Hello cosplay community! It is another week. Do you have a project that you are working on? This cosplayer has some amazing answers, so enjoy!!!
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Kali Pohle AKA KaliKat Cosplay
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
Black vanilla tea with a bit of milk (loose leaf because I’m a bit of a tea snob)
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I’m a theater design student at Pacific Lutheran University with a concentration in costume design. Outside of sewing I do lots of other nerdy activities like play D&D, write stories, and play video games (Dragon Quest IX is my favorite). Oh, and I’m in Hufflepuff.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
I made my first costume back in 2015, but I didn’t really start considering myself a cosplayer until like 2016, when I started making costumes for and attending conventions. My first costume was Elsa from Frozen.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
I used to be a biology major, so I started cosplaying as a way to satisfy my desire to create something. Once I realized I could make a career out of my creative passions, I started using cosplay as a way to hone my craft and try different things that I wouldn’t get to try at work.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
I have so many, but a few off the top of my head are Avant Geek, Cowbutt Crunchies, and Sarah Spaceman. Hannah Alexander Artwork is by far my favorite cosplay designer, and her style has had a lot of influence on my own designs.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
I mostly do stuff from video games and anime, with the occasional Disney. Legend of Zelda and Pokemon seem to be my most common inspiration.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
My Renaissance Faire Sylveon and Alolan Vulpix (technically not finished yet but I love it already). I love Pokemon gijinkas because I get to have a lot of creative freedom!
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
Anything with armor. There are a few Fire Emblem characters I’ve wanted to cosplay – Corrin being at the top of the list because she’s my Smash 4 main – but the thought of working with Eva foam has always intimidated me.
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
I make all my cosplays. I actually enjoy making them more than I do wearing them, so I have a ton of cosplays that I’ve made and never worn.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
I love seeing a simple pile of fabric become something you can wear and that captures people’s eyes. I also enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out how something that exists in animated or non-human form can be made into reality.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
Wigs! I’ve always been bad at styling hair and wigs are no exception! I usually try to stick to cosplays that require little to no complex wig styling.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER TO COSPLAY?
Probably Elsa, specifically the Broadway version. I just feel like a badass Scandinavian pirate in that outfit!
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Ever since I was a kid I wanted to live in one of the Zelda games. For many years it was Twilight Princess because I love wolves and edgy things but now that Breath of the Wild exists I’d have to go with that one. So many outfits from that game are on my cosplay wish list!
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR COSPLAYS?
It can come from many different places, especially for the original designs. Usually one cosplay is an amalgamation of various things that I saw and thought were cool. Pinterest boards are my best friend.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
Pokemon, Zelda, Steven Universe, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Hamilton, Heathers, MBMBaM, The Adventure Zone, Sherlock, and Supernatural just to name a few of the more well known ones. I like a lot of things and it would take forever to name them all!
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Sew all the time! The more you do it, the better you’ll get. Even if it’s not cosplay, just see what you can make out of old pillowcases or offer to repair your friends’ clothes. I used to be very intimidated by cosplay because I didn’t think I was very creative (and still don’t sometimes), but I got so much better in just a few years because I’m sewing almost all the time.
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Make your garments look good inside and out! It’s always tempting to neglect the inside because no one but you will see it and it just takes extra time. But the feeling of accomplishment when you see a beautifully lined coat or cleanly serged seams is so worth it! Plus, good construction will often keep your cosplay looking nicer for longer as it can hold up better to wear and tear.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Just how much work goes into even the simplest things. I hate when I see people scoff at something that clearly took hours and hours of hard and play it off as if its nothing. I’m mostly bitter because I work in theater and sometimes actors are divas and hate on their costumes, but it happens a lot with cosplay as well. Just because it looks simple to you doesn’t mean it was easy!
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
I’m currently finishing up my Alolan Vulpix gijinka, as well as some League of Legends commissions.
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
I’m in love with every costume from Anastasia on Broadway and would love to recreate on of those. You need a lot of Swarovski crystals to do those beauties justice!
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
My instagram is @kalikatcosplay
What is your favorite cosplay crafting tool/supply?
Fabric paint! It’s a relatively cheap and easy way to add unique details to your cosplay. It can also replace a lot of more complicated techniques if you’re a beginner. Don’t know how to embroider? Fabric paint. Don’t have access to screen printing? Fabric paint. Can’t afford specific patterned fabric? Fabric paint. Plus, I just find painting relaxing and fun. Tulip Matte paints are the best in my opinion.
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