Cosplay Name: Islid.
Where are you from originally, or where do you currently reside? Switzerland.
How long have you been cosplaying? 3.5 years.
Which characters have you cosplayed? Jinx, Hextech Janna, Noxus Poppy, Honey Lemon, Rapunzel, Emerald Taric.
What inspired you to start cosplaying? Well, at first I didn’t really know what cosplay was. I knew a few people who liked to “dress up” as characters they liked, and I watched a few contests rather randomly. I had no idea that there was a community behind it, so when Jinx (from League of Legends) came out, I fell in love with her and decided to cosplay her. At that time, I asked my mom to help me and she ended up working more than me, haha. After a few months, it was done and I went to my first convention with a costume. I had quite some success and it felt so heartwarming to see people loving that character, just like me, and liking my interpretation of her. I really got more into cosplay and found amazing people who inspired me to work harder.
What do you do when you’re not cosplaying? I work as a graphic designer, but I also enjoy a lot of other creative hobbies like photography, drawing, reading and also keeping up with the local music scene.
Which costumes have provided the biggest challenge and rewards so far, and why? The last one I made, which is Emerald Taric (I still don’t have any good pics, but they might come soon, so stay tuned!). It was truly a challenge because it was my first time using EVA (I already worked with Worbla once before), and also my first attempt at sewing! As I don’t have that many projects yet, I wanted to try and use as many skills as possible, including LEDS and various fabrics. Even though the costume is far from perfect, I am really proud of what I have done for my beginner level, and I could wear it at the Cosplay World Masters Finale in May 2017, which was the biggest reward for a rather new cosplayer like me!
What is the best advice you would give someone new to cosplaying? Think well, plan ahead and try to make the cleanest job you can. Of course practice makes perfect, but I noticed that sketching and preparing myself by watching videos, looking at materials and fabrics, and asking questions ended up in cleaner costumes compared to just going for it and noticing a technique won’t work when I was already halfway through the process. Every cosplayer ever says that, but the most important is for you to HAVE FUN. So find what you like the most about cosplay (maybe it’s buying a costume and just becoming the character for a photo shoot, or maybe crafting but the spotlights aren’t for you), and don’t blame yourself if the result isn’t what you expected. It never is anyway ;D
What is one thing the cosplaying community can do better when it comes to dealing with each other? It’s hard to tell because we have such a great community here in Switzerland (Swiss Cosplay Family!). But I think improvement could still be made on the Internet regarding more sexualised or popular cosplays. I’ve seen so many people criticizing others because of a more sexualised version of a character. They are still humans, and sexy pics don’t make them less worthy of respect or admiration. ^^
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