Capital City Ball 2014
It has been a long time since I have posted anything on my blog. I’m sorry about that. I’ve had a lot of life changing events happen in the last year. I’ve been working on my acting career, moving out on my own, adopting two cats (named Thor and Loki), and now working with some amazing women on a fantastic new endeavor!
If you follow my Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/StudioEingana, you have probably seen some of my posts concerning Studio Cosplay. However, if you haven’t, let me share with you this great new project!
Top Left: Sabrina (Katilist) Maizland
Top Right: Liz Gmaz
Bottom Left: Stefanie Hackenberg
Bottom Right: Daria Medved
Studio Cosplay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the DC metro area. This year, we plans to offer the best of both worlds in a new workshop by cosplayers for cosplayers. Members can collaborate with people they can relate to in a space they might not have at home using tools and equipment they might not have access to.
Basically, we are creating a makerspace specifically for cosplayers! Pretty damn cool, right?
My Cosplay Space at Home
My apartment is 580 sq-ft and it is really hard to manage with all my cosplay projects and my regular life. I know, for myself, having a space other than my home to work on projects, would be amazing and very helpful! There are a lot of people who are in the same boat.
A Friend’s Basement
I always wanted to have a place where cosplayers could come together and teach each other their different tricks of the trade. I used to call it a “Cosplay Party House Dream!” One of my favorite things to do at cons is to ask someone, “How did you make that?” I have been amazed at the sheer imaginative processes people have come up with to just make the simplest things to the most elaborate armors that I could only do in my dreams! I also noticed a large amount of people had such a desire to create something but didn’t know the basics of even threading a needle. I decided, in late 2013, that I was going to teach classes on the different aspects of cosplay such as sewing, painting, modeling, etc. I thought it would be great to help people express their artistic side and not be afraid to try new things and to make mistakes!
Evolve Booth at PAX EAST
2014 was my first PAX EAST! I’m a huge gamer and was so excited to join my friends at this convention…which was amazing by the way! We were able to support the amazing people of FrogDice (http://www.frogdice.com/) at their booth as well! On one of the nights, my friend Sabrina and I were chatting away in the hotel about all our cosplay projects. We had an amazing conversation in the hotel. She told me of her dream of having a place for cosplayers to meet up and I told her about my desire to teach classes! We both had a strong desire to bring cosplayers together and help them create! Thus – Studio Cosplay was born!
So……not only will Studio Cosplay be a “cosmakerspace” but it will also be a space that will offer hands-on classes for cosplayers across all skill levels, ranging from sewing to photoshoots to working with thermoplastics. Photographers and cosplayers will have a spot at the studio where they can use a green screen and capture their finished creations. The group also plans to provide emergency repair support at fandom conventions nationwide where members can glue up, stitch up, finish up, and rest up before diving back into the crowd.
One conversation in a hotel room ended up becoming a reality. As time went by, we both realized we needed more support and recruited the two amazing ladies; Stefanie Hackenberg and Daria Medved. We now have the most fantastic Superhero team that is truly unstoppable.
The studio will kick off a crowdsourcing campaign in early 2015 to fund the workshop’s first year of expenses, offering multiple “cosmakerspace” membership tiers to meet the needs of interested cosplayers and to fund subsequent years.
For more information find Studio Cosplay at:
We hope you will be a part of this adventure!