It’s time for another interview, this time with Yuki Cat Cosplay! She’s a newer cosplayer from Colorado, who enjoys creating original designs of characters!
What is your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
My cosplay alias is Yuki Cat Cosplay. My previous alias was Awkward Anime Queen, and I thought I had outgrown that name; I felt I should choose a different name that was mature and appropriate for who I was and what I do. I wanted a cat theme because I love cats so much. However, there are a lot of cosplayers with cat names and it was difficult to come up with something original. My best friend suggested Yuki Cat. Yuki is Japanese for snow and snow is another element I love. So, you put Yuki cat together and I’m a snow cat!
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
2019 will be my third year officially cosplaying. I had known about cosplay since I was a freshman in high school, but my family and I had been so poor that I couldn’t afford it. My best friend had invited me to Denver Comic Con in 2011; I really wanted to dress up and cosplay. So, I did a closet cosplay of Amy Pond from Doctor Who. This would technically be my first cosplay but I don’t really count it. After seeing other cosplays at the con, I really wanted to start cosplaying officially. I wouldn’t really start doing it until 2016.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I haven’t made too many of my own costumes, but I love working with foam. It’s fun to create with it. Heating up foam and watching it change shape is very satisfying. I made gloves for Mei from Overwatch out of EVA foam and craft foam, and it’s one of the projects I’m most proud of… Unfortunately I have no pictures because the whole costume fell apart. I also made the hat for my Nurse Joy cosplay from Pokémon. It took ten minutes and it was fun to put together.
What are excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m actually starting a pretty huge project that involves making armor. I’ll be using worbla and foam to make that and I’m pretty excited for that! Honestly, I want to try using all kinds of materials for my costumes; more foam, lights, worbla, different kinds of fabric. I want to try it all! The process for different kinds of materials is intriguing to me, and it’s something new to learn.
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
Honestly it’s hard to pick a few traits, because there are a lot of traits I see that are pulled off very well. I like to see cosplayers put their own twist in their costumes or design their own original design for their character. Jessica Nigri, Clockworkrose cosplay, and Gladzy Kei are a few who I know do this very well. They inspire me to make my own designs for characters.
What is your view of the cosplay scene?
I see a lot of harassment in the cosplay scene, unfortunately. Fortunately, I haven’t been a victim to the harassment, but I see it all the time. It really breaks my heart, and it’s been known to start wars between people. I feel like every time a conflict starts, it really causes people to voice their opinions and sometimes it leads to more harassment.
What are some of the things you want to see changed in the scene?
I want us to start respecting each other again. I don’t expect everyone to like each other, but if someone doesn’t like another person they should handle it in a mature way.
What is some advice you could give to people starting to get into cosplay?
I would tell them to make some friends who cosplay and shadow them. Learn everything you can from them, and then eventually you’ll develop your own skills. Plus, you’ll have a cosplay senpai who will be super proud of you!
Give a random fact about one of the costumes you’re proud of!
When I made Chise from Ancient Magus’ Bride, I was a beginner level cosplayer. However, my partner who was cosplaying Elias, was a master level cosplayer. So, when we entered the cosplay competition from NDK 2018, we had to enter in Masters. We actually won an award! I was so surprised and happy!