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Hello! I’m Feytaline.
I’ve been cosplaying since 2001, when I made a satin atrocity version of Sylphiel from Slayers for Otakon, my very first convention. I’ve always been drawn to costuming, and bringing to life the characters I adore moreso than original works. When I was a child, I even did what is considered cosplay for Halloween twice—I was Dr. Mike from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (my mom’s favorite show) and Morwen from The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, my favorite series of books. I remember a woman answering her door and being ecstatic when I told her I was Dr. Quinn—and that’s the reaction I love to see from my cosplays today!
When I was really young, I would handsew new clothing for my dolls and make new ones. I also used to build them little log cabins in my backyard. I learned the basics of machine sewing in home economics in middle school, but didn’t have a working machine until 2003. Up until that time, I would borrow my neighbor’s—I was probably quite a nuisance! Other than those few hours of classes so long ago, I’m completely self-taught. It’s both a blessing and a curse—not having a traditional sewing background means I see things differently, and I can figure out how to make most things without a pattern. However, not using patterns for so long means my work has never been professional quality, indeed, it could get kind of sloppy. I recently have begun to rely on altering patterns more and I think you can see a real difference in the quality I produce.
Despite that, I’ve won several awards for my cosplay and was competing and winning as a Masters in 2008, which is sad because I cannot hold a CANDLE to anyone classified as that nowadays! My biggest award was a Best Hallway at Setsucon 2008 for my Zashiki Warashi from xxxHOLiC—which equated to a Best Weekend as it was against all the entries from both Friday and Saturday. I was absolutely stunned to win and I’m really, really happy with that award. Other awards include third place Masters for Warrior from Disgaea (Setsucon 2009), second place Journeyman for Raspberyl from Disagaea at Colossalcon 2008, and my first award, a judge’s choice for my Kairi from Kingdom Hearts in 2005.
From the other side of cosplay, I’m an amateur (very!) photographer. I bought my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel T3, in 2012, and it’s my most prized possession. I had one photography class in middle school, and used to use my aunt’s old SLR until it broke to take all kinds of pictures. My friends (including super awesome cosplayer Claire Max) and I would dress up and do “photoshoots” which are pretty hilarious looking back on them. I’m self taught, which can be very frustrating and difficult, but I absolutely love taking photos so it’s not so bad! I’m very shy in public, so it’s hard for me to even ask another cosplayer I don’t know for a photo, but at Tekkoshocon 2013 I did several photoshoots for complete strangers. While the quality was pretty terrible compared to a lot of cosplay photographers, it was a really fun learning experience and I’m excited to do it again. I will take pictures for anyone, no matter their skill level or series, because we have a shared love of this hobby.
I was a convention staffer for a few years, heading up Artists’ Alley for Tekkoshocon from 2008-2010, Hall Cosplay for Otakon 2008, and was a convention chair for Kurokiiro Festival 2009. Staffing was a mixed experience for me, it was incredibly stressful and some of the people I was around proved to be very negative influences in how I treated other people, but I also made some close friends. Still, I feel very relieved to have stopped, and I honestly never want to do it again.
I was invited to judge at Anime USA, Otakon, and Tekkoshocon, which was almost always a fun experience. I love seeing all the wonderfully crafted costumes in detail and listen to the stories of how they were made. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely I’ll be doing any craftsmanship judging in the future as there are so many more talented people who deserve the job!
Currently, my only con involvement is as an attendee or serving as a maid at cafe events with the Maid of Hearts Cafe, of which I am a founding member. My maid is Maid Lilly, a bright and cheerful girl who loves cute and spooky things! Being Lilly is a wonderful time, it’s so much fun to make people smile by playing games, dancing, and serving food! I adore my fellow maids, and I’m so happy we are rising in popularity. We’ve been invited as guests to cons in Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, and I’m so excited to attend more!
I’ve also been involved in Gothic & Lolita fashion for several years. I absolutely love dressing up, and I miss being able to go to the meets in Pittsburgh. I’ve run a few fashion shows and participated in more, it’s always a great time!
In more personal information, I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and currently live with my longtime boyfriend Jordan in Butler, which is about an hour north of the city. I have a cat named Booboo who I rescued from a railroad crossing (literally, on the tracks on the road!) who still acts like a cuddly kitten despite being nearly 13 now. I also have two African dwarf frogs named Harry and Tally, a snail named Mr. Snail, and a betta named Booker deFish, and recently we got a corn snake from a friend named Nijin (Jin for short). I love animals and if I could I’d have a zoo—I really want a lizard and a pair of doves, and, dreaming of course, a penguin and an alpaca.
My favorite genres without a doubt are horror and mystery. I’m very big into horror video games in particular, from PS2 classics like Fatal Frame and Haunting Ground to RPG Maker titles like The Crooked Man & Yume Nikki. My favorite series are Zero Escape, Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, Rabbit Doubt, Bioshock, Dangan Ronpa, Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni and Another, and I plan to or have done cosplay from all of them!
On the ligher side, I love the Persona games, Final Fantasy VI, Deathsmiles & other bullet hells (although I am absolutely TERRIBLE at them) and A Witch’s Tale. I also have a secret passion for otome games (HATOFUL BOYFRIEND!) and shoujo manga is a guilty pleasure. I LOVE visual novels, Steins*Gate and Ever17~The Out of Infinity are two of my favorites although I have yet to see all the endings!
In closing, I’m rather addicted to black tea and never, ever open a package of Oreos near me unless you want to see them disappear in record time. And if you ask me about my cat, I will talk about her for HOURS.
So that’s all about me! I hope to make a lot more friends through cosplaying, so please don’t ever be afraid to message me and say hi!