Originally from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, Jasmine studied Art and Design, followed by Photography at degree level. Getting into cosplay was partially by accident, her friends and her decided to dress up as One Piece characters to the first MCM Expo they attended and when they got there – realised it was a lot more than just fancy dress!
Jasmine chooses her characters based on varying factors, whether she like aspects of their design, or can identify with the character. Sometimes she gets asked by friends to be certain characters because she ‘looks’ like them, or they fit her character type. As for what convention to wear which costume to, it is usually dependent on what groups she has been invited to or have cobbled together. And we know there are endless amounts of cosplay groups on the internet for the novice or pro-cosplayer.
Conventions she attends include: MCM Expo, HYPER JAPAN, Ayacon and Amecon. She has also done promotional photography for both the Grand Cosplay Ball and the Cosplay Cruise, the latter of which she’ll be doing event photography for at the upcoming event on the 6th July 2013.
She also does private cosplay photoshoots where she collaborates with other cosplayers in an attempt to create images that look like they come from the world that the series is set in.
So far they include: Amaimon from Blue Exorcist (she’d never worn elf ears before and found his deadpan personality and the green spiky hair quite fun) and the Princess of the Crystal from Mawaru Penguindrum ( the hat from this costume is her pride and joy). The majority of the costumes she wears are made by herself, the ones that she hasen’t made (Haruhi, Himari’s coat, 3am Trickster Jade, Sougo) were made by her mum. Luckily she was born into a creative family so when she get’s stuck or starts to run out of time – help is on hand, whether it be with tying ribbons onto a hoop skirt or making a bow and arrow prop at the last minute.
Future costume projects she is working on are: Yasuho from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure part 8, Madoka’s magical girl outfit from Madoka Magica and Maria from Shinsekai Yori.
Advice to Others:
“I guess always try to give yourself more time than you think you’ll need to make the costume, try to buy shoes and wigs a long time in advance, I had one convention where none of my shoes for any of my costumes arrived so I had to wear random ones. Even if you’ve found the perfect colour material for an outfit, make sure it’s actually an appropriate kind of fabric for what you’re making. One time I was making a costume for a friend and I bought the material that was the perfect colour for the trousers, only to get home and find it was covered in a waxy residue. This made it really slimy to sew with and filled the room with smoke when I ironed it! Luckily after a wash the residue came off but it would have been terrible to wear if it hadn’t washed out!”