed it. I especially love the character designs and the amount of intricate detail they have! Astharoshe really stood out to me, I like her character and her costume and she’d be so much fun yet challenging to make! The other is ‘The Queen of Hearts’ from Alice: Madness Returns. I’ve always been a huge fan of the American McGee’s Alice game and I love the sequel. I like how the Queen of Hearts is seen in this game and her design, the dress looks absolutely gorgeous and I’ve always wanted to make a big dress with lots of detail like that.

Astharoshe & Queen of hearts reference
Astharoshe & Queen of Hearts Reference

 

What cosplay or prop are you most proud of?

For my own costumes currently I’d say my staff for my Sorceress cosplay from Dragon’s Crown. I wanted to try a new technique and make the prop collapsible in some way to make travel easier, so I drilled a screw and bolt into each half of the staff making it easy to put together and carry. I also tried a different technique with expanding foam and plaster bandage to create the tree-branch details, then hand painted and shaded it, I was really happy with the overall result!

Staff

 What is your favourite martial to work with?

Hmm, I have a variety of fabrics I like to work with; some of my favourites include duchess satin, medium weight cottons and leather (Even though it can be tricky sometimes). I also like working with anything stretchy that isn’t lycra, I like the feel of lycra but I find it somewhat of a pain to work with.

For non-fabrics I’d say definitely foam and worbla, these two elements work really well together and it’s so easy to create wonderful armour pieces with!

What is your favourite convention and why?

Oh man another tough one! I have a lot of conventions I’ve very much enjoyed, but the one that I enjoyed the most was Amecon 2012. I attended with my wonderful partner and had so much fun! I went to various panels, met more wonderful people and friends and very much enjoyed the cosplay ball that was held on Sunday evening followed by a rave. The overall experience was lovely!

Best cosplay moments?

One of my best and most memorable cosplay moments was when myself and partner attended Hyper Japan 2012. We entered the masquerade on the Sunday in our Code Geass cosplays as Lelouch and Suzaku as a group, and we ended up winning the best group category! I’d never won a masquerade before as I enter for fun and to help my stage confidence, but this was such a wonderful surprise and we were both shocked and amazed!

Another one is when I attended my first convention in 2008, I decided to cosplay Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto and as I stood in the queue, a Sakura Haruno cosplayer walked past me, yelled ‘Sasuke-Kun!’ incredibly loudly and proceeded to give me the biggest hug. This happened randomly in the span of 5 minutes from when I walked through the door. This had never happened to me before but I found it hilarious and she was really sweet!

Worst cosplay moments?

Oh dear, this is a bit difficult. I haven’t really had any majorly bad moments, I guess one of them was hearing the news earlier this year that Gemucon was cancelled. I was really looking forward to it as it was the second time the convention was running and I wanted to see what it was going to be like with the new venue, etc.

What is your next big project?

One of my next big projects is definitely my Draenei from World of Warcraft costume. I haven’t decided which class yet, but most likely it’s going to be a Draenei paladin. I’m really looking forward to starting work on this next year!

Any tips for new cosplayers?

Have fun! Don’t be scared or intimidated to try different costumes, if it makes you happy and is something you very much enjoy, then go for it and have a great time! It’s important to make sure you’re happy and having fun doing what you love. Also prepare your wallet as cosplay can be a very expensive hobby, but it’s a lot of fun!

Do you have Facebook page, Twitter or Youtube?

Yep! My facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/CauldronOfMischiefCosplay

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CauldronOfMischief

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