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Please introduce yourself.
Rumplestilt_Seam Cosplay. I used to go by Adnamana12 which is my name backwards, but people were having the hardest time pronouncing that. I decided on my current name because a friend of mine made a comment comparing me to Rumplestiltskin in regards to how quickly I “spin out” costumes not unlike how he spins gold so quickly. So I made a play on the name and it stuck.
What is your favorite beverage?
I don’t really have a favorite beverage. If I had to absolutely choose I’d probably say Ginger Ale since that’s my go-to at parties, and it makes a great medium if one wants to make a cocktail!
When did you start cosplaying?
the year 2012, I expand on that answering the next question.
Why did you start cosplaying?
During that year, I was attending a church that put on an annually themed VBS (vacation Bible School); this particular year it was video game themed. I wasn’t exactly chosen to “dress up” as one of the face characters but they left the option open to any of the volunteers and one thing lead to another haha. Thus, my first cosplay was born, a REALLY crappy Princess Peach. It was a thrift store dress, with red Toms; I didn’t even have a wig I had to use my own hair (which spoiler alert isn’t blonde). Now one could ask, “If you looked so bad, then why did you enjoy it?”; I’ll tell you it was the reaction I got from the kids. The way their eyes lit up at seeing a “princess”. I decided I liked that and wanted to do more, and here we are today.
Who are your cosplay idols?
I have a few. Jessica Nigri, Kamui COsplay, and Yaya Han are the big three. I also follow other craftsmanship based cosplayers like cowbuttcrunchies, jakcosplay, peekaboocosplay, Maul Cosplay, and a few others (All on instagram)
What types of cosplay do you do?
I do a variety, Video games, Disney, DC, Marvel, Anime, etc. My favorites are crossovers/mashups. I’ve done a few crossovers like Sith Snow White, or Sailor crossovers (Sailor Snow White, Sailor Bucky); I even did a RWBY/Iron Fist cosplay with Yang Xio Long.
What are your favorite cosplays?
My favorites are Raven (Teen Titans) and Sith Snow White. Both character encompass different aspects of my personality, and are frankly easier for me to remain in character due to my RBF. I also relate a lot to Raven as a character.
What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
Spideyverse characters, and the Flame Atronach from Skyrim. Spideyverse – A. I don’t have the long lean body type to pull off the suits and B. they’re just so stinking expensive! Flame Atronach requires great skill in worbla and thermoplastic crafting to that of which I do not nor probably ever will possess. I am a seamstress, not an armorer haha.
Do you make or buy your cosplays?
I make every single one of my costumes, except save one or two from when I first started. The only things I purchase are shoes, wigs, and accessories that I can’t make myself. Of course this approach isn’t really necessary for everyone, I just get more fulfillment out of creating, and I also compete in local conventions regularly ( you absolutely have to make your costumes if you compete).
What do you love about cosplay?
The reactions probably, this goes back to why I started in the first place. When you’re walking around a convention dressed as a superhero and children or adults alike run up to you its probably one of the most amazing things to see the awe and wonder in their eyes. The thing most people don’t think about is when I (or any other cosplayer) dress up, this is as close to shaking hands or giving a hug to the real Wonder Woman or Captain America as these people are ever going to get. You are the surrogate for those actors in a way in the eyes of the public. So for some it might be the fame or recognition, but for me it ultimately boils down to how happy it makes people.
What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?
Ah yes, every coin has two sides. For as much as I enjoy the delight I bring to many, its the “delight” I bring to a few that I despise. That delight you may ask? The sexually objectified kind. I can clearly recall one instance where I was wearing New 52 Wonder Woman, you know? The one obscure one with a black bodysuit underneath , and she’s literally covered in clothes from neck to foot? IE I am not showing ANY skin nor am I dressed provocatively. I got more catcalls in five minutes walking the con floor in that costume than I have an entire weekend wearing Raven or one of the Sailor Crossovers, in which all three of those show a lot of skin, and are quite flattering on my figure. People need to be taught, just because a woman is in a costume doesn’t mean they want to arouse you or have sexual relations. To put it simply: I hate getting unwanted sexual advances from people just because they have a fetish/fantasy surrounding the character I am dressed in, and I know I am not the only female cosplayer out there with these feelings on the subject.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
Overall probably Raven, she’s just so easy to pull off. It’s like the opposite when I cosplay her, I take of my “Normie” costume that I wear everyday to put on my real self haha.
If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?
The Witcher universe. The story and world so rich vast, it’s like if Westeros and Middle Earth had a love child this would be it. I would love to visit a world where magic and monsters exist. Now, not entirely certain I personally would want to be a Witcher (they don’t really have very nice lives), but I’d totes be down to train as a sorceress!
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
You know the saying, “the devil’s in the details.”? That’s pretty much it. I love costumes with depth, detail, and texture. The more detailed the better in my opinion. I also draw a lot of inspiration from Michele Clapton (Game of Thrones costume designer); her pieces are so intricate and detailed, her costumes alone tell stories within the stories they are worn in.
What are your “fandoms”?
I am apart of many, Supernatural, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, etc. if I go on the list will be rather long.
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
Don’t let people define what you’re good at, or put you down for the things you’re not. Fine your niche and build on that. For example: I am great at machine sewing, but I can barely work Worbla; so I built on my sewing skills until I felt comfortable enough to move onto another skill. It wasn’t until this year I started Focusing on my makeup and wig styling skills. Not everyone is the same and everyone learns at different paces. It takes 10,000+ hours to become a master at something so don’t be hard on yourself if you’re not perfect on the first try.
What tips do you have for other cosplayers?
Youtube and Google are your friends haha! I can’t count how many times I’ve had to consult the all knowing Google when I’ve gotten stuck on certain projects or techniques.
What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
We’re not weirdos. We are literally just like you but with a different hobby. You don’t see us heckling you guys when you spend all the time and money on merchandise, travel to host watch parties just to sit down and watch a bunch of men clad in plastic padding and tights smash into each other over a ball made with fake pig skin do you? I mean, if we’re being real “regular people” that are sports fans are weirder than cosplayer 90% of the time haha.
What cosplays are you working on?
I am currently working on Classic Harley Quinn, and Princess Tutu for the 2018 competition season.
What cosplays do you want to do if money/time were no object?
All the costumes from The Witcher 3 and sakizou art, both are just so hyper detailed and high quality that sadly I haven’t enough time nor money to work such projects.
Where can people find your cosplays?
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/
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