I found this cosplayer through our mutual love of Hufflepuff. I hope youall enjoy this interview with this adorable cosplayer.
What do people call you?
@tinycatkate, Kate, Katie, Katharine (when I’m in serious trouble)
What is your favorite beverage?
I do love coffee with cream but a good margarita now and again is always welcome.
Who is your cosplay idol?
Kamui Cosplay. Those builds though.
When did you start cosplaying?
Comikaze 2014. My best friend Saya (@sayayohn) went as Wonder Woman and I went as Supergirl (the two piece blue suit). This will always be one of my favorite cons; I got to go with my bestie as part of an epic duo and my mom and grandma helped me make the Supergirl costume, so there are a lot of great memories there.
Why did you start cosplaying?
Before cosplaying for fun I worked at a Six Flags as Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl. These are characters I had already loved from watching the Justice League cartoon as a kid, so getting to portray them was especially enjoyable. It was also an honor because DC Comics and Warner Bros. have to approve you for the part. After getting the roles I started to look even more into the characters and started purchasing graphic novels to learn more. From there I became interested in other characters and my love of the DC Comics universe grew. So when the opportunity to cosplay with friends at a con came up it sounded like a fun way to continue celebrating characters I loved.
What are your favorite cosplays?
Supergirl (the two piece blue suit) is of course one of my favorites for the reasons I already went into. Wonder Woman is naturally another that I have a particular fondness for and love to cosplay. My friend Dakotah (@lustersworkshop/www.lustersworkshop.com) made the gorgeous metal pieces for me, which add a very polished look to the costume. As for non-DC cosplays my top choice is Naruto. Gotta love a character who can really appreciate ramen.
What do you love about cosplay?
Cosplay is a fun, creative outlet that I can share with my friends. Plus, it has allowed me to meet more like minded people who I wouldn’t have bumped into otherwise. And they’re freaking awesome.
If you could live in or visit any fantasy realm, where would you go
Oh, this is tough. Well if I were to just visit any made up place I’d go to the world in Ready Player One. Then I could plug into the Oasis and visit a whole bunch of made up worlds. Does that fly? Or is that like wishing for more wishes?
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
Art. Seeing a really powerful depiction of a character inspires me to create my own representation of them. This can be art from the comic itself, from other artists with different types of art such as drawings or sculptures, or other cosplayers. I like being able to see something and say to myself, “That’s badass.” It fuels the fire.
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
Whether you make your costume or buy it, look just like a character or nothing like them, have one million followers or one hundred on social media, none of that matters. What matters is that you’re having a good time.
What tips do you have for other cosplayers?
As much as you’re able to, create or buy pieces that you can use for multiple characters. In the long run this will save you a lot of money and space. And if you have a character you absolutely love and know that you want to keep cosplaying it may be prudent to consider spending more money on pieces/material for that character. Obviously you’ll need to do research and search for quality items, but personally I’d rather spend $50 on an item that looks great and will last for a long time with proper care then spending $10 over and over again on an item that looks bleh and falls apart even if I take care of it.
What cosplays are you working on?
Red Sonja, She-Devil with a Sword, warrior woman of Hyrkania! This is my first armor build and I’m very excited with how well it is coming along so far. I almost have her scale maille armor/bikini completely woven with a touch of chainmaille accent. Right now I am working on braiding the leather cord that the armor pieces will hang from. It’s tough braiding the thick cord well and I’m trying to avoid getting blisters from it, so I’ve really been pacing myself. But it is coming along and I can’t wait to share the completed cosplay.
Where can people find your cosplays?
The only social media platform I currently use is Instagram, so check out my work on my page @tinycatkate! The only other option would be to look at them directly on my phone, but that wouldn’t be the most practical way to go about things.
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