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Oh my! by Berpi
Oh my!
Here's a little series of photos my sis Veleven was kind enough to take of me after I attended a Steampunk themed wedding back in October of 2013. I created the outfit from bits and bobs, opshopping in Fremantle with my buddy Liz. I borrowed the hoop skirt from Carina, another great friend. I made my goggles out of foam and shoe polish, inspired in part by something incredible DenBow created (from real leather, mind!)

It might not be Steampunk in its truest sense, but I did my best and had a lot of fun! 
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Skipping. by Berpi
Skipping.
Here's a little series of photos my sis Veleven was kind enough to take of me after I attended a Steampunk themed wedding back in October of 2013. I created the outfit from bits and bobs, opshopping in Fremantle with my buddy Liz. I borrowed the hoop skirt from Carina, another great friend. I made my goggles out of foam and shoe polish, inspired in part by something incredible DenBow created (from real leather, mind!)

It might not be Steampunk in its truest sense, but I did my best and had a lot of fun! 
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Stop. Watch. by Berpi
Stop. Watch.
Here's a little series of photos my sis Veleven was kind enough to take of me after I attended a Steampunk themed wedding back in October of 2013. I created the outfit from bits and bobs, opshopping in Fremantle with my buddy Liz. I borrowed the hoop skirt from Carina, another great friend. I made my goggles out of foam and shoe polish, inspired in part by something incredible DenBow created (from real leather, mind!)

It might not be Steampunk in its truest sense, but I did my best and had a lot of fun! 
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Mirror's Edge - The Runner by Berpi
Mirror's Edge - The Runner
Last weekend, M/ Veleven  and I went to Oz Comic-Con at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. M had dreamt of cosplaying Faith from Mirror's Edge for years, and we finally made it a reality! :) (Smile) I decided to cosplay Celeste. 
Although there aren't too many complicated components to Celeste's outfit, I tried my best to nail every detail and get everything as close to my references pics as possible.

The easiest part? The jeans were $10 at Kmart and required ZERO altering.
The hardest part? I made the gloves (Faith's glove, too!) completely from scratch. It was my first time drafting a pattern for a glove. It was extremely fiddly because of the rigid, denim material I chose for texture. I painted and drew in the details afterwards (although you can't see them here). 
The lucky score? The belt was $4 at an op-shop. It was exactly what I needed, except it was pink before I tampered with it!
The final struggle? The bag. Veleven was really excited about having an in-character, screen-accurate bag for us to carry around the con, and kept coming to me with big plans for foam and material and clips and stuff and I WORKED REALLY HARD AND KNOCKED IT OUT IN ONE EVENING! 

Anyway, I'll try to post some more photos later, and hopefully one with Veleven (who, as her very first female character, looked absolutely stunning!)
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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

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(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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catyuffie Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*GASP!* Thanks for the llama ;w; ) <3
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Berpi Featured By Owner 2 days ago
WELCOME!
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Cee-CeeTheHedgie Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness, I haven't been on dA (or talked to anyone here) in ages! Your Effie cosplay is fantastic and I really think that you did her justice :D I kind of went off cosplaying for a while, but recently I've been on a cosplay-making spree and will now actually get around to making the rest of my Strong World Luffy cosplay! Seeing your work has really inspired me again :)
p.s. What cosplay(s) will you be working on next?
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Berpi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Hi Cee-Cee! Long time no chat! :D 
Thanks so much for your kind words about Effie! It was a dream come true wearing that dress! She was so much fun to be! :D
It's great to hear that you might have started to feel inspired about cosplay again. It's fine to take a break! I haven't made anything new since Effie, actually ... which was for August last year. 
Coooool! Strong World Luffy! I love all the outfits he wears in that movie! :D
I have at least two cosplays planned for this year, but they're under wraps! The only hint I'll put out for now is that one is a man, and one is a lady ... and neither of them are anime-based!! O_O
xx
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Cee-CeeTheHedgie Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(I'm really sorry for the late reply, school has taken its toll recently D: )

It's no problem, your Effie cosplay truly is amazing!
Since you've sent me this message, I have made 3 cosplays from scratch - Kate 'Hawkeye' Bishop from Marvel's Young Avengers, Nu52 Nightwing w/ fingerstripes, and a Scarlet Witch cosplay for a friend! I'm also currently working on a cosplay for my little brother (Damian Wayne- Robin the Boy Wonder!) and hopefully a little Elsa dress for my baby cousin - my auntie thinks that cosplay is really weird and I want to prove her wrong by getting her daughter into it! *insert evil cackle here*

I'm really excited to see what you're going to end up doing, as it'll be interesting to see what route you'll take... :) xx
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Berpi Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Cee-Cee, that's awesome! I'm so excited to hear you've been feeling more productive creatively lately! :D 
Do you have photos of those cosplays online yet? I quickly browsed your gallery but could only see the Scarlet Witch progress pic ... :( I want to seeeeeee! XD
Thanks so much for keeping me posted! It's so cool to hear where you've been at! :D
I still haven't started those two cosplays I mentioned last time, but I *did* cosplay from Mirror's Edge with my sis Veleven for a recent con. It was fun, and a great confidence boost as I'd just achieved a healthy weight goal and felt a bit better about doing something midriff! :O
xxx
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Itachis-killer Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
hi there, permission to ask question about one of your cosplays
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Berpi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Hi there! Of course! Go right ahead! (Sorry for the late reply, Sabo!)
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Itachis-killer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
well its about your Usopp cosplay, its awesome and im going to be doing the same soon, Usoland actually so im wondering how you made the headphones (we're all busy)
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Berpi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Hey hey! I'm hardly on here, so again: I'M SORRY FOR THE LATE RESPONSE!
I actually found some really cheap headphones and pulled them apart and added bits and pieces of pipe insulation foam tubing! 
Then ... PAINT! :P 
That's it! 
xx
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