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Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
10:03 pm
[ladycelest]
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
11:39 pm
[ladycelest]
Monday, September 21st, 2009
4:47 pm
[ladycelest]
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
2:59 pm
[maggie_kb]
Big Thank You
A month or so ago, I posted here looking for people to interview for an Associated Press article about costuming. The article came out over the wires today and I wanted to make sure you all had a link.

Thank you very much for your help and to all the people who were kind enough to let me interview them. We couldn't fit everybody's story in, but your help was invaluable.

Here's the link: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-SPE-Crafts-Sci-Fi-Costumes.html
Friday, August 29th, 2008
12:48 pm
[maggie_kb]
Reporter seeking con costume makers
Hi, my name is Maggie Koerth-Baker. I'm a journalist working with the Associated Press on an article about folks to design and make costumes of fantasy/sci fi conventions. I'm looking for crafters who are interested in being interviewed and maybe (but not necessarily) photographed for the story.

The story is for the AP's upcoming craft and hobby special edition, so the story will focus on people who are hand-making their costumes. Particularly those who use sewing, and other crafty skills, to put things together. I'm interested in how you do your craft and how you got involved in it.

One note, I will need to use your real name, age, and general location (city and/or state) in the article. If you're not comfortable with that, I totally understand, but I can't include you as a source.

If you're interested, or if you have a question, drop me a line. You can either reply here or email me at maggie (dot) koerth (at) gmail (dot) com.




**Oh, and I'm sure that by posting in communites like this one I'm going to be deluged with fabulous sources. Please don't take it personally if I don't have time to reply to everyone. I really do appreciate everybody's interest in participating, though, and I thank you in advance!
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
7:52 pm
[wednesdayjones]
Announcing Aetherica 2009 - A Fantasy Convention


Announcing Aetherica 2009 – A Fantasy Convention


We are proud to announce Aetherica, a new fantasy convention to take place in Chester, England on the weekend of June 19th – 21st, 2009.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in the centre of Chester will play host to a weekend of diverse fantasy-themed programming, ranging from presentations, costuming workshops and panels to craft workshops and team building activities. Just as fantasy ranges from fairy tales to complex epics, So Aetherica will offer everything from in-depth literary analysis to whimsical games.

Guests of honour include Peter Beagle, a superb author best known for his novel, The Last Unicorn who has been described as “America’s greatest living fantasist,” and Joe Abercrombie, a critically acclaimed new talent whose books have been labelled as “edgy”, “humorous” and “compelling, with a gritty, real-life feel.”

Join us at midsummer 2009, and spend a weekend celebrating all that is magical.

Current membership rates are:
Adults: £35 (until November 16th 2008)
Juniors (5-18): £25
Infants (under 5): £5
Please see our website (Aetherica FAQ) for more details on the rates and price rises.

For more information about the convention, to join or to book a hotel room, see Aetherica.org

Media Enquires: Wednesday Jones
Publicity@aetherica.org
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
5:19 pm
[wiccanslyr]
Darking Polyester
I am working on a costume for a friend and we found a dress that was PERFECT for what we were doing and would need very little modification (making my job much easier). The modifications are coming along coming along nicely but we have one problem. The color is a bit too bright red.

Is there a way to reliably darken 100% polyester fabric? We only need it to dark/dull a shade or two, nothing too major.

Does anyone have any suggestions on this or do you think we are stuck with the color as is?

Thanks in advance for any help.


While I am here I thought that I would also add that I have a bunch of patterns, fabric and costume pieces for sale on my LJ here: http://wiccanslyr.livejournal.com/327715.html that I think some here might be interested in looking at. Just scroll down toward the bottom of the entry.


X-posted to: con_costuming, con_masquerade, costume_craft, costumes, costuming, craftgrrl, dragon_costumes, fantasycostume, & sew_hip
Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
2:13 pm
[bovil]
Costume-Con 26 and Flickr: Spread the word!
The photo workflow office is back in Orange County, and is still working like mad to process the over 20,000 pictures that volunteers shot and turned in. It's going to take a few days for these to get uploaded.

