Being an older person and a devote fan of ATLA I really wanted to have a crack at Cosplay and it’s been on my to do list before I die type thing… so this year I decided, not getting any younger, time to do something about this….
We have a Kiwi version of Comic Con here in New Zealand called Armageddon, and decided that this is the year I’m going to do it… so I chose Avatar YangChen, one of Aangs previous incarnations – why cause I’m air by nature and love the Air Nomads… Also I studied Tai Chi for 3 years, and learnt Staff as a weapon, so have some of the moves down pat Also I have Water, Earth and Fire elements within me too, so thought Avatar YangChen is a great fit
So after trawling the net and finding any descent pictures of her, which there are a few, I took them to my friend who does my Druid outfits for me, and asked her to help me create Avatar Yangchens’ outfit… So after initial designs – me tweeking and her drawing up the pattern, making a few more tweeks, we then handed it over to her amazing seamstress who created the most amazing costume!!!
It is made of Cotton Lycra, so it breathes and stretches… Problem – colors – the material was all white – so dying was needed… getting the right color a nightmare, till an internet search helped me discover these guys here in New Zealand – The Color Factory… So with a few emails and pictures sent via the internet they offered to try to dye the costume to the exact colors needed…
So I sent it off… they dyed it… and sent it back at the beginning of the week. We needed it back asap so the Tailors could finish the collars and cuffs… it got lost in the post! Found in the post and raced off to the Tailors who did a fantastic job finishing it and getting it back to me…. The costume consists of an Under dress with contrasting cuffs and collar and an Overdress/cape with contrasting collar and contrasting waist belt – I stuck with 2 colors rather than 3 to avoid to much confusion at the dye company and also for the ease for my wonderful tailor
My first complete fitting was on Thursday Morning (21/10/10) and wow!!! it fitted perfectly and flows so amazing!
Next the accessories… The Staff – a friend cut out the template I made for him, then with the left over wood, I cut out a circle and created the pendant for the necklace.. Then I engraved the 3 swirling air symbols on the pendant, and then also on the staff…. Found a box full of macrame beads from long ago, that suited the beads on the necklace to a t and then hand made the tassels for the necklace. finished with light relief engraving on the side of the pendant of air swirls.
I found a pair of hugboots that were the nutural color and shape as Aangs boots, for $20 in a small convenience store of all places, leggings from an old pair that I use to wear years ago…
The Wig – I purchased skull caps, made of latex, and 3 long wigs, glueing the wig to the skull cap took 2 weeks to do… unfortunately the skull cap isn’t working out, so decided to go and get my head completely shaved! D- Day 22 Oct 2010 – wow liberating is understatement! Great timing – it’s our bandana for Cancer Kids fundraising and also it was my hairdressers last day at her salon before moving to another one… and it’s full moon! wow!
My story line will be that I have just come out of a long Meditation Retreat to continue my role as Avatar to guide Aang from the spirit realm… relating to airbender stuff that Roku can’t help him with… (a common thing that is done by the Tibetan/buddhist nuns when they come out of long retreats is to shave their head completely to show detachment to all with compassion and humility) and will paint with a body crayon the blue arrow over the top of my head and down my neck … Did dry run with the hands last saturday, and will again this saturday (today our time :))
The Event is for Sunday 24th October 2010 and possibly 25th Oct 2010. Will post pictures in my profile and on my facebook page for you guys to comment on… folk are requesting for pics now, but really want to leave that till the day
…By feeling all these emotions, it helps you understand how precious human life is…. so you will do anything to protect it. – Avatar YangChen