I started cosplaying sixteen years ago when I went to my first Dragon Con. I have always been in love with costumes. I was in theater and took dance when I was a kid and I kept all my costumes. I used them during my own made up dance performances to songs like “Hungry Like the Wolf” which I would force my family to watch. Halloween is my favorite holiday. The rest of the year was always just a boring interlude until October rolled around. So when I found cosplay it was a perfect match.
I have a history of working with scale mail, leather and spandex but the scale mail and the leather are the most relevant to my current project of Poison Ivy which after two years is finally finished. Even though I swore I would take a break from putting something together made out of tiny pieces, Poison Ivy came into being just like one of my scale mail designs.
Hey look—Ashbrie is back again! This time, I would like to tell you all about another Legend of Mana cosplay of mine: Kathinja.
(Photo credit: Panda Punch Photography. Elazul cosplay by Issu Setsu)
Kathinja is my most complex costume to date. She was one of those characters I have been obsessed with ever since I first started cosplaying 10 years ago. Kathinja is a very minor character in Legend of Mana, but what little we see of her, I loved: because what is there not to love about a sassy, badass basilisk school teacher?!
My name is Ashley, cosplay handle Ashbrie, and I have been cosplaying for 10 years. Cosplay is a wonderfully geeky, creative, absurd, and beautiful hobby that I just cannot seem to get away from!
My most recent project was Pearl, from one of my absolute favorite games of all time, Legend of Mana. Legend of Mana is such a beautiful game, with amazing artwork and designs and is extremely nostalgic for me—so it is not much surprise that Pearl has become one of my favorite costumes. I have cosplayed a character from Legend of Mana before—Kathinja, the basilisk school teacher—but in a lot of ways, Pearl is even more special to me, despite Kathinja being the most complicated costuming endevour.
On Saturday August 4th, several dozen cosplayers gathered in Maryland for a photoshoot organized by Emi Kio Ishly and sleepycreator at the Patapsco Female Institute, which is a historic site that is maintained as an interesting event space, in Ellicott City, Maryland.