But don't wait! There's hope!

If you're a Flickr member, and you shot photos at Costume-Con 26, please consider adding your convention sets to the Costume-Con 26 group photo pool. We've already got two members who have added their sets, but we would love to see more.
Friday, June 15th, 2007
5:51 pm
[bovil]
Friday, May 11th, 2007
3:07 pm
[bovil]
Now it can be read!

The second edition of the Costume-Con 26 Progress Report, *Seams To Me* (PDF), is on its way to registered members, which means it's now available to download from www.cc26.info!

Get the latest on our comfy hotel, our fabulous dealers' room, our stunning exhibits, and the eagerly-awaited Fashion Folio rules! Download the PR now, but beware – it’s so full of goodies it may take a little while to load!

You'll need the free Acrobat reader to view the downloadable version.

Of course, CC26 members receive a copy in the mail – if you’re not a member, you can register online and be sure of getting the next PR delivered directly to your door, as well as being able to get in on the education, competition, art, and pleasure of spending a weekend with fellow costumers and costume lovers!

Costume-Con is a premiere venue for professional and hobbyist costumers to meet, compete, share, and socialize. CC-26 takes place April 25-28, 2008 in San Jose, CA. Stay up to date with Costume-Con 26! Write us at info@cc26.info if you have questions or want to volunteer.

Please forward freely.

Costume-Con is a registered service mark of Karen Dick, used by permission.
CC26! Adventures in the Costume Continuum is a project of The Unconventional Foundation.



Just copy this code into your LiveJournal editor to repost, but make sure it's set to "HTML" edit mode...
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
1:28 pm
[bovil]
Reserve your room now for Costume-Con 26

Room reservations for Costume-Con 26 at the Doubletree San Jose are now open!

How to reserve your room for Costume-Con 26

Room rates are $92.00 for single through quad occupancy. You can to make reservations online at www.dtsj.com, www.doubletree.com or at www.hilton.com. Please use group code C26 to get the Costume-Con 26 rate. In addition, we will soon have a link from the Costume-Con website to our own personalized reservations page.

You can also make reservations by calling the Doubletree's toll free reservation number, 800-222-TREE (8733) or by calling the Doubletree San Jose directly at 408-453-4000 and mentioning Costume-Con 26.

...more information about special requestsCollapse )

Feel free to repost this information in its entirety.

Kevin Roche
Costume-Con 26 Convention Chair

Friday, April 13th, 2007
12:54 pm
[bovil]
CC26: Rates on the rise!
Been meaning to get your Costume-Con 26 membership before the rates go up? Well, now is the time to act: rates go up on May Day! (5/1/07)

Our current rate is $75. On May 1st, we hop up to $85. Supporting memberships, Kids-In-Tow and Youth memberships stay at the current rate. If you voted for CC26 in Silicon Valley, you may apply your $10 voting fee towards your memberships.

What are you getting for your membership?Collapse )

"Costume-Con" is a registered service mark of Karen Dick, used by permission.
"CC26! Adventures in the Costume Continuum" is a project of The Unconventional Foundation.
Thursday, March 29th, 2007
4:02 pm
[lehulei]
Save the Anime Central Masquerade!
Sign the On-line Petition to keep the Anime Central Masquerade in it's Saturday evening time slot!

Tell your friends!

x-posted like crazy.
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
12:31 pm
[wiccanslyr]
Help with latex appliances.
Hello,

I am looking for some help. I am going to be trying to make at least two [foam] latex appliances for two costumes that I am planning on doing for Dragon*Con this coming September and I am wondering if anyone knows where I can find, and can point me to, a good tutorial how-to.

Also if anyone else here has done their own appliances in the past and have any tips that they would like to share with me I would love to have them.

