Now, I have to admit that I had coffee with Giles and Vik over on the deck today, and he reminded me that my Imaginales photos were on a thumb drive upstairs in his loft office. But there was coffee to drink and donuts to eat, and that thought quickly fell out of my brain.
But, to make up for that lack, and with a promise that I WILL get them from them, I’ll offer a few different treats.
The first is a link rather than a photo, because when it comes to great cos-players, I think people should see the full spectrum of what they can do rather than just the one wonderful costume based on my books.
So, with great pleasure, let me introduce you to my new online friend, Michelle Marden and her website. Click on ‘Costume’ to see Malta’s Jamaillian gown. Here is a bit of her description of creating this:
“I made lots of hints at her association with dragons in the dress; down the length of each skirt panel are strips of silk with a screen pattern printed on. Over the top of this I embroidered white thread to bring out the pattern and then beaded over the top of this. The red insets are made of a fabric which I had printed with a repeated pattern from a photograph of reptilian scales. The large collar with the point at the back mimics the neck of the fringed lizard, and the detail on the front is little silver dragons.”
The next cosplayer is a friend from SupaNova. J was a volunteer for the Supanovas in Brisbane and Melbourne, where she not only worked diligently, she did so in costume and often in persona. So Cinderella was often the one who ran about keeping all the writers happy while behaving in a perfectly princessly fashion all the while.
More of J’s cosplay costumes and photos can be found at her Deviant Art site.
This second photo is the result of a last minute scheduled visit to a bookstore near Paris. Nath’à Lire is in St. Maur, and I made a short but wonderful visit there. Imagine my surprise when I arrived to see that the windows of the shop had been freshly painted. No, not the window sills, the glass itself, and with a magnificent dragon.
Oh, dear! I had several other nice images from that signing, but for some reason they are not showing when I upload them! I will give it a try again later.
And I will remember the Imaginales photos the next time I visit Giles’ office!