I’ve been following Wyrdsister Creative for some time now, and I’m constantly so impressed with her skill level! Even when working with materials completely new to her, Wyrdsister still manages to churn out professional level costumes every time. Keep reading to see some of her badass creations.
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How did you first discover the world of cosplay?
I’ve been going to conventions and events since the early 90s, but the idea of costuming didn’t come to me until I saw The Lord of the Rings. I was looking to find a creative outlet and stumbled on a site by an American costumer called jedielfqueen. She inspired me to make my first costume a third age Elven archer from the second movie in the trilogy.
What would you say has been your most complex costume to date?
I’ve never really gone for simple, but Eowyn probably uses more different techniques than any of my other costumes, although Hela’s headdress was a challenge. Eowyn didn’t want to be left out of the war, so she disguised herself as a Rohan warrior to go into battle. The costume is as accurate as I could make it. I had to learn leather working, leather tooling and there’s metal work and a full tailored steel maille hauberk which took about 2 months to complete. I sculpted and cast the sword, which isn’t my best work, but it was my second costume. I was fortunate enough to meet Richard Taylor (WETA) who worked on the films. He commented that the costume could have “walked off set” and it’s one of my proudest moments as a costumer.
Do you have a dream costume you’d like to work towards one day?
I have a few, and the list always changes. Avengers Loki is probably one of those. All that leather working will come in handy for that one!
What’s your favourite part of the costume making process?
That’s a difficult one. I do like the research aspect. From figuring out how the costume is constructed, sourcing and identifying the fabrics, materials, paints and patterning it all. I’d say it’s the most taxing aspect but it’s so satisfying when it all clicks in place and you see how it’s all going to come together.
If you could give anyone new to the world of cosplay any advice, what would it be?
Enjoy yourself, have fun, don’t stress about it. Cosplay should be fun, no matter your skill level. We all started somewhere. Make it, buy it, wear it, enjoy it!