This cosplayer has been part of the comunity for 16 years! Dont miss her insights!
What is your name?
Naurarwen Cosplay or Killer Frost from Team Arrow UK
When did you start cosplaying?
I went to my first convention in 2001 and started costuming not long after then so around 2001/2002.
Why did you start cosplaying?
At my first event I saw so many people dressed up as various characters and I decided it’s something I really wanted to do as well, when I was younger I’d done fancy dress at horse riding shows and it was something I always remember enjoying. I never realised it was something people did outside of horse shows and Halloween. So I went home and tried to think of a character I would love to be, my first was actually Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it was pretty much thrown together from a great height. But once I got the red leather pants on and black vest top I felt invincible.
Who are your cosplay idols?
Alyson Tabbitha, that girl honestly has mad skills and two lesser known costumers Sephirayne and Johnny Depp Alike UK.
What types of cosplay do you do?
I pretty much do anything and everything including book, television, movie, and game. I do have anime on my list but haven’t had chance to do my favourite yet!
What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?
I never say never for any costume if I’m honest. Even if it requires a skill I don’t know I’m always open to learning something new to make a costume I really want to do.
Do you make, buy, or special order your cosplays?
I do a mixture of everything. One of my Killer Frost costumes the only thing I bought was the wig, boots, contact lenses and 3d printed belt buckle. The jacket, skirt and top I made entirely from scratch, and I even modified a bra to have the added straps she has. The same happened for another version of Killer Frost where I made the top, jacket, pants and belts myself. So I have some costumes which are almost entirely made from scratch with the odd pieces modified. Even my Alice in Wonderland costume I altered even though originally it was store bought, but that was mostly down to time constraints. There’s always at least one piece of a costume I can’t make or modify myself such as prosthetics and 3d printing so I always have to outsource those. Luckily I have met some awesome friends along the journey of costuming who are happy to help out.
What do you love about cosplay?
I love the escapism of it. Plus the background stuff of making the costumes, sourcing the materials and thriving for perfection. I also love learning new skills, which I tend to learn 1 or 2 every year because there is always something on a costume that I’ve never done before. This year it was building the Heat Wave gun for my other half from CF100 which to be honest is a material I wasn’t overly familiar with, along with that I had to learn the best ways to seal it before painting and what glues could be used.
What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?
Sometimes the most difficult thing for me is actually committing to just one costume because there are so many I want to make. I admit sometimes I end up making several different costumes at the same time.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
I love costuming as Killer Frost from The Flash television show. I have several variants of her costumes now from across the seasons. I’ve recently put together a temporary Earth 1 version 2 which was recently seen in the CW crossovers and all I can say is oh my god it’s so comfortable even with the heels and coloured contacts. I have a lot of costumes that are favourites though, varying from really comfy, to not so much!
What are your “fandoms”?
Where do I even start? I’ve dipped my toe into many fandoms over the years and I admit I still have them dipped in now. From Lord of the Rings to Star Wars, The Flash and other CW DC shows to The Mortal Instruments. If I listed them all I honestly think we would be here all day hehe.
What is something you wish beginner cosplayers knew?
It can be really fun, you can spend as little or as much as you like on a costume (as long as its within your budget) and you shouldn’t feel like just because you bought a costume that you are any less worthy than someone has made their entire costume from scratch.
What tips do you have for other cosplayers?
Practice, practice, practice. Load up YouTube and if you don’t know how to do/make something try searching for it on there because nowadays YouTube has how to’s for everything. Also google is your friend! Also if part of a costume is frustrating you don’t be afraid to walk away from it for a little while and go back with a fresh set of eyes.
What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
That just because someone likes to dress up to show their appreciation for their favourite characters doesn’t mean they are a dork or childish. Costuming is for people of all ages from children to adults, it shouldn’t matter your age if it is something you love you shouldn’t be victimised for it which is sadly something that a lot of non-costumers do.
What cosplays are you working on?
I’m currently working on Mal from Descendants 2 and Margot Verger from the Hannibal TV show. Margot I need done for a Hannibal convention in the UK in Feb, but Mal is more of a “I’ll wear it when it’s finished” as there is a lot of detail in the costume so I don’t want to set a date and end up rushing it. There are lots of other costumes on my hopefuls list for 2018 but I’ll see how that goes as the year progresses.
What cosplays do you want to do if money or time were no object?
I’ve always wanted to do an Iron Man suit or Halo Spartan! Gears of War is also on the list but I think that is more attainable at the moment.
Where can people find your cosplays?
You can find me on Facebook www.facebook.com/NaurarwenCosplay and also on instagram @naurarwen
You can also find me as part of www.facebook.com/TeamArrowUK
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