It’s time for another interview, this time with Andivi! She’s an extremely talented cosplayer from Spain, who is all about learning new techniques and having fun!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
My cosplay alias is Andivi! It’s curious because I didn’t choose it; a friend of mine called me that when I was in high school, and everyone calls me that since.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I have been cosplaying since 2013, so eight years! I started after my first time at a con. I was so overwhelmed by the awesome cosplayers I found there that I wanted to try too.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
My favourite part is always working with EVA foam; I love this material so much ♥! I find it so easy to work with it that I can go wild! On the other hand, I’m pretty bad at sewing, but I’m working on it right now.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m super excited for my Kaname Madoka cosplay because it is a 100% sewing project and I really want to learn!
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
I’m happy to see that it has changed a lot since I started. Now it’s super easy to start cosplaying and there are a lot of prefabricated cosplays for those who want to try this hobby. I really believe that we have created a great community where a lot of us can have a comfort zone to feel safe, nevertheless, we still have a lot to grow. ♥
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I hope a lot of problematic people who think that cosplay is pretty rigid and MUST be accurate in every sense grow up or simply leave this hobby. Cosplayers owe nothing to the rest and we can just do whatever we want with the characters and designs we feel inspired with.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Learn and search a lot on the internet! Please, there is plenty of information and tutorials out there, search, search and search more until you know how to make the cosplay you want! Then, if you have any doubt, ask another cosplayer, but not questions like “How did you do this WHOLE cosplay”. We can help you with questions like “How did you make this detail or which paint are you using here” etc.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
I love going to CometCon and the “Salón Manga de Bilbao”. They are definitely my favorite cons!
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
The fangs I made for Toothless (the dragon gijinka) are custom and I theoretically could eat even wearing them, but I’m super afraid and I haven’t test it, hahaha!