Over the years I have been lucky enough to have met some amazing people from all walks of life around the world, many of which have become good friends. Like many folks I love going to conventions and i am always bowled over by the sheer amount of passion that so many people show towards cosplaying, often spending many months of hard work hand crafting a costume from scratch. One of these amazing cosplayers is the very wonderful and talented Ms Samantha Fullerton and I was lucky enough to have a brief chat with Sam recently about her involvement with the cosplay hobby and more. Sam is a really wonderful and bubbly person, witty and intelligent and very talented and was one of the judges at this years Edinburgh Comic Con cosplay masquerade.
GW: How long have you been cosplaying?
SF: Two years though I’ve only done seven cosplays!
GW: What was your first cosplay?
SF: Cersei Lannister and I certainly plan on doing her again.
GW: Do you source all your own materials when making your cosplays?
SF: Absolutely. Most of my outfits can’t be bought so they mostly are made from scratch and have to be sourced.
GW: How do you plan out your costumes?
SF: It totally depends on the outfit. Sometimes you have to start building a structure before you do anything else. Sometimes it’s starting on a certain part because you have the materials on hand. I plan based on a vague idea and what I can get my hands on to start making it. The rest of the time I wing it! 😂
GW: What’s the one you are most proud of and the one you feel you didn’t get quite right?
SF: I think, despite not being finish, Marie Antoinette. It’s been the dream and it’s one I’m going to continue to improve. The one I didn’t get right was Margaery Tyrell. It just wasn’t up to par!
GW: Do you have any future cosplay plans you can let us in on?
SF: Haha yes! A few fan favorites such as Jessica rabbit, Lara Croft, Xena, Milady de Winter. There is so many! But I’m definitely going to do more popular characters since they have been requested.
GW: How do you handle those last moment problems that everyone seems to face?
SF: Hot glue or hair spray. If it goes wrong on the today I’m too Blasé to be troubled by it.
GW: What’s your proudest achievement in cosplaying?
SF: I do a lot of historical outfits and honestly it’s people asking questions about the eras and people I’m dressed as. It’s really cool getting people interested in history!
GW: How did you feel the first time someone stopped you and asked for your photograph?
SF: It was bizarre! Because they said they had been worried about approaching me in case I was as horrible as the character! Haha.
GW: What advice would you give to anyone just starting off in cosplaying?
SF: I would say that they definitely need to believe in themselves. I’ve had so many people tell me that they wish they could do certain characters but can’t because they can’t sew. And it breaks my heart hearing people getting ripped off buying custom made outfits. Anyone can sew and make their outfits and props! It might take some time and practice but I promise you you’ll get better. You just need to believe in yourself!
GW: Finally who are your biggest influences when it comes to costumes?
SF: Haha honestly it’s a combination of Vivienne Westwood, Adam ant and Sandy Powell. In the next few months I’m going to be focusing on my own original designs so you’ll get to see more of the punk meets historical then.
GW: So Sam apart from cosplaying, what are your other influences, in music, film, art, etc?
SF: Haha it’s cool. Music influences; Adam ant, David Bowie, the damned, def leppard, sex pistols, towers of London I also like a lot of instrumental and classic music. Beethoven, Handel, Thomas Tallis to more contemporary composers like James Horner and Rachel Portman.
Art: a subject I could gush at great length at! Frida Kahol, Peter Lely, Salvador Dali, Toulouse Lautrec’s brothel paintings are great. I also love local boy Frank To’s work too! He did a fab exhibition on plague doctors and his gun powder work is brilliant
I would like to thank Sam for taking the time out to have a quick chat with us here at Gamers Web, and you can follow her on Instagram and Facebook to see her amazing creations. I hope to bring you more interviews with cosplayers and costumers very soon,