Any help offered will be most greatly appericated!

x-posted
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
12:53 pm
[wiccanslyr]
V for Vendetta Costume
Hello, I am looking to commission someone to make a V Costume (Tunic and Cape) as a gift for my BF. I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations and/or if anyone here does commissions themselves. I do not need the finished product until August so there is plenty of time. Any help offered on this will be greatly appreciated!

You can either leave information here in a comment or e-mail me at Wiccanslyr at yahoo dot com.

Thanks again

X-posted
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
2:15 am
[karisu_sama]
re: ABC's "Wife Swap" searching for costumers...
 
Caveats:

My family doesn't watch TV. However, I have heard from my many friends who HAVE watched this show that the basic premise of it is to put together members of families with radically different and often fairly incompatible lifestyles, so that much live-action TV drama will be generated. The more friction the better, and the footage is also edited in such a fashion as to make the people and any "confrontational moments" seem "wackier and wilder" than they really may be. It's not about "educational experiences", it's about ratings.

I've been approached by these people before, and politely turned them down. They were looking for a family that is involved with Cosplay - however, believe me, while I / we are fairly well-known in the Cosplay community, costuming as art and for theatrical presentation are not an "obsessive focus" of my family by any means. It is merely one of several types of extracurricular activities my family finds time for on occasion. It doesn't even come close to a "main focus" of our lives (that would be our Tech Industry jobs, and school.)

Whether they dangle a "carrot" of $20,000 or $20,000,000; IMO no such "bribe" is worth introducing stress, loss of privacy, and severe disruption into my life and the lives of my family and children.

Your choice:

Now, that being said, it's entirely anyone's own choice to agree to do this. I realize your mileage may vary. However, I might suggest, before being lured by a shiny money offer with an excess of exclamation points and some "free publicity", that you do your own research on the TV show and decide for yourself if you and especially your family can handle the disruption of TV crews in your own home, not to mention a stranger from another family with fairly free reign to go through your stuff. Be aware that however mundane and fairly normal your family may be IRL, it is possible that you may be portrayed through selective editing as "those weirdos with freaky hobbies." You will have no control over the cutting and editing of what you say and do before their cameras, and might be put quite out of context.
Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
5:26 pm
[sululoco]
From theatrical performances to dressing up for fun—I love costumes—who doesn’t!!!!!! It’s easy to get a pick-me-up on those days when I’m feeling a little blue simply by grabbing my feather boa or donning some funky teeth!!!!! Because of the joy that make believe brings to me--- I’ve decided to bring it into my professional life!!! I’m writing in hopes that you can help!!!

I'm casting for ABC's Wife Swap and We're searching for families who live love costumes or own a costume business! Those cast on the show are paid $20,000 and if you don't qualify but know someone who does, we do offer a $1000 thank you to anyone whose referrals are cast on the show!!!

Qualifications are:

1. You are married or have a Father and Mother figure living in the home
2. At least one of your children is between 5 years and 17 years

Please feel free to pass my information. I’m looking forward to hearing back from you!

--Susie
Susie Losco| Casting AP | ABC Television | Wife Swap
RDF USA| 440 9th Avenue| 11th Floor| New York| NY 10001
tel. + 1 212 404 2449| fax. + 1 212 404 1423
susie.losco@rdfusa.com | www.rdfusa.com
Thursday, September 28th, 2006
11:46 pm
[kive]
Masqueraders meet Conheaven. Conheaven, meet Masqueraders!
I'll be posting similar postings shortly to other convention-related communities, so I apologize if you see this a couple of times.

Awhile back, I started working on the idea of applying social networking technologies to the world of convention-goers. Think a mix of MySpace and LiveJournal, with a lot more functionality specific to people like us, and made specifically for con-goers and the like (conventions, dealers, artists, etc...). The idea has me pretty excited, and we're looking to have everything wrapped up for our "Version 1" release at ChattaCon, just a few months away (Version 2 is scheduled for release at Frolicon, over Easter Weekend of 2007, and Version 3 is tentatively scheduled for release at Dragon*Con, over Labor Day Weekend of 2007).

If you'd like to take a peek at what we're doing, our teaser website is up at www.conheaven.com, and has a lot of information on what we're up to, and what we do for convention organizers, con-goers, dealers and vendors, groups of friends, and even convention "roommates". More than anything, we'd love to have you around to give your input on what we're up to - and in exchange, you get the opportunity to help make ConHeaven into the best site possible - your home away from the con, if you will. ;)

We also have forums up and running (just opened them up to the public) at www.conheaven.com/vbulletin - they're kinda quiet right now, and we'd love to have your help in fixing that! =)

Anyways, I look forward to hearing your feedback and to seeing everyone soon!

-Chris
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
1:22 pm
[wiccanslyr]
Lighting Hair
Hey I was wondering if anyone could suggest some non-permanent ways to lighten Medium Brown hair, really looking to go as blondish as possible but the only experince that I have with changing hair color is the permanent type. Also looking for a method that is easy to use and easy to get ahold of outside the interwebs. Any suggestions would be most welcome. Thanks!

X-posted

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, August 19th, 2006
5:47 am
[cosplaycasting]
Scouting for cosplayers! Add this LJ if you like to cosplay and act!
AHOY MATES!

Tis Your friendly cosplay entertainment director that "themes" and creates "interactive entertainment" experiences for conventions. I know after this summer's movie blockbuster sequel there are alot of cosplayers with a renewed love for the character Captain Jack Sparrow so I'm wondering do any of you working on (or having completed) such a costume live in the Texas (specifically Chorpus Christi) area? We are looking SPECIFICALLY for a Jack Sparrow ONLY at this time. All other character slots have been filled for the production. Sorry. ^^; Becoming a part of the voulenteer cosplay entertainment troupe will gain you the following benefits!

- Free admission for all 3 days of the con
- Access to all backstage areas and break rooms
- Access to the Cosplay Troupe Green Room
- Access to emergency "Cosplay Crisis Equipment" in Green Room
- You will be provided snacks/drinks to keep you healthy and entergetic!
- The chance to work with and socialize with an array of special guests!
( Yes, they will prob. sign anything you want and you won't have to wait in line)
- Quote one of the con directors...
"We'll prob. let them eat with the guests at dinner as well." (more free food)
- Press, Publicity, and Photos galore for your on stage cosplay performances!
- A curteous staff ready to attend your every need for optimum performance!

What you will be required to do as the Captain:

You will absoloutely NOT be just standing and modeling the cosplay. That being said if your shy this isn't the gig your looking for. The ability to voice project is a must, sounding like the Cap'n is a plus, and you will be participating in a brief performance at opening and closing ceremonies... and then there's the obviuos. You need to have a Captain Jack Sparrow cosplay. We don't care what version, as long as it's recognizable and as close to accurate to the film's versions as possible. You will also be spending the majority of Saturday walking around carrying a large jar of dirt. If your interested, please comment in this club entry or the "cosplay casting" journal this post is being made from. You can also e-mail the creative director ( MissCeleste@galaxypro.org ) directly, or send an e-mail into the Asst. Director of Realmscon at ( AsstDirector@realmscon.com ) stating you are interested in playing Jack Sparrow for Realmscon's "Interactive Scavanger Hunt". You CAN be a cross player. (female Jack) We don't care. As long as you can pull off the look and the voice.

Convention Dates: September 15th-17th
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Desired Cosplay: CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW - POTC/KINGDOM HEARTS
Character Role Commitment: Will need you all 3 days of the con
Benefits: Admission, Food, Green Room, Personal Liason, Publicity, No Line/No Wait

Desired Cosplay Entertainer's Reference Picture

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Thank you for your time! If you have any further questions feel free to ask!

PS - Really Sorry if this counts as advertising/spam or wot not. Its not meant to be that way, this journal was created to assist the cosplay community by informing them when cosplayers are needed that are also interested in entertaining at cons. Just let me know if this isn't "on topic" enough so I can adjust my cosplay communities list to only those cosplay communities that are interested in casting calls. =)

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