My Cosplay Workshop at the Nashville Public Library

Hey guys and gals,

I’ve had a very busy month!  Feels like I’ve heard that somewhere before.  😉  I’m so happy to say one of my planned events was to do a cosplay workshop at the Nashville Public Library.  I was very excited and nervous at the same time when I was asked to help out!  I didn’t know what to expect, but the thought of being able to give back with my cosplay, even just a little, was a really nice thought.  A friend of mine works in the Teen Center of the library and follows my cosplay work online.  She said she told her boss about my costume work and wanted to know if I would want to help out with different events they were holding for there very own Cosplay Month.  Scheduling around work only allowed me to do one Cosplay Workshop, but that was still awesome.

I was asked to show up in costume and decided to go with Yoshino, from Date A Live.  I am very proud of this costume and it’s not too difficult to wear or get into with little help.  A lot of my major costumes take a lot of prep work and assistance to get into.  I really wanted to fix Yoshino’s helmet under the hood that holds the ears up, but this didn’t happen because of course I ran out of time to get it done.  I figured I could handle the vise grip pain my head gets for the short time I would be doing the workshop.  I had my typical cosplay prep blunders and it took me a good while to get ready.  Does anyone else have terrible makeup days?  My eyeliner would not go on right and it looked like a person with tremors put it on.  I ended up wiping all of it off and pretty much had to start my makeup over again.  The weekend before when I was going out for lunch my eyeliner went on without a hitch.  I scrunch my brow at you eyeliner!!  So I got my knee high pink socks on, my boots and dress on.  I headed out the door with laptop in hand, costume box, change of clothes and the foam head I created over the weekend.

When I got there I was in awe of how nice the Nashville Public Library is!  If you live in Nashville you need to go in there and check it out.  They seem to have a lot to offer adults and children.  The Teen Center is on the third floor and it is very impressive!  The left side is more casual where the kids can hang out.  They have study rooms, two rooms with a big screen to watch movies on, a nice manga library and kids were playing Naruto on a big flat screen when I walked in.  Actually they were on it the whole time I was there.  😉  Kids after my own heart.

On the right side of the center is a high tech studio.  They have mentors with all different specialty skill sets who teach at the library and at many other remote locations around Nashville.  I’m still amazed and envious of what the kids could learn at the Teen Center.  Lets see…., video production, photography, sound production, robotics, 3-D printing, etc.  Anyone my age, who is cool, is saying, “Why didn’t I have something like this growing up??”

Since I’ve gotten a little long winded I’ll cut to the chase.  They had a table set up with basic materials out on the table for the kids to make some costume stuff with and a sewing machine.  I was all prepared to give a speech on how I work through making a costume from research to the final product, but I really didn’t end up doing that.  I mainly hung out with the kids and helped them with what they were trying to make.  I answered questions if they had them.  It was very casual which was nice.  I had my cosplay emergency kit out if they wanted to see what goes into it, my laptop with costume photos rolling and the foam head I made.  I was excited talking with the kids and the other mentors who were asking about how I made certain things and about materials and even talking about conventions and the cosplay community.  I felt like I spoke the kids language when it came to the “scene”.  I wasn’t surprised that some of them have been to our local Middle TN Anime Convention.

So I told my friend before I finished up that I didn’t feel like I did a whole lot.  She very kindly said I was great and if even one kid walks away and learned something or had there interests sparked then it’s a good day.  That definitely gave me the warm and fuzzies!  What a nice way to end the day.  I hope to come help out again sometime!  I might be able to go back again in the summer and possibly do something more focused like have the teens sign up to learn how to do a head casting or maybe a basic sewing class.  Who knows!  I would definitely like to say a very special thanks to my friend Rebecca and the other mentors who helped me out while I was there and it was just fun chatting with them.  🙂

So I’m definitely inspired to finally make a photo book with my costume photos in it and I’ve been working on it all week.  It would have been nice to have for the cosplay workshop.  I’m not sure how cool or uncool it might be to have Coscards made, but I’m totally getting some.  They are basically cosplay business cards.  They usually have your costume photos on them with contact info and it’s good to have them to exchange with people you meet or photographers so they can get in touch with you.

Okay, I’m off!  Have a great weekend all!

-Little Neko