Welcome to this wintery edition of Cosplayer Of The Month! The chilly season is definitely upon us now and we experienced it first hand during GeekFest 2017 right?? This is also where we got to know this month’s featured Cosplayer – Bronwyn from Chaotic Good Cosplay. She walked away with some of the awards from the GES Cosplay Contest and we wanted to get to know her a bit more and find out how she goes about crafting those amazing outfits….
Hi Bronwyn! Tell us a bit more about the person behind the cosplay persona?
Hi! I’m an electrical engineer by trade. I love making things and absorbing inspiration from everywhere!
How and when did you get started in Cosplay and why do you enjoy it?
I first started being interested in cosplay at Geekfest 2016 while watching the skits. I threw on a few things from my cupboard for ICON 2016 then there was no looking back! I did my first proper cosplay at rAge 2016 and immediately wanted to start the next 100 projects! The most alluring thing about cosplay for me is being able to take a whole bunch of crafts and hobbies that I enjoy and create one masterpiece from them! It’s really awesome to have a hobby which teaches you so many new skills
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of cosplaying? If yes, please tell us more about it
Plenty! With crafts I always have at least three projects going at a time! I knit my own jerseys, I love embroidering, painting and sewing, not to mention cooking and baking! I’m also a super big fan of many series and anime as well as a gamer. Whenever I have the time I also enjoy dancing, running and hiking.
We all know that cosplay has been become a very expensive hobby these days, do you have hints or tips for other cosplayers as far as cutting down expenses etc are concerned?
Plan ahead. You can save a lot by only having to buy from a supplier every few months. I always buy at least two/three items from a supplier at a time to make shipping/petrol costs worth it. Buying in bulk also gives you the opportunity to negotiate the price with the seller at many places. Also shop around. China mall is your friend!
What is the one thing that you try and avoid when making a new costume?
Leaving everything to the last minute! My work becomes sloppy when I am rushing and also then it isn’t fun anymore, it becomes more a chore than a hobby. Also if you are up the whole night before a convention you probably aren’t going to enjoy yourself as much
Every Cosplayer has a favourite part of creating a costume or something they are really good at, what is yours?
This is going to sound extremely silly but the planning of the costume. I treat each costume as a puzzle and think of different ways of tackling the problem before I actually start making anything. I get excited about all the different methods I could use. Planning is invaluable because it saves a lot of money if you know exactly how to approach the costume before you start and removes a lot of anxiety from the actual making of the costume. And having a backup plan is always a good idea!
Tell us about your most epic fail ever, whilst crafting a cosplay costume
Maya from Borderlands that I made for rAge 2016! I had never made armour before and messed it up completely so I remade it the day before and then needed to attach it to my leotard somehow. So at midnight I was slapping on contact glue where the velcro was going to go, using myself as a model not knowing that contact glue can give you chemical burns! Then at the con itself whenever I sat down my armour folded in on itself and created a nasty crease. And if things couldn’t get worse the side popped open and I had to ask a stranger in the bathroom to pin me back together. Fail! Haha! I learnt a lot from that experience though
Which character do you consider to be your Holy Grail of cosplays?
Erza Scarlet’s Heaven’s Wheel armour! I mean have you seen it? It’s amazing!
Which international con would you really love to go to and why?
All of them!!!! I think DragonCon is freshest in my mind at the moment though. They really had some amazing panels and some epic cosplays this year! So much FOMO!
Congrats on winning all those awards at GeekFest 2017! Can you tell us a bit more about your Nico Yazawa from Love Live cosplay?
Absolutely! I chose Nico because we (Triple Threat Cosplay) did a skit as Bibi from Love Live! We decided on the animal costumes because they are so cute and fitted the theme of the dance. My entire costume is made of black and white fur with a wave pattern rippling through it. I spent a lot of time making sure that everything was perfectly aligned, fitted and hemmed properly but my big magic trick was that the entire thing is pattern matched!. Yup, even the flaps of the pockets. It was my first time attempting this technique so I was really chuffed with the results. I also made my own pom-poms out of the scraps and styled the wig myself. Those pigtails were hard to get to be that bouncy but it was absolutely worth it!
South Africa’s convention scene has been growing leaps and bounds over the last couple of years. Do you have any tips for the other cosplayers as to how to stay comfortable throughout the day?
Think about how you are going to get into and out of a costume and how you are going to transport it. You don’t want to have to leave half of your costume behind because it didn’t fit in the car! Make sure you can sit down, eat and drink in your costume (as well as use the loo by yourself!). Do your research! See how other cosplayers have done the same character before and find out why because it may just save your bacon! Lastly bring a change of clothes just in case as well as eye drops and a LOT of water.
|Real name||Bronwyn Scott|
|Cosplay name||Chaotic Good Cosplay|
|Current home town||Johannesburg|
My favorite anime/manga from this list Naruto / Dragon Ball Z / Sailor Moon / Fullmetal Alchemist / Fairy Tail is
Why do you like this particular title?
Because it always motivates me to push myself and the feels are so real!
My favorite platform to watch or experience my favorite titles is – Movies / TV / Series / Books / Comics
Complete the sentence: I want to run after them and tell them that …… the cake is a lie!