Damn, we are really on a roll with Cosplay Spotlight interviews lately. Last week we talked to DC cosplayer Kata and featured her Mortal Kombat 2 Jade costume, and now this week we have an interview with the gorgeous Tennessee cosplayer, Shattered Stitch Cosplay.
Shattered Stitch Cosplay is best known for her Sylvanas Windrunner costume from World of Warcraft and is the summer cover girl for BioGamer Girl magazine as well as the reigning Ms BioGamer Girl for 2013.
Read our full interview and check out the gallery after the jump.
Name: Shattered Stitch Cosplay
Location: Tennessee, USA
My name is Alexis and I run Shattered Stitch Cosplay; I’ve recently spread my wings into the cosplay community at large and am really enjoying the experience. I am the summer cover girl for BioGamer Girl magazine and the reigning Ms BioGamer Girl for 2013.
NSFW Gamer: How long have you been cosplaying?
Shattered Stitch Cosplay: I started cosplaying after I graduated high school. I got my start going to Anime Weekend Atlanta many moons ago – and the first competition I entered got me a Judge’s Favorite trophy, and that ignited a great passion in me to create and compete. So, as the Sun rises and sets – about 12 years.
What made you want to get into cosplaying?
I really like the technical challenge of taking something from a 2D world and making it a reality. Its like my own personal creative Rubix Cube. I very much enjoy all the problem solving of fabrication. I’ve always been a creative type – if you ask my mom, she’d tell you my favorite thing since I’ve been very small is “making”. Tape, glue, markers, and paper had to roost high at our house (until I figured out how to climb). I got into the fashion industry about 10 years ago or so – and took up an interest in design. It meshed with my love of gaming and took root with cosplay. It’s a great way to exercise your creativity and teach yourself real world skills. Problem solving, sewing, mending, working with tools – all great things that translate well into our everyday lives. Figuring out how to make things defy gravity, to work together in a cohesive outfit, how to make things adhere to my body (note: superglue should be a last resort of absolute desperation), and all the various creative thinking it takes to get from the concept to the finished product.
What’s your favorite costume to wear?
Sylvanas Windrunner. It was such a challenge; it just came together perfectly literally in the last hour. I actually got a bit choked up when I assembled her for the first time – which is a weird story. I get really ‘into’ the characters – I did a lot of reading on her lore, got really ingrained in her story. It always makes me so sad that most people forget she was a living, breathing entity BEFORE she was the Banshee Queen – and that her story is so tragic. I put the costume on, makeup and ears done, lenses in – and just stood in front of the mirror for a few seconds with a lump in my throat because I knew people might not recognize living Ranger General Sylvanas because she had for the most part been forgotten – and got hit right in the guts with feels. I can’t wait to see how she fares at Dragon Con this year. She is the first cosplay that I’ve really put just astronomical effort and resources into – so I’m really keen to see the reaction to it. Once I get Katniss done, I really think it will be an enjoyable piece to showcase!
What was the hardest costume you’ve worked on?
While Sylvanas was a nightmare for several reasons, my Whitemane costume was pretty awful, construction wise. The shoulder armor’s securing mechanisms wouldn’t work the day of the con – so I had to pull it all apart and then superglue the pauldrons themselves directly to my skin. That was before I knew how to use craft foam for armor, so they were made out of Model Magic and quite bulky. Sylvanas was my first experience using craft foam as armor – and then covering it with a thick marine vinyl. It was really taking on a lot of new technique; I was almost in over my head. It came together literally at the last possible second in the studio before it was shot for the magazine, hot glue was everywhere. However – I expect next years Dragon Con costume to be a complete horror that is going to make me want to throw myself in traffic. *wink wink*
What costume(s) are you working on currently?
I’m currently in a mad dash to finish Katniss’s Capitol Portrait dress for Dragon Con (where has the year gone?!!?) After that, I intend to try to start production on next years Dragon Con piece – World of Warcraft Priest Tier 8, with a special twist. I have several cosplays in my cosplay stable that are complete and ready to be worn such as Sailor Mars, April O’Neil, Childlike Empress, Max (Where the Wild Things Are), Scarlet Witch, and Slave Leia (always a fan favorite).
What cons do you attend and which one is your favorite?
I attend all the local cons I can like ChattaCon and ConNooga, as well as being a regular at Dragon Con. I ventured out to the Alabama Phoenix Fest this year and had a really great time. Dragon Con will forever and always be my favorite simply due to its size and the wide spectrum of entertainment – but as far as having a special place in my heart, the local cons reign supreme.
What’s your favorite part about cosplaying?
I really enjoy seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they react to the costumes I’ve made. Its an awesome open door for communication with people, and I love to talk to fans of the things I cosplay about their interests and thoughts. Last year at Dragon Con, I made a pretty obscure cosplay for the main day/parade. I chose Bêlit – Queen of the Black Coast from the Conan universe. It blew my mind how many people recognized her, and it was awesome when folks would run up and ask “Oh! Are you Bêlit? From Conan?!” – its always very rewarding to have even your most obscure works recognized and appreciated by its fans. I’ve always had such great experiences with the fandoms that it always makes it worth it. I love bringing fantasy to reality and being able to step out of my own skin temporarily – making things that are as accurate to the source as is within my skillset, and always strive to learn new tradeskills and creative methods. I enjoy being able to play pretend at the end of the process for a day, to be a magical person or thing, to be someone who has changed entire worlds and fought dragons.
What characters inspire you?
Sylvanas Windrunner (Word of Warcraft) – She stayed behind to protect her beloved city when the Scourge paved a wave of destruction through her homeland and refused to let it fall without a fight.
Cortana (Halo) – A most trusted and loyal companion, she ultimately sacrificed herself to save someone she cared about. Sassy, funny, and empathetic – Cortana was someone that we as players came to rely on and love just as much as the Chief.
The Boss (Metal Gear) – The Mother of Special Forces needs no other introduction; a woman so tough that she couldn’t be kept off the battlefield even when pregnant. The penultimate strong female – she created a fighting style, had a sense of honor which was a force to be reckoned with, and a huge influence on many of the game’s other characters. The CIA itself feared her for her charisma and overwhelming personality. There just aren’t enough words to describe how badass this woman was.
List your top 3 favorite video games:
World of Warcraft, Halo, and Castlevania.
List your top 3 favorite movies:
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Wall-e, and 300.
What’s your favorite thing about NSFW Gamer?
I appreciate the content ya’ll generate to a niche in the gaming/nerd industry. Sure, fan service is pretty easy to find out there – especially in the cosplay world – but the tongue in cheek delivery NSFW Gamer has on lockdown is absolutely unique. Great content, great features, and insightful commentary while being nonchalant.