Featured In : 1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas (2013)

More book news! I have four costumes showcased in the recently published 1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas: A Showcase of Creative Characters from Anime, Manga, Video Games, Movies, Comics, and More, authored by Allison Deblasio, Joey Marsocci, and Yaya Han. The official blurb from the publisher:

1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas provides a broad and detailed glimpse into the ingenious artistry and attention to detail behind some of the most fabulous costumes you can find. Featuring costumes from popular convention-goers to professional craftsman, this stunning, photo-filled book by Joey Marsocci and Allison DeBlasio of Dr. Grymm Laboratories walks you through scads of your favorite characters as imagined and created by fans.

It is an amazing collection of exceptional cosplayers, including super talent Yaya Han, well worth the read! You can pick it up on Amazon, Chapters, and through a variety of other online and brick and mortar retailers. Very exciting!

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Featured In : The Star Trek Craft Book: Make It So! (2013)

I am very excited to announce that my Star Trek inspired Tricorder purse design, including a full pattern, tutorial, and my personal “log”, have been published in The Star Trek Craft Book: Make It So! by Angie Pedersen which was released April 30th, 2013. The official description from the publisher:

Create 25 unique Star Trek–inspired crafts with The Star Trek Craft Book! Whether you’re a “Trekker in Training” or a seasoned craft whiz, you’ll find a project in these pages to pique your interest.These fun, quirky, and even practical crafts range from accessories to décor to toys. Boldly experiment with a variety of crafting projects, including crochet, sewing, embroidery, felting, and much more. Each project is ranked according to complexity and skill level—from Ensign to Admiral—and accompanied by easy to follow instructions and photos. Full of Star Trek facts and imagery, crafty tips, and fun, The Star Trek Craft Book is perfect for Star Trek fans and enterprising crafters alike.

The book is widely available (including Amazon and Chapters/Indigo) if you wanted to check it out for yourself! There are many interesting crafts from other contributors and all kinds of cool facts and images from the franchise. What a great experience! I would love to be involved in more projects like this in the future.

Hello!

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I’m currently on an adventure, developing my personal aesthetic and for the first time in a long while I really feel like I am on the right path for me. It is very exciting and also scary to be out in the world presenting myself with my own name on display. Right now I am concentrating on being an independent creative which means developing my collection of artwork and brand alongside thinking about my long term goals. Part of this is trying out new technologies such as working on a Wacom tablet (a very long wish of mine) which you can see in the self-doodle I did above.

I’ve also been experimenting with hand lettering, which I have found I love doing! I realized that I actually used to do a lot of hand lettering when I was younger (think 8-13sh) and really enjoyed it then as well. It’s funny how you forget about things and a tactile experience prompts those memories to come flooding back!