Cosplayn Jane

It has come to my attention these past few years that I really enjoy dressing up in costumes. October of 2014 I did what I dubbed the “Costume Challenge” where I wore a different costume every week day. If you are doing the math that is 23 different costumes! Now the stipulation was that the costumes were pulled from my pre-existing wardrobe/costumes (with the exception of the April O’Neill costume, which was rented) and props were created from supplies around the print shop I worked. So, some costumes are better than others…

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Growing up my mom hand-made our costumes and she taught me how to sew. However most of my costumes are more compositions than built/sewn from scratch (why re-invent the wheel?). My favorite costume that my mother made was Demona from Gargoyles only using my action figure and the TV show as references for the pattern. She surprised me at school and came dressed as Eliza Mazda. I barely recognized her in the black wig. Best. Mom. Ever.

I’ve attended many special film screenings, premieres, festivals, art exhibits, concerts, and fundraisers in costume. Managed to win a fair amount of costume contests, including one at Guzu Gallery’s “Icons of Horror” art show with my Ash costume and was featured in Gore Noir Magazine’s coverage of the show.

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Above are some of the highlights over the past few years. I didn’t really think of myself as a cosplayer, because I don’t use a lot of elaborate wigs or makeup. But I’ve come to embrace that title and am currently working on an official Cosplayn Jane website which will hopefully roll out in a few months. I’ve got an exciting collaboration project in talks right now, but that’ll have to wait before I can make any official announcements.

Until then, if you want to follow my costumed antics more closely, follow me here:

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“Weapon of Choice” Show

"The Half-Breed" March 2011. Some of you guys might remember this piece!

It was in the “Quentin VS Coen” Exhibit that toured New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in 2011. I made this piece of fiber art based on Gogo Yubari’s ball and chain weapon in Kill Bill using a combination of knitting, sewing, wet felting, and crochet. It’s going to be in another show coming up January 11-13, 2013 in L.A. at Design Matters. The show is called “Weapon of Choice”, and is themed around weapons in pop culture. If you happen to be in L.A. in January, check out the show!

Click here for the Facebook event. You can also check out the gallery’s site with list of exhibitions here.

“Quentin vs Coen” Traveling Exhibit Recap

The art show tribute to the films of the Coen Bros. and Quentin Tarantino opening premiere at Bold Hype Gallery in New York City had a line going down the stairs and around the block with people waiting for an hour and a half to get inside. After the NY premiere, the show traveled  to San Francisco, displaying at Spoke Art Gallery and then wrapping up in early October at the Beyond Eden Art Fair in Los Angeles where they showcased artwork by prominent contemporary artists. I submitted two soft sculpture/fabric art pieces that were representations of weapons from the films of these directors. The idea was taking a deadly and otherwise frightening object and fabricating it out of materials normally associated with pleasant, tactile experiences.

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The captive bolt stunner device from “No Country For Old Men”, that’s the apparatus Anton Chigurh carries around with him busting locks and skulls (it is supposed to be used for euthanizing livestock), inspired me to create the piece entitled “Sweet Deal” which is presented in a point-of-sale experience. Its made out of felt and cotton jersey material. The other soft sculpture entitled “The Half-Breed”, is a soft sculpture replica of Gogo Yubari’s weighted chain weapon from “Kill Bill”. After doing some homework on ancient Japanese and Chinese weaponry, it appears that the weapon Tarantino crafted for Gogo was a combination of the kusari-fundo weapon (think longer nun chuks) of Japan and the meteor hammer (resembling a mace on a chain) from China. This soft sculpture was displayed as if in the armory section of a history museum complete with informative plaque. This piece was created using crochet, knitting, wet felting, and sewing techniques. This show got wondrous press through several magazines, newpapers, and well over 80 websites/blogs. I have a couple links in the “Press” section of my site if you want to read up more about this show. I heard from the curator that the Coen Bros. made an appearance and Frances McDormand pointed out my piece “Sweet Deal” to them, and they loved it! I don’t think Quentin Tarantino made it to the show… I heard something about his lawyers checking us out though.