Check out the fantastic cosplay by Sutie
Sutie’s cosplay is more like works of art featuring elaborate costumes and love of the craft pouring out of every creation. She was kind enough to take some time out of her schedule to be featured in Cosplay Confidential this week and I’m sure you’re going to be just as impressed.
Name? My friends call me Sutie and you can find my work under Silver Fyre Studio.
How did you get into cosplay? I have always been interested in costuming. When I was little if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would answer, “I want to be a costume designer for films or TV shows!” This wasn’t very common in the 90s. I also grew up a little nerdy, watching Star Trek with my dad on Thursday nights, playing Jedi with my sisters, and reading whatever manga I could get my hands on. Eventually, I wanted to dress up like these characters.
How long have you been doing it? In 2007 I went to my very first anime convention. This is when I discovered people were dressing up like the characters they love at events. It was amazing to find a crowd I had a niche in. Since then I have been actively cosplaying at conventions and local events.
What was your first costume? The very first character I have ever cosplayed was Freya from Chobits. At the time, I didn’t know what cosplay was or what I was doing even had a name. I was 13 years old and had just started making my own costumes when Halloween was approaching. Of course, I needed a costume to wear and I had already started designing how to make a costume a character was wearing in the manga I was reading. I absolutely loved this character’s costume and wanted it for myself. I had some black satin on hand and tore apart a pair of old leather pants to make it. Even though only one of my friends knew what my Halloween costume was, I wore it with much pride.
What’s been your favorite? This is a hard question. Every cosplay I make speaks to me in one way or another. It’s either because I love the character, the outfit design, or relate with the character in some way. Each costume I make is special to me.
What was the hardest costume you’ve done? Each costume I have made has had its own unique challenges. Some it’s finding just the right fabric or dying it the perfect color, others the challenge is to create the odd gemstones or gravity defying hair. Sometimes the simplest looking costume can have a mind bending aspect to it that you didn’t realize was there until you try to make it. Such as a curved cone hat.
I try to be creative when I run into these challenges and ponder on them for a few days. I go back to the basics, thinking about the shape or texture that is needed and then go from there. I spend time drawing up patterns and doing practice runs or making mock-ups. This is to test out my theories and not ruin the materials I plan to actually use for the costume. I try not to give up and keep pushing to find what works best. There are times I have made pieces or an entire costume a couple times over, like my Elsa from Frozen. I remade every part of that costume, except the wig I got right the first time, at least twice before I felt I got it right.
How much time does it take to make an average costume? It’s hard to keep track of hours. There are a lot of things I will work on for a costume, like beading and painting, that I don’t count how long I spent doing it. My Elsa from Frozen was the first I actually kept track on hours. I have a record 140 hours on that costume.
How much money do you typically spend on your outfits? Once I add up all of the little bits, it tends to average out around a hundred for the smaller, not so detailed or extravagant costumes, and around $300 (sometimes more!) for the big projects for materials alone.
What makes it so rewarding? Bringing your vision to life is so satisfying. It’s not easy to impress yourself because you are the worst critic of your own work. But when you put all your heart and energy into an art, it’s hard not to be proud.
Do you have a regular group you partner up with for costumes? I do not though there are many great cosplayers in my area and they are all so friendly and willing to partner up every once in a while. I have a few duel and group cosplays coming up this year, 2015, that I’m very excited for!
What would you say to people who have thought about doing cosplay, but haven’t quite worked up the nerve yet? At the first of my cosplaying days, I found it hard to find the confidence to go out in my character costumes. There is a lot of support now, thankfully, and if you ever feel like you’re alone or out of place just keep in mind that you are doing something that most ordinary people are too afraid to do themselves. Don’t be ordinary, be brave, and be extra ordinary!
and I’m just starting up a Youtube; https://www.youtube.com/user/silverfyre
1. Asuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online – Yuki Cosplay/Photography
2. Yui Hongo from Fushigi Yuugi – Craig Ozancin (http://doors-of-imagination.com/)
3. Sakura from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle -Nivi
4. Elsa from Disney’s Frozen -Nivi
5. Emma Swan from Once Upon a Time -Tara Schenavar
6. Ms Marvel from Marvel Comics -Hackworth Photography