Shawna is a Hollywood costume designer who designed the awesome attire seen on Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Torchwood: Miracle Day, Cabin in the Woods, as well as other projects.
A member of the Costume Designers Guild, she has auctioned off pieces from her private collection (including several from Firefly), and even altered her own wedding dress to create the ballgown worn by Inara in the Firefly episode “Shindig.” She often includes flamingos in her work — sort of considering it a “Where’s Waldo” game, hiding them on ties, shirts, jackets, you name it. She grew up with comics, and feels that contributes to her sense of color and design.
She joins us for Con-Volution 2017 to showcase her amazing talent and chat with us about her design work.
Elizabeth Leggett is a Hugo award-winning illustrator whose work focuses on soulful, human moments-in-time. In February, she had her first one woman show at the Jean Cocteau (George R.R. Martin’s theater/gallery) in Santa Fe. Her clients currently include Skyboat Media (Grammy winning audiobook company), Incarnate Games and Rook Creek Publishing. Her work can be found in Spectrum22, Spectrum 24, Infected By Art Vol 3-5, Expose 12, WIRED, ImagineFX, Mothership Zeta, Lightspeed Magazine and more. She has been nominated for two Chesley awards. She was special issue art director for Lightspeed Magazine for “Women Destroy Fantasy!” and “Queers Destroy Science Fiction!”
In addition to illustration, Elizabeth plans to return to writing later this year. Her short story, Mercury can be found in Ravens in the Library, a short story collection that includes the works of Charles De Lint and Neil Gaiman.
Elizabeth, her husband, and their two cats live in New Mexico. She suggests if you ever visit the state, look up. The skies are absolutely spectacular!
Here are a few featured selections of Elizabeth’s work- you can find more at her website, Portico Arts.
J.M Frey is an author, actor, fanthropologist and professional smartypants. She discusses all things geeky through the lens of academia.
In addition to her novel Triptych, and the Accidental Turn series, Frey’s work encompasses poetry, academic and magazine articles, screenplays, and short stories. Frey calls herself a “professional geek.” Frey’s fiction work generally follows the conventions of literary fiction mixed with the tropes of science fiction and fantasy, and usually focuses on themes of personal merit, family, queerness, gender, and revisionist literature, as well as genre-deconstruction and meta themes.
Her academic work focuses on gender in science fiction, the anthropology of fandom (fanthropology), fanfiction and fanworks (specifically on Mary Sues and Cosplay), as well as the television programs Doctor Who and Stargate: Atlantis.
Based in the greater Toronto area, Frey works for Accessible Media, Inc. as an on-air personality. She has appeared at Toronto-area science fiction conventions and is involved with charity and community fan groups and initiatives. She regularly appears on radio shows, television talk shows, and podcasts discussing fandom and genre works.
She has her Bachelors degree in Dramatic Arts, and has her Master of Arts in Communication Culture, with her masters project on Mary Sue FanFiction receiving the highest score awarded by Ryerson & York University’s joint program. She taught English as a second language in Japan, and considers it a life ambition to set foot on every continent (3 to go).
She also has an addiction to scarves, Doctor Who, and tea, which may or may not all be related.
NEW YEAR, NEW SITE- AND CON-VOLUTION 2017 LOOKS TO TAKE ANOTHER “NEXT STEP” IN BECOMING THE KIND OF EVENT OUR ATTENDEES WANT TO SEE!
Every year, we get more and more feedback of how much everyone loves to get their hands in and make things, learn new skills, and actively participate in the programming they attend. This year, following our parent corporation’s big shift to an educational nonprofit organization, we want to find new ways to share skills and have fun doing it!
We want to provide workshop and active involvement opportunities for artists, for makers, costumers, writers- you name it! We’re looking for molding and fabrication, make-up tricks, art techniques, writing workshops, science experiments, poetry slams and songwriting sessions, collaborative exercises and costuming techniques- if you can teach it, we want to hear from you!
Please look here for the form to send us your suggestions BEFORE JULY 15TH, 2017. This is NOT a request for suggestions- we are actively looking for people to put forth ideas that they are willing to teach and present. After the June 30th deadline, the Events team will be going through the submissions, picking the ones that work best with our theme, direction, and capabilities, and will then contact the workshop leaders to confirm details, and place them on the schedule.
We will still have some traditional panels, and discussion groups, but we’re looking for a majority of our content to shift to being hands-on in focus, so put on your thinking caps, and bring us your ideas! Any questions about the process can be directed to the Events team at email@example.com.
LEE MOYER – Toast-Master, Raconteur and Man About Town.
9 RANDOM FACTS:
1 • Has spoken, lectured, and mentored at the Smithsonian Institution, M.I.T., National Zoo, et alia.
2 • Once caught the largest rainbow trout in the middle of main street with his bare hands.
3 • His Kickstarter White Paper and essay ‘The Elements of Illustration’ are widely read.
4 • Created the artwork for Amanda Palmer’s Nudie Pen.
5 • Work exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and London.
6 • 3 Literary Pin-up Calendars with authors N.K. Jemisin, George RR Martin, Jacqueline Carey, Ray Bradbury, et alia.
7 • Scrabble champion and fiend at Anagrams.
8 • The Doom that Came to Atlantic City (with Keith Baker) created FTC precedent on crowdfunding.
9 • Could talk all four legs off an Arcturan Mega-Donkey.
I have been costuming from the moment my mom gave me duct tape, hot glue and cardboard at about age 8 or 9. She always encouraged me to make things out of found Items and recycled materials and I built everything from tanks, space ships and robots for playing with, to my own costumes for halloween.
