Once again we are proud to bring you another edition of Interview with a cosplayer, and this time we stop in the UK just outside of London in a place called Reading. Word has it there’s a smoldering cosplay scene here about ready to blow and Celery Moon Designs is a big part of that movement. What’s so amazing about this beauty is versatility. She can easily pull off glam and pretty looks but can also veer completely to the left with her more off the wall designs. Lets give this rising star our undivided attention!!!
What is the Cosplay scene like in Reading?
Reading is in a great position as it’s pretty close to London and the big cons but also is within easy reach of a lot of the smaller local cons. There some good cosplay groups as well who routinely meet up to socialize in and out of cosplay.
What got you into the art of Cosplay?
I’ve always loved Halloween and dressing up and I remember going to my first MCM Expo in like, 2010 or 2011, and seeing all these people dressed up! I had heard of cosplay and had done a sort of Disneybound/cosplay at Tokyo Disneyland, I just didn’t realize it was a thing in the UK too!
Who are your favorite characters to Cosplay?
I love my cosplays of Odette Widowmaker and Elsa from a design point of view but personality-wise, Navi and Rapunzel have always been favourites. I also loved doing Hazel and Cha Cha a few years back and can’t wait to wear them again this year. There is something great about doing more obscure characters but even when I’m doing something popular like Poison Ivy or Elsa, I like to put my own spin on it. I’m part of a Disney Alternative Group and I love the freedom involved when designing a cosplay to fit their new theme.
Can you tell me what it took to make this particular design? (Time, cost, materials, etc)
Odette Widowmaker took a few months to put together, just because making a tutu takes time, and probably cost around £100 all in. Her headpiece was created using a mixture of clay and cardboard and her weapons were foam-based and painted. I usually try and get raw materials from eBay to save costs and I try not to go over £100 per costume unless I know I can reuse or re-purpose items.
Who/What is your biggest inspiration?
I am always in awe of the Disney cosplayers, the level of detail and variety that you see is just incredible.
What are the Biggest cons in Reading right now?
Obviously MCM Expo is the biggest but recently local cons have been popping up all around. OxCon is probably my favourite of the new cons but there is a cosplay specific one scheduled for Reading next year that sounds pretty epic.
Which one is your favorite?
I really enjoy the mix of talks, comics and cosplay of OxCon but nothing really compares to MCM Expo London.
What is your favorite cosplay moment?
Oh difficult! Showing Gerard Way our Hazel and Cha Cha cosplays, and him liking them, is a definite highlight but more broadly, just meeting new people and having great experiences at cons and on photo shoots is amazing.
What is your cosplay horror story?
I had a Princess GlaDos cosplay and it didn’t matter when I wore it, something would always, always go wrong. Definitely a cursed cosplay and has now been retired!
Where do you see the art of Cosplay in the next 5-10 years?
Comic cons have become a big part of popular culture and cosplay is linked to that; as long as comic cons keep growing, I think more and more people are going to be interested in trying cosplay. WR
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