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How to Dragon Con-ify your text

Yesterday I published my Dragon Con 2017 plans, and a question I got a lot was “Yo Andy, how did you make your text the same as the Dragon Con logo?”, so I thought I’d publish a quick guide if you wanted to do it yourself. If not, this blog probably...

Knolling: an exercise in attention to detail

Without wanting to sound like I’m tooting my own horn, the compliment that I receive the most is regarding the attention to detail I tend to put into my costumes. I seem to have developed a habit of replicating very small and intricate details very accurately,...

Is Facebook killing creativity?

As I’m sure you’re all very aware by now, Facebook’s share algorithm is a fickle mistress, and the reason behind a post becoming popular or disappearing into obscurity is still something of a mystery; but what I’m asking today is whether this...

Why I’ll spend £20 making something I could buy for £10

“Why on Earth would you spend £20 buying the materials and patterns for something you could buy off the shelf for £10?” This is one of many questions I get asked quite regularly, and for me and many other cosplayers, there are a number of reasons why we...

The blessing and the curse of the perfectionist

For me, being a perfectionist and someone who chases the smallest details is both my biggest strength, but also my largest downfall; and I’ve come to the stark realisation that I will probably never be truly happy with something that I create – but...

We all suck

Chances are, if you’re new to costume making, you’re going to suck. Don’t worry. That’s fine. To start with, we all suck. The question is, how long are you going to suck for? When I first sat down in front of a sewing machine, I had absolutely...

Cosplay is for everyone. Cosplay competition is not

It’s quite possibly a controversial subject, but after having the debate both publicly and privately over the last couple of weeks, I felt that it was a good opening subject to kick this blog off. Yes, cosplay is at its crux, an all inclusive hobby. It...