We’re back like Jordan wearing #45 with another edition of Interview with a Cosplayer! and this week we talk shop with the lovely and award-winning Minnesota native Hanna Eva Cosplay. With contest wins at Wizard World Chicago, Madison and Minneapolis this Midwest baby is more than willing to walk it like she talks it when it comes to the competitive side of cosplay. By the way no photographer credits to be seen here, every single picture here is basically a selfie which adds photographer to her growing list of credits. Let us proceed with the festivities!
What is the Cosplay scene like in Minnesota?
There is definitely a growing number of cosplayers around here. I’m way more excited to find out a Facebook friend joined the cosplay community than if they were to become engaged or pregnant… and I can’t be the only one who feels that way.
What got you into the art of Cosplay?
I was given tickets to a convention as a birthday gift and that is when I first found out what cosplay was. I immediately fell in love with the community and I wanted to learn how to make costumes. I’ve been an artist all my life, and the idea of costume design as a new art medium to try immediately intrigued me.
Who are your favorite characters to Cosplay?
I like to cosplay characters that either have a really cool design, or they have enough room for creativity so I can add my own design. So far my favorite characters that I’ve cosplayed are Ariel, Megara, Maleficent, and Elsa.
Can you tell me what it takes to make a particular design? (Time, cost, materials, etc)
I wish I could say that I didn’t spend a fortune on every costume I make. I get lots of requests from people asking me to make my costumes for them, and my immediate thought is “No sane person would want to spend as much as I had on these costumes”. I work pretty much everyday nonstop on my costumes with few breaks to sleep, eat, etc. I dye a lot of my fabric too which adds to the cost and labor, but sometimes I just can’t find the right fabric and I’m not OK with settling. I usually have to dye at least one part of every costume I make.
Who/What is your biggest inspiration?
I am very inspired by art nouveau and designs found in nature.
What are the biggest cons in Minnesota right now?
Unfortunately, I haven’t been cosplaying long enough to know of or experience very many conventions. I’ve been to Wizard World Minneapolis, which is a lot of fun, and this Summer I am really excited to go to Chapel Con. I have also heard Convergence is a good con to go to but I’ve never had the privilege of attending it.
Which one is your favorite?
Around where I live my favorite con is Wizard World Minneapolis, and I am very thankful that I have been invited to be an Official Cosplay Guest a couple times there. My all time favorite con that I have attended though is Wizard World Chicago.
What is your favorite cosplay moment?
My favorite moment is definitely designing the costume. I absolutely love putting my own spin and creativity into each cosplay I create. It is definitely the most fun part of cosplaying for me. I will admit that when I am required to create a costume that looks exactly like the reference picture I go into a dark place and don’t enjoy making the costume at all. My motto is “I’m an artist, not a replicator.”
What is your cosplay horror story?
The first time I was ever an official cosplay guest was a pretty rough weekend. I was both sick and only had 3 hours of sleep in 3 days. I also had no idea what I was doing, but thankfully the other official cosplay guests were kind enough to fill me in on what to do. That weekend I really wanted to cosplay as Warrior Princess Peach, but only had 2 weeks to learn how to make armor and rush to finish it. I didn’t end up finishing in time but I still ended up wearing it. Throughout the day my costume kept falling apart and it was a nightmare. When I got home I temporarily fixed and finished the costume so I could wear it for a photo shoot, but then I immediately threw the costume in the trash. I’ve since learned from my mistakes and plan to remake my Warrior Princess Peach, and now I always have a cosplay mending kit on hand.
Where do you see the art of Cosplay in the next 5-10 years?
Cosplay is becoming so normalized that I can only see it getting bigger. You don’t have to be a cosplayer or costume designer to appreciate the art. It’s like Halloween every single day, and if that’s not heaven I don’t know what is.
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