This time’s cosplay interview is with Teca! A cosplayer from Colorado, she has a ton of intricate costumes and a lot of conventions under her belt!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
My cosplay alias is basically my online alias from elementary school, Teca. My sister used to read me the Dragon Lance books and my favorite was Tika, but I didn’t know how to spell her name, so I took a guess.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve been cosplaying for sixteen years this September. My best friend invited me to the local anime con and suggested we make costumes because that’s what her older sister did at the sci-fi cons. I got totally hooked and never looked back.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I’ve really fallen in love with working with high-quality fabrics such as silk and wool. Nothing looks nearly as good or rich.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I want to work with more armor-making material like Wonderflex and Styrene.
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I like detailing that shows the costumer thought about everything; from patterns to material to lining to buttons to shoes. Every little bit should be important and have a meaning.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
I think that the scene can be a wonderful place and a pretty unforgiving place. It’s all about who your surround yourself with and how you conduct yourself within it.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I wish people were more supportive and just have fun with it.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
You should try to make friends with cosplayers who are more experienced and better than you. They can provide advice, support and perspective. It’s always good to have sempai.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
First and foremost is KomiKet, but that might be cheating a bit considering it’s in Japan. XD But other than that, I really enjoy Fanime and Anime Banzai. Fanime is a large con with friendly people and a great masquerade. Anime Banzai is a tiny con where I get to meet new people and just have the time to shoot the breeze.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
Can I give two? First is that my first historical costume was my Revolutionary America but I always feel the need to point out that my baby Fersen has a thousand hours of hand beading in it.