Note: Due to scheduling conflicts, Evil Ted Smith will no longer be able to attend MCA 2015. You can still check out some of his tutorials at https://www.youtube.com/user/evilted40
Synchro Hearts (Malindachan & Ex-Shadow; Malinda & Kyle Mathis)
When Malinda first got into cosplay in 2004, she never expected it would have such an impact on her lifestyle. Always a crafty individual, she found cosplay to be the perfect outlet for her urge to make geeky things that looked cool. She especially loves styling wigs and giving back to the cosplay community through her tutorials. Over the years Malinda has been featured in various publications and won several awards for her craftsmanship and performances. Originally from JC Missouri, she’s currently living the dream working for Arda Wigs up in Chicago.
Ex-Shadow has been cosplaying since 2004, and has attended dozens of conventions and events throughout the United States since he first started. To him, cosplay is an art; it is a way of breathing life into his favorite characters. His specialty is Mascots and props, but he’s no stranger to sewing either. He always strives to improve his costuming skills, and he loves to pass on anything he learns along the way. He has judged cosplay competitions at numerous events, won many awards for his costumes, and hosts costuming panels and workshops with his wife Malindachan.
- Wig Styling – Basic
- Advanced Wig Styling – Intermediate
Andrea Schewe is a freelance designer who has been contracted with the Simplicity Pattern Company for over 20 years. She, also, designed for McCall’s for about ﬁve years and at the same time worked for many toy companies as a designer and model maker developing all kinds of cloth toys from plush animals to fashion doll clothes. Her background is in theatrical costuming, learning from her mother at a college in California and then working in the professional costume shops in New York. In her off hours, she stays involved with the theater by costuming for community and school theaters where she lives. Be sure to check out her website and blog at http://www.andreaschewedesign.com/
- The Secrets Underneath (Presentation)
- What Size am I? (Presentation)
- How to Combine Commercial Patterns (Hands-On Workshop)
Sheila Lenkman is primarily known for her work at Archon, the Midwest’s biggest and oldest regional Sci-Fi and Fantasy convention, held annually in the St. Louis area. For the past 15 years, she and her husband Scott Corwin have run the Archon Masquerade, a costume contest with full theatrical production, which has a national reputation as a venue for amateur costumers to compete and get noticed. Since 1995, her main employer has been The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. For ten years she was First Hand to the Head Draper, then, after the birth of her son, she was given the daunting task of maintaining the inventory of costumes at their warehouse, and creating a rental business from the vast stock of costumes owned by the theatre. As Costume Rentals Coordinator, she worked with other theatres in St. Louis and around the country, from community theatres in Maine to opera companies in San Diego. She has also worked on costumes for many other local theatres, including 7 seasons with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Other costume jobs include film work, custom bridal and pageant dresses, and working on a costume repair crew for Disney’s The Lion King, the musical road show. In 1992 she received a BFA in technical theatre (emphasis in stage management and costume design) from Fontbonne College. She taught one semester of Advanced Sewing Techniques for the Conservatory Theatre Program at Webster University, has guest lectured for the Theatre Arts program at Fontbonne University, and has taught seminars on tailoring techniques at various costume-oriented conventions around the country.
- Sewing with Sheila: Sleeves!
- Sewing with Sheila: Buttons, snaps, Velcro, oh my! Which Closure to use?
- Sewing with Sheila: The sewing machine, for complete beginners!
Ben Watkins – Aterman Props
Aterman Props is owned and operated by Ben Watkins. Ben teaches Building Systems Lab at University of Missouri, where students get hands on 3D design daily. Ben has used his experience and skills in design and fabrication to begin prop and costume building. Recently, Aterman Props created a Rocket Raccoon cosplay that incorporated use of EVA foam in many different styles and applications. Aterman Props will be teaching Foam-Smithing 101 during the event. For photos and more information, please visit Aterman Props online at http://atermanprops.com
- Foam-Smithing 101
Desiree was taught to sew by her grandmother, a master seamstress and quilter, and she has been making her own Halloween and belly dance costume pieces for many years. She finds the creative challenge of breaking down and figuring out complex costumes with multiple components and techniques rewarding, and loves having the ability to bring to life her favorite characters.
- Advanced Worbla Techniques
Hayden Brown (aka Alexa Heart)
Hayden has been costuming for several years, but discovered the cosplay community in the past few years. Loving a challenge, she dove in head first to learn to create her favorite pop culture characters. Armed with skills developed in the auto industry, she has taken those skills and applied them to creating various costumes ranging from body suits to full armor suits.
- Advanced Worbla Techniques
Cynda Galikin teaches Costuming and Makeup, Costume Design I -IV and the Summer Theatre Institute class Puppet Making—How Many Ways Can You Wear a Duck? She has served at Okoboji Summer Theatre as draper for INTO THE WOODS, the prosthetic artist for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2010), and the costume designer for THE GLASS MENAGERIE (2011). Recent costume designs seen at Stephens’