Customer Spotlight: Mango Sirene
This week we interviewed a long-time customer, Mango Sirene! Be sure to check out her Youtube channel here!
Q: When did you start cosplaying, and what got you started?
A: I first started cosplaying in 2007, I was Hermione for the release of the 7th Harry Potter book. I attended my first convention that year as well when I went to Youmacon for a day or two. It was so much fun, and I’ve been hooked ever since!
Q: What is your favorite part of the costume-making process?
A: Anything that involves painting. Something about having a paintbrush in my hand is incredibly relaxing, especially since painting is so methodical. I especially love painting armor!
Q: Which costume are you most proud of?
A: Right now that’s probably my Batgirl 2014 costume. I made everything for that costume from scratch, and it involved a lot of complex pattern drafting. Sewing isn’t really my forte, so to successfully sew a super-detailed motorcycle jacket on my own is something I’m definitely proud of accomplishing!
Q: Do you have a favorite Arda Wig style and/or color?
A: I have an armada of Jeannies; I think the total is up to 12 or 13 now. But surprisingly my favorite Arda wig is actually the Rufio! I have one in Apple Red and it’s my favorite wig. I wish I could have a faux hawk in “real life”!
Q: What advice do you have for new cosplayers getting into the hobby?
A: Don’t be afraid of pushing your comfort level in terms of craftsmanship! Even if a project looks super intimidating, let yourself take a stab at it. I wish I’d gotten involved with serious prop-work earlier because I’m still learning a lot of the skills necessary to create more complex props.
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