Cosplay Friday is a bit… Late again, mostly due to photography plans coming up and potentially some new models.
This week, we have the impressive Mary Mann, who’s a local Washington resident who creates her own cosplays. Some of her most impressive work comes from her Mass Effect and My Little Pony costumes.
Model Name: Mary Mann
Website(s): Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mannly-Creations/247357552014962
Deviantart – http://chochomaru.deviantart.com/
Q. What’s your name, and care to tell a bit about yourself
My name is Mary Mann, I am a seamstress and went to school for Fashion Design. I have an obsession with textiles, and collect plush, especially Pokémon. Throughout the years since elementary school I have tried to experience every art form I could, from drawing, to painting, to sculpting, to filming, and I ended up settling on artisan crafts and costuming.
Q. How long have you been cosplaying?
The first time I cosplayed was in 2007 but I didn’t actively start cosplaying until 2009, which was the same year I started sewing.
Q. What got you into cosplay?
I’ve always had this want to dress up as characters, and never had the chance to when I was little. When I finally sat down and taught myself how to sew, it really opened doors for me to get into cosplaying.
Q. Do you have any modeling experience?
Very small amount of modeling experience…mainly from fashion school.
Q. How has cosplaying changed your life?
Figuring how most of my current friends came from cosplaying, it has changed my life pretty drastically since I wouldn’t know them otherwise. It has also kept my creative cravings active and pushed me to my limits.
Q. What does ‘Cosplay’ mean to you?
To me it means friends. I mostly cosplay to meet people and be around people. So other than the costuming side of things, it means getting to interact with others.
Q. What are your plans for the future? Cosplay or Non-Cosplay.
Well my biggest goal is getting a house so I can have a garage to do the more complicated/toxic costuming processes.
My current costuming goal is costumes for next Spring. One secret costume, and the other is Pyrrha Nikos from RWBY.
Q. What’s your favorite cosplay so far?
It would probably be Princess Celestia mainly do to the reactions it gets from people and kids. I love making people smile.
Q. What do you think was your least favorite cosplay, if any?
My Link cosplay from the Legend of Zelda. Its not as much that I dislike the costume (even though it could have been more accurate), I just have pretty poor memories from every time I wore the costume.
Image 3 Nyreen Kandros (Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC) by Molly McIsaac https://www.facebook.com/MollyMcIsaac?fref=ts
Q. Do you have any plans to work with cosplay modeling or modeling websites?
No, I don’t think I’m quite up to that level.
Q. Do you have any future cosplay ideas?
Plenty, its just a matter of narrowing down the ideas and making sure I can keep them on a feasible budget. I will do something from Skyrim one of these days…
Q. How do you go about creating a cosplay?
I usually step into my sewing room, double check to make sure I have the supplies, and go. My inspiration spurts are pretty fierce and go away quick so I usually try to work super fast and try to finish the costume in as little time as possible before my inspiration goes away.
Q. What materials do you use or recommend to others?
I already use a series of fabrics, the one I do not recommend is costume satin from JoAnn‘s. It may be cheap, you may think it looks good, but it doesn’t, spending a few more dollars a yard to get Casa satin from JoAnn’s will provide a much better fabric for your costume.
I also use leather, worbla, EVA foam, craft foam, etc. They all work wonderful when trying to do faux armor. Leather can be expensive but it is actually pretty simple to work with and can get some great effects. But craft foam can also be made to look like leather as well. EVA foam is great for under structure shapes, it heat shapes well too. My biggest tip is to just experiment, experiment with anything and everything, you won’t ever know if you don’t try.
Q. Do you have any hints or tips for other cosplayers?
My biggest tip is to just experiment, experiment with anything and everything, you won’t ever know if you don’t try. I was afraid to sew, but one day I bought a sewing machine and some fabric and just went for it. Now look where I am. All of my costumes are mostly just free-handed. I just sat down and said, “let’s do this” and went for it.
Again, you won’t ever know if you don’t try.
Thank you Mary for being a part of Cosplay Friday, it has been great meeting you!