Texas-based POC Cosplayer specializing in sewing, prop-making, and education
If you count the time she convinced her mom to buy her a jean vest and skirt to dress as Android 18 in the 6th grade, Ashweez has been cosplaying since 2000. If you don’t, she’s been cosplaying since 2005. Of course, back then, cosplay stores weren’t a thing yet, so she had to get by putting her cosplays together by modifying store-bought clothing items and making props out of the random supplies at her parents’ house or in her dorm room.
In 2010, she got a Brother CS6000i sewing machine. The first cosplay that she would sew with it was her Blake cosplay, which coincidentally was also her first time documenting the build process. It wasn’t until 2016 that she felt comfortable enough sewing to make her first from-scratch cosplay, Korra, which was her first cosplay contest piece. Since that first contest, Ashweez has gone on to serve as a judge at the Quakecon 2019 Cosplay Contest, win a Judge’s Award at the Animefest 2019 Cosplay Contest, and win first place in the Journeyman division at Anime Dallas 2019 Cosplay Contest.
Ashweez’s goal as a cosplayer is to give back to the nerd/con community by hosting panels and guesting at cons. She wants to continue to make cosplays, learn new building/sewing techniques, meet interesting people, and share whatever knowledge she can.
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