What’s your name & how old are you? Henchwench, 32
How long have you been cosplaying? I suppose it’s half my life now! I first started at age 16. I stopped for a while when I went to uni (I was still making costumes there, just not for myself), but I pretty quickly got back into the swing of things afterwards.
What inspired you to start cosplaying? A whole range of things kind of coalesced over time and led me down the cosplay path, really.
I wasn’t exactly a “cool kid” at school, so like many other nerds, I took to geekery as a means of escaping being bullied. I feel like I was lucky enough to find “my tribe” when at age 14, my dad was asked to work at Weta Workshop on the Lord of the Rings movies.
When we first moved to New Zealand, I hung around my dad’s workbench after school every day, until one day Richard Taylor asked if I’d like a job. It was a pretty epic first job – mostly making chain mail and cutting leather pieces as well as doing some on-set standby, but I got to learn a lot about costume. And I got hooked!
That kind of steered me towards cosplay – being a part of this incredible community of ridiculously talented geeks making costumes. It absolutely came from a sense of belonging, and a total sense of nerd pride, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
What was your First Cosplay? My first cosplay, as most are, was dreadful. I made it in my spare time while working at Weta, and I really didn’t have much of a clue about making my own patterns or anything, so it gaped terribly and I was constantly adjusting all the drapery to make sure that the whole costume didn’t just fall off me. There’s a photo my mum took of me wearing it that I posted on Instagram some time last year.
What is your most recent cosplay? I tend to work on a few things at once! The most recent cosplay I’ve “finished” has been Siberian Front Zarya (from Overwatch), but I also spent a lot of time upgrading aspects of my Mei cosplay for the Overwatch World Cup here in Sydney.
What cosplays are you currently working on? I’m almost finished with my classic Zarya cosplay! I’m really excited for this one.
Who are your favourite cosplayers in the community? 3 favourite cosplayers in the community…? Do I seriously have to choose just three!? Seriously!? Okay, I’ll give a shout out to some of the incredible cosplayers who were at the Overwatch World Cup with me.
- Scrap Shop Props – these guys do exquisite work, and they’re also unbelievably helpful people too. They’ve helped me out a bunch of times, and whenever I have a problem to solve they’re usually the first people I’ll use to run ideas past. They deserve a lot more social media attention than they currently have, so go like their page.
- Astrokerrie – Kerrie is just cosplay perfection, and I feel like she’s a kindred spirit in the cosplay world. I love everything she does.
- Clutterfiend: She’s such a quiet achiever in the cosplay sphere, yet everything she touches turns to magic. She also works side by side with Piltover City Customs, who is another utterly phenomenal cosplayer
(see what I did there? Sneaking in more people? Breaking rules, yo!)
Who else do you want to cosplay? Literally everything I see. Jokes aside, I generally pick characters who have a pretty solid physical presence, since I have more of a tank-type physical build myself. So orcs, characters in oversized armor, tank characters – that sort of thing.
I am very much into gaming, so of late I’ve been cosplaying almost exclusively video game characters, and almost entirely Blizzard characters, because I have had a long, lasting relationship with the exquisiteness of Blizzard character design.
Next on my list, all things remaining equal, is Priest Tier 21 from World of Warcraft, because doing a spellcaster could be a nice change.
Tell us an odd fact about yourself! I never finished high school. Grades aren’t everything!
If you are heading to GammaCon this weekend say Hi to Henchwench as the special guest or at the many panels she will be on! But if you cant get to GammaCon then make sure you like her page on Facebook, and if you want to be featured in a future cosplay spotlight, hit follow and slide into our DMs