Customer Spotlight: Seifer-sama


Seifer-sama

Wig style and color: 1 Jareth in Yellow, Dyed using our FW Tutorial

Photo by Sparks Mcghee


This week we interviewed our customer, Seifer-sama! See more of her work via facebook

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A: I started cosplaying in 2006 when a friend asked me to go to Anime Expo with her and a group of friends. I didn't even know what cosplay was until I started looking into conventions. I knew I had to have some sort of costume for my first con, but I'd never made one before so I had it commissioned. After the con was over I thought maybe I should try and make own cosplay for the next convention. I'd never used a sewing machine before or styled a wig, so it was a huge learning experience from there and has been ever since. I taught myself to sew, read tons of tutorials, and tried as many techniques / materials as I could. I love to challenge myself and have always loved dressing up, so cosplay very quickly became my new addiction. 

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:  I really enjoy the research part of the costume-making process. I could research fabrics, techniques, and patterns all day. You just never know what you might find. For the actual construction part of the costume-making process I really enjoy hand-embroidery and painting armor. I find both relaxing, therapeutic even. After a long day I come home, put on a movie or show, and embroider / paint away.

Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A: Right now I'm tied between my oldest costume Twilight Princess Zelda and my newest costume Jak from Jak 2. Zelda was the first costume I made all on my own and I've put a lot of time and effort into her. Everything was a new experience, from the armor, to the embroidery, to the sewing, to the wig. As I learned and grew as a cosplayer, I went back and made improvements to the costume. I think the best part of this costume is looking back at where I started and then looking at where I am now. I feel like it shows my evolution as a cosplayer.

Jak, like Zelda, was a learning experience the entire way through. I'd never dyed a wig before, made a muscle suit, made ears that large before, or attempted a plushie as complex as Daxter. I spent a lot of time pouring over concept art and screenshots, read a ton of tutorials, and tried to make sure everything was as close to the character design as possible. There were a few moments there where I wondered if I could even pull this costume off, but I stuck with it and finally finished it this last Fanime. It wasn't until I put it all on in the hotel room for the first time that I realized all those hours, struggles, and research were worth it. I'm so proud that I was able to challenge myself and push through it to make this costume.

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A: Apparently I cosplay a lot of blondes and a lot of red-heads because that always seems to be what I buy. My favorite wig colors would definitely have to be the Light Blonde (usually in Eowyn) and Apple Red (usually in Magnum). I wish I had more blue haired characters on my list because I love the Aqua color. For some of my upcoming projects I'd like to attempt some more advance spiking techniques with the Jareth wig and try out a lacefront wig!

Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:  
My advice for new cosplayers: 

Pick a character you love and would want to recreate, regardless of your skill, race, gender, or body shape.

Don't let someone tell you who you can and can't cosplay. Don't let your lack of knowledge or skill in a specific area stop you. We all start at the bottom, and you never know unless you try. Cosplay is all about trial and error. When you start out you will make mistakes, so don't be afraid to fail. Learn from it and then try again. If you get stuck, don't be afraid to ask for help. Most cosplayers are more than willing to offer help to anyone who asks. Do lots of research. As cosplay grows in popularity, more and more people make tutorials on how they created their cosplays / props. Utilize that! And most importantly, cosplay is for fun. Always keep that in mind and it will make sure your cosplay experience is always positive and rewarding.

 

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Written by Arda Harl — July 29, 2015

Customer Spotlight: Sniperi

 
Sniperi
Wig is a Jett in Fire Orange 
Photo by Okamisun

This week we interviewed our customer, Sniperi! See more of her work via her tumblr

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A:  
I first started cosplaying around the end of 2012. I had always had a huge interest in anime and cosplaying, but never really thought I'd be able to do it for various reasons. But as my college graduation gift, my parents offered to buy me a ticket to a convention of my choosing, and I haven't looked back since then!

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:   My favorite part of costume making...probably the moment it's done! But really, I'd say my favorite part is seeing something I worked hard on come together, like putting the finishing touches on a wig or sewing all those weird fabric shapes into something recognizable that I can wear.

Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A:  
At the moment, I think the costume I'm the most proud of is my Sailor Scout version of Hange from Attack on Titan! There were a lot of firsts for me in making it, and it definitely tested me more than anything else I've made.

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A: My favorite Arda Wig style would probably be the Derek. I've got three of them now in various colors, and I'm styling one right now, actually! It's super versatile, so it's my go-to for most characters with really short hair. As for my favorite Arda color, it's pretty much a tie between all of the greens and blues. So pretty!

Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:   My advice for new cosplayers is pretty much to just do what you love. No one starts anything and is automatically the best out there, so you might as well just do what you can and improve along the way. My very first cosplay was just assembled from clothes I bought, and that's fine. Some of my cosplays are partially made by me, some are entirely bought online, some are almost entirely made by me, and all that's okay too. The best thing about cosplay is there's no rules! Do weird stuff, do fun stuff, make alternate outfits and AU versions of a character you love. Conventions are the most accepting and fun places I've ever been to, and if the only thing stopping you from cosplaying is some kind of worry or insecurity, my advice would be to just jump in and go for it.

 

Written by Arda Harl — July 21, 2015

Customer Spotlight: BattyJuice


BattyJuice
Wig style and color: 1 Jareth and 1 pack Short Wefts both in 065 Powder Blue
Photo by PhotosNXS

This week we interviewed our customer, BattyJuice! See more of her work via her facebook

Q:  When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A:   I started cosplaying in 2010- until then I had no idea there were such things as anime/gaming conventions! 

Q:  What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A:   My favorite part of the creation process is piecing together all the weird & funky crafty pieces. I love trying out new materials and mediums to work with!

Q:  Which costume are you most proud of?
A:  My Perfect Cell cosplay from DragonBall Z is my pride and joy. It's a combination of all things I've learned over the years, with my own personal flair added for extra fun. Plus the entire thing is covered in sparkly glitter :)

Q:  Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A: I own a Derek in platinum blonde (with a matching bun- for TinkerBell) and I'm convinced I need one in every color. You can take that style and run in 246723 directions with it!

Q:  What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A:    Explore the web! Take advantage of glorious hashtags on social media! There are so many wonderful tutorials others have taken the time to put together for you to use! 

 

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Written by Arda Harl — July 14, 2015

Anime Expo Fury Road Wig Sale!

It was unusually hot driving through the desert this year so our wigs arrived at AX with a little bit of bag hair. As a result, all wigs at-con are now 20% off! Stop by our booth to take advantage of this sale!

Excess stock will be available online at discount afterwards. Feel free to ask our staff at AX any questions you might have!

Written by Arda Harl — July 02, 2015

Small Shipping Hiatus

Arda Wigs will be out of the office Friday 5/22 and Monday 5/25 for Memorial Day weekend. We will resume shipping on Tuesday 5/26. Thank you for your patience!

Written by Arda Harl — May 21, 2015

New Styles

 

Written by Arda Harl — May 20, 2015

Represent Arda Wigs Banner Contest! (Spring 2015)

Want a chance to be featured on our banners? These are the last few days to get your entries in! Click the image link above for the rules; Entry deadline is May 20th at Noon (Central US time).

Written by Arda Harl — September 12, 2014

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