Fast forward to college. For my Film and Production class I did a Sci-fi film where my Mom taught me to sew some of the costumes for the Aliens and soldiers and the first armor suit I ever designed also appeared in the film. It was around this time I discovered Bay Area fandom through a Star Trek fan club. It is also where I was introduced to conventions and where I first met my wife Mette. When I went to my first convention all those years ago I was so wowed by all the fans wearing costumes that I felt a little naked without one of my own. I drove home that night and got one of the alien costumes I had made for my film and went back and wore it all weekend at the convention. It was so much fun and the community was so welcoming and diverse.
I tend to gravitate towards armor, weapon and prop construction but I also enjoy doing some sewing from time to time. I really do love the process of picking, designing and building a costume. It is a great feeling to select something that means a lot to me and create it from scratch.
Mette and I have now been costuming together for 17 years and we have built costumes together and solo, some for hall costuming and some for masquerade entries, but we always costume together and will help each other with advice or details. We both like to challenge ourselves, try new mediums, new tools and new construction methods. We find that costuming is a great hobby to express our fandom with the added bonus of creating wearable art. What a long crazy trip it has been to go from building costumes out of cardboard at my mom’s kitchen table to competing at the international level and judging in masquerades!
I love PBR, talking costume shop at a rapid clip and long walks down convention hallways. Come find me at the con!
Photo Credits: Christine Doyle, Bryan Little, Christopher Erickson
I moved to California from Sweden in 1995 and was delighted to find a vibrant fandom scene where I could immerse myself in sci-fi, which had up until that point largely been a solitary interest in my life. I especially took to the costuming right away, as dressing up was and to a large degree still is, considered a bit childish where I grew up.
The first convention costume I made was a recreation of Spock’s black tunic from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, a costume that is seen for all of 90 seconds in the movie. At that point all I knew how to do was sew and do a tiny bit of makeup, but in the 20 years since I have worked hard at improving not only my collection of costumes but also my skill as a costumer. For every costume I make I try to learn something new, acquire a new tool or play with a new material. I now dabble in a number of areas such as sculpting, mold making, leatherworking, foam carving, pattern making, sewing, wig modification, makeup, prosthetics, casting and painting to name a few. My costumes span a number of fandom areas such as movies, tv shows, comics, cartoons and video games.
I costume because it is a fantastic way to wear your fandom on your sleeve and to employ a multitude of creative skills to produce something with your hands. Wearing the costume is almost secondary to the process of making it for me. I relish the challenge of going into the unknown and designing, creating and problem solving all the parts that make up the whole without having a blueprint or cheat sheet for how you will get from A to Z. In the 20 years I have been at this I have gone from the shy Vulcan in the corner to someone who has made costuming a large part of her life reaching milestones such as braving the masquerade stage at Worldcon, traveling to England to train with the people that work on the special effects makeup on Doctor Who*, judging in masquerades, showing up on television and getting interviewed for Doctor Who Magazine.
But I cannot talk about my life in fandom without mentioning someone who is completely integral to my fandom life. Fandom has enriched and changed my life in so many ways: friendship, experiences and a sense of community and belonging, but the best thing it has brought me is my husband Bryan. We met through fandom, he proposed to me at a convention and together we have been navigating conventions of all sizes for 17 years and counting. We build costumes separately and together and we both love to nerd out about all things costume. And now we have the immense honor of being fan guests of honor for our favorite local convention Convolution! So please come find us at the convention if you have any questions/problems/tips/ideas or just want to hang out in general!
*Gorton Studios — Makeup FX and Prosthetics Creation course.
Photo credits: Richard Man, Chris Erickson, Christine Doyle, Mette Hedin
Mette Hedin and Bryan Little are well known to costumers, although many folks may not know who is behind the costumes. Here’s what they have to say about themselves:
Writing a bio for yourself is hard. Summing up your own accomplishments and personality from over 20 years in fandom without feeling either conceited or overly self deprecating is nearly impossible, so we decided to take the easy way out and make our friends do it! We therefore conducted a highly unscientific poll on Facebook to ask what 3 words people we know in fandom associate with us as fans and convention goers.
We received 102 responses listing 111 unique words and 8 three-word phrases. The 3 most common words, in descending order was talented, creative and fun. 73% of respondents described us with some variation of creative or talented. Surprisingly only 16% though of costuming or cosplay, and 15% correctly identified that we have hair. 23% thought we were some variation of “fun” but more encouragingly 40% of respondents thought we were the equivalent of “friendly”, “warm” or “welcoming”. 38% gave us a confidence booster such as “awesome”, “amazing” or “fantastic”. Only 10% described us with some synonym of “intelligent” and 5% questioned our sanity. Only 1 person thought we had class. That’s fair. Only 1 person found us sexy, (but we did also have 1 vote for gorgeous and 1 vote for adorable). We can live with that. 1 person thought we were Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and 1 person correctly identified our favorite beer. The word “badass” was used to describe us 4 times more often than the word “whackadoodle”. The most confusing 3 word phrase was “Heh heh. Yessssss …” and the laziest 3 word phrase was “what they said”.
So in conclusion, I think we can with a moderate level of confidence say that we are creative, friendly and fun costumers with hair. We are awesome but have a moderate level of intelligence and low sex appeal. We are Mette Hedin and Bryan Little and we endorse this bio.
They are actively involved in SciFi fandom (especially Doctor Who), and are avid gamers. Their costume ideas come from all of these interests. Mette is a bit more involved in prosthetics, while Bryan is more involved with props.
See their individual pages for more details.
Photo credits: Richard Man, Ric Bretschneider, Christine Doyle