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THG - Catching Fire: Wonderful! by Berpi
THG - Catching Fire: Wonderful!
For Book Character Day last week, I transformed into Effie Trinket again, this time in her Quarter Quell Reaping outfit from the Catching Fire film!!

It was a WONDERFUL day! If you want to know the deets, check out the journal I posted, but otherwise here's a quick run down of fun facts re: THE COSTUME!

FAQ (from the students at the school I work at):

Where did you get it (the costume)?
I made it all myself. ^^;

Where did you get the shoes?
I bought them from an op-shop/thrift-shop for $7 ... and then I painted them, and attached Plastimake claws to the wedges. (You can't see the fangs in this photo, so I'll try to post another brighter one later). 

How long did it take you to make it all?
I think about two months, working on it on and off(??!) I only started glueing butterflies onto the dress about a month ago, though. 

How many butterflies are there?
No idea! I ran out of feather butterflies several times, so I had to attempt to recreate about a hundred or so more by hand. D: The feather ones were all purchased from the lovely folk at Floraltrims. I highly recommend them (in particular, Evelyn, who was so friendly and helpful and patiently responded to all my crazy emails!) if you're ever in need of realistic-looking fake butterflies for costumes, crafts or art-projects! 

Where did you get the wig?
I bought it online, but styled it myself in only an hour and a half! I couldn't believe everything actually worked out! :')

What will you do next year??!!
NO IDEA! (I'm open to suggestions!!!!)

If anyone else has any questions, please ask! :D

Photography, edit and faithful costume assistance/moral support by :iconveleven:
Cosplay created and worn by me, aka :iconberpi:

:D

"May the odds be ever in your favour!" ;)
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THG Catching Fire - The library, all mahogany! by Berpi
THG Catching Fire - The library, all mahogany!
For Book Character Day last week, I transformed into Effie Trinket again, this time in her Quarter Quell Reaping outfit from the Catching Fire film!!

It was a WONDERFUL day! If you want to know the deets, check out the journal I posted, but otherwise here's a quick run down of fun facts re: THE COSTUME!

FAQ (from the students at the school I work at):

Where did you get it (the costume)?
I made it all myself. ^^;

Where did you get the shoes?
I bought them from an op-shop/thrift-shop for $7 ... and then I painted them, and attached Plastimake claws to the wedges. (You can't see the fangs in this photo, so I'll try to post another brighter one later). 

How long did it take you to make it all?
I think about two months, working on it on and off(??!) I only started glueing butterflies onto the dress about a month ago, though. 

How many butterflies are there?
No idea! I ran out of feather butterflies several times, so I had to attempt to recreate about a hundred or so more by hand. D: The feather ones were all purchased from the lovely folk at Floraltrims</a>. I highly recommend them (in particular, Evelyn, who was so friendly and helpful and patiently responded to all my crazy emails!) if you're ever in need of realistic-looking fake butterflies for costumes, crafts or art-projects! 

Where did you get the wig?
I bought it online, but styled it myself in only an hour and a half! I couldn't believe everything actually worked out! :')

What will you do next year??!!
NO IDEA! (I'm open to suggestions!!!!)

If anyone else has any questions, please ask! :D

Photography, edit and faithful costume assistance/moral support by :iconveleven:
Cosplay created and worn by me, aka :iconberpi:

:D

"May the odds be ever in your favour!" ;)
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HI HI!

It's been a while! Guess what? Yesterday I finally got to debut a new cosplay!
 
The school library I work at holds an annual Book Character Day as part of Book Week, and since I raised the bar so high last year by cosplaying Gandalf the Grey, I knew I had to dig deep and pull something extra special out of the bag.

Thanks to my incredibly supportive and understanding boss, I actually had some funds behind me to enable the recreation of this character. She realised that I had gone to quite a bit of effort and expense last year in putting Gandalf together and didn't want me to be so out of pocket for representing the library in our school community. She justified it as 'library promotions'. (PS I know how ridiculously blessed I am. My boss is wonderfully generous to me, not to mention exceedingly kind to be so excited to see what I come up with next!) 

So, what did I do for Book Character Day 2014? If you read the title of this journal, I'm think you might've already guessed

6e99ff7d15a5fcad7f055a9d6f6f368b by Berpi
(Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket in Catching Fire, Lionsgate)


THG - Catching Fire: Wonderful! by Berpi
Me!

I decided to reprise Effie Trinket, who I first did as a one-night-pull-together for BCD two years ago (my boss didn't realise back then how much I loved dressing up and only texted me about it the afternoon before the big day!) and this time attempt her gorgeous butterfly outfit from the Catching Fire movie. I don't know what made me think I could do it. It was fraught with mishaps and problems and running out of butterflies and having to create and hand-paint more myself, and I constantly had this sick feeling in my stomach whenever I worked on it, dreading that I'd get to the end of assembling the whole thing only to find I couldn't get it off the mannequin or over my body or something like that ... but, GUESS WHAT?!

I DID IT!

For most of the day, I was in a bit of pain due to the fact that I couldn't actually sit down, PLUS the shoes were a bit of a cow to wear. (The dress was just too fragile and sitting would have crushed the butterflies and/or ripped the pieces apart because of my poor craftsmanship of the underworkings.) I did manage to have 'shoe-breaks' throughout the day, though ... which was bliss ... but all discomfort and pain floated away in the thrill and happiness of the day. I felt like I was having a birthday. The kids were so excited to see Effie and lots wanted photos with and of me. Some teachers even asked me to come to their classes to greet their students in character, which I did with absolute pleasure! I'll never forget the sight of an an entire class standing on their chairs to look at me from their classroom windows ... or the sound of their applause when I decided to visit! :') Everyone was just so lovely!! 

The most beautiful thing about Book Character Day this year, though, was :iconveleven:.

She was such a kind friend/sister, waking up at 5:15 just so that she could travel to work with me and help get me into my costume (no easy feat!), put my wig and shoes on me and glue the butterflies onto my skin. On top of all that, she took it upon herself to follow me around for the day taking photos of me and the kids (in their super outfits!) I don't know how I will ever repay her. She really made everything possible and I just know I could not have done anything without her. She kept reminding me to drink water, take off my shoes, and gave me little prods to speak in Effie's voice when I was getting too tired to remember there were kids waiting to hear it. :) She carried my bags, held an umbrella for me when it rained and cheerfully took agreed to take photos of a queue of students on the phones they kept thrusting into her hands. Veleven/M was so giving all day, and I know it wore her out and that the Popcorn Chicken Snackbox from KFC is but a paltry/poultry offering of thanks (hur hur see what I did thur?) ... so I wanted to make special mention of her in this journal. Thank you so much, sis. :) I hope you know how much your help on BDC meant to me.

(And I can't wait to share with you some of the amazing shots she took!)
 
Anyway, just wanted to chronicle my joy while it was fresh in memory. 

God bless, guys. 
e/berpi. 
HI HI!

It's been a while! Guess what? Yesterday I finally got to debut a new cosplay!
 
The school library I work at holds an annual Book Character Day as part of Book Week, and since I raised the bar so high last year by cosplaying Gandalf the Grey, I knew I had to dig deep and pull something extra special out of the bag.

Thanks to my incredibly supportive and understanding boss, I actually had some funds behind me to enable the recreation of this character. She realised that I had gone to quite a bit of effort and expense last year in putting Gandalf together and didn't want me to be so out of pocket for representing the library in our school community. She justified it as 'library promotions'. (PS I know how ridiculously blessed I am. My boss is wonderfully generous to me, not to mention exceedingly kind to be so excited to see what I come up with next!) 

So, what did I do for Book Character Day 2014? If you read the title of this journal, I'm think you might've already guessed

6e99ff7d15a5fcad7f055a9d6f6f368b by Berpi
(Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket in Catching Fire, Lionsgate)


THG - Catching Fire: Wonderful! by Berpi
Me!

I decided to reprise Effie Trinket, who I first did as a one-night-pull-together for BCD two years ago (my boss didn't realise back then how much I loved dressing up and only texted me about it the afternoon before the big day!) and this time attempt her gorgeous butterfly outfit from the Catching Fire movie. I don't know what made me think I could do it. It was fraught with mishaps and problems and running out of butterflies and having to create and hand-paint more myself, and I constantly had this sick feeling in my stomach whenever I worked on it, dreading that I'd get to the end of assembling the whole thing only to find I couldn't get it off the mannequin or over my body or something like that ... but, GUESS WHAT?!

I DID IT!

For most of the day, I was in a bit of pain due to the fact that I couldn't actually sit down, PLUS the shoes were a bit of a cow to wear. (The dress was just too fragile and sitting would have crushed the butterflies and/or ripped the pieces apart because of my poor craftsmanship of the underworkings.) I did manage to have 'shoe-breaks' throughout the day, though ... which was bliss ... but all discomfort and pain floated away in the thrill and happiness of the day. I felt like I was having a birthday. The kids were so excited to see Effie and lots wanted photos with and of me. Some teachers even asked me to come to their classes to greet their students in character, which I did with absolute pleasure! I'll never forget the sight of an an entire class standing on their chairs to look at me from their classroom windows ... or the sound of their applause when I decided to visit! :') Everyone was just so lovely!! 

The most beautiful thing about Book Character Day this year, though, was :iconveleven:.

She was such a kind friend/sister, waking up at 5:15 just so that she could travel to work with me and help get me into my costume (no easy feat!), put my wig and shoes on me and glue the butterflies onto my skin. On top of all that, she took it upon herself to follow me around for the day taking photos of me and the kids (in their super outfits!) I don't know how I will ever repay her. She really made everything possible and I just know I could not have done anything without her. She kept reminding me to drink water, take off my shoes, and gave me little prods to speak in Effie's voice when I was getting too tired to remember there were kids waiting to hear it. :) She carried my bags, held an umbrella for me when it rained and cheerfully took agreed to take photos of a queue of students on the phones they kept thrusting into her hands. Veleven/M was so giving all day, and I know it wore her out and that the Popcorn Chicken Snackbox from KFC is but a paltry/poultry offering of thanks (hur hur see what I did thur?) ... so I wanted to make special mention of her in this journal. Thank you so much, sis. :) I hope you know how much your help on BDC meant to me.

(And I can't wait to share with you some of the amazing shots she took!)
 
Anyway, just wanted to chronicle my joy while it was fresh in memory. 

God bless, guys. 
e/berpi. 

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Berpi
SPIRIT GUM!
Australia
I am an amateur cosplayer. I pride myself on resourcefulness, and I believe in constructing, painting, creating costumes in the most inexpensive way possible. My favourite friends in the trade are op-shops, hot glue, spirit gum, and Rit Dye. I also love me some good Papier-mâché! I am a member of Mutiny Go! Cosplay www.facebook.com/MutinyGoCospl… a group which proudly hails from Perth, Western Australia, and also cosplay with my sister Veleven as The Wonky Pirates. (You can check us out here: www.facebook.com/TheWonkyPirat… !!)

Cosplays To Date:
Android 18 (Dragon Ball Z): Supanova Perth, 2009
Nami (pre-Grandline, One Piece): WaiCon Perth, 2010
Nami (Arabasta Arc, One Piece): WaiCon Perth 2011
Usopp (Strong World Movie, One Piece): WaiCon Perth 2012
Watari (Death Note): Supanova Perth 2012
Effie Trinket (The Hunger Games): Book Character Day 2012
Usopp ('Casual' Pre-Timeskip, One Piece): Christmas Cosplay Picnic 2012
Usopp (New World, One Piece): WaiCon Perth 2013
Tashigi (Loguetown, One Piece: Supanova June 2013/Yobe Cosplay ChibiCon 2014
Gandalf the Grey (The Hobbit): Book Character Day 2013
Donquixote Doflamingo (Dress Rosa, One Piece): Supanova June 2014
Effie Trinket (Quarter Quell Reaping Butterfly outfit, Catching Fire): Book Character Day 2014

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The Wonky Pirates www.facebook.com/TheWonkyPirat…
Mutiny Go! Cosplay www.facebook.com/MutinyGoCospl…

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BluePop-Corn Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  New member Student General Artist
I love your cosplays!!!:iconcarameldansenplz:
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Berpi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Thanks, BluePop-Corn! :D I'm so glad! 
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BluePop-Corn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  New member Student General Artist
You're welcome! :meow:
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FeatherQuilly Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Photographer
Hello there! I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday. Because of you, I became more open to the idea of myself cosplaying and I plan to do so this Halloween. You offered great advice, support, and camaraderie! Happy birthday - you deserve it!


2nd entry for liv's contest 
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Berpi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Thank you so much! 
I am totally honoured that you would say that. 
I hope I can be of more pep-talk help in the future - and I really look forward to seeing what you come up with! :D
:D xxx
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FeatherQuilly Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Photographer
Thanks!
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Scuoosh Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist
Hello mello!!  :peace::D

Happy birthday, Berpi!! I hope you had a great day!!!! :party: 
May all your wishes come true and stay happy as always!!!
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Berpi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Well hello there! 
Thank you so much! I had a lovely day with my family and friends! :D
You, too! 
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Scuoosh Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist
You're very very welcome!! Great to hear you had a lovely day!
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QuackingDragon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday! : D
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