This week’s featured member is Hana Smith. She brings to life characters like Harley Quinn with her talent in fabric crafting and make up. While her sights are set on doing makeup and costumes for a living, she’s incredibly happy now building her skills and learning new ones until then. Read on for some more of her other cosplay goals and interests!
How did you get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay and makeup effects 5 and half or 6 years ago, when I was 9 or 10. I was always very interested in the arts and making things, and I always loved Halloween because it meant I got to create a costume and be this character for a whole night. I found these cosplayers (TwinFools // FightingDreamersPro) years ago, and we started talking online about cosplay, and having role models that were older and into cosplay really helped kickstart me pursuing it more.
How many characters are you currently cosplaying and what are they?
I’ve got a few I do regularly, but I tend to make at least one new costume for each convention I attend.
My regulars are Harley Quinn, Mary Mason, and The Joker. I’ve got a few I’m excited to debut at future conventions in the next year.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far and why?
Harley Quinn for sure. Batman got me into cosplay(my first costume I made myself was the Joker for Halloween when I was 9) and so it’s really awesome to be able to evolve that and re-create those characters as I get more skill. Harley has been my favourite comic book character for as long as I can remember, and being able to channel that is so much fun. She’s an incredibly fun character, and such a badass lady(especially with the recent comics) so it’s really cool to be her for a day. Plus, there’s a lot of freedom to be had with her costumes.
What’s your favorite way to craft?
Sewing or fabricating. I absolutely love being able to start with a blank canvas, especially when I’ve designed the pattern myself, and then spend time and energy to get a finish product. For as long as I remember I’ve been making things, and so it’s cool that with cosplay I can start with nothing, and watch something fantastic grow because I’m making it. Sewing and fabrication are both great for me because they’re very tactile, which makes the whole experience a lot of fun.
What’s your favorite crafting item to work with and why?
Fabric! When I was younger, my mom used to sew a lot, and I kind of got into that aspect of it from her, so being able to grow up around crafts helped get my passion for them going. I like creating my own patterns for outfits and then being able to get the fabric and make the costume, it’s a really great creative outlet and helps me gain skill in sewing, etc.
What are your cosplay goals?
I’d love to one day be professional. I want to be a makeup artist or something in that business, and if I could use cosplay to achieve that goal(and continue to cosplay after I hit that goal) it’d be fantastic, but until then it’s a hobby, and it’s a great way to meet people who share my passions for comics, film, fandom, etc.
What’s your dream cosplay and why?
Blind Mag for REPO! The Genetic Opera. I saw this film for the first time about a year after it was released, and I remember my little brain exploding. It was – and still is, my favourite film after I watched it the first time, and while I’d love to cosplay everyone from that movie, Blind Mag always stuck with me. I’m trying to start working on a cosplay of her for Crypticon, and the feeling of finally being able to start on something like that is really nostalgic.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into cosplay?
Just go for it! It’s fun, everybody in the community is extremely kind and supportive. Even if some people tell you it’s childish, or say rude things, if it’s your passion you should go for it. You’ll meet so many cool people, and it’s really awesome to see a finished product. Anyone can cosplay any character, and if you’re even somewhat interested, just try it out. You don’t have to make your whole costume(or any of it for that matter), it’s just really really fun to go to conventions, etc, and be your favourite character(or a character you like) and interact and meet people. Don’t let others get you down, do what you love and do it for yourself.
What other interests do you have outside of cosplay?
I’ve been into the arts for as long as I can remember, whether it was drawing or makeup or making ”movies” when I was a little kid. I’ve been really into film and makeup and theatre for as long as I can remember, and I do tech work on theatre productions at my school, as well as make short films and special effects makeup.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
Graverobber from REPO! The Genetic Opera, hands down. As I said before, REPO is my all time favourite film, and I always connected with the Graverobber character on some weird level. I’d love to be able to sit down with him and share experiences, or just talk.
You can find more of Hana’s work on Facebook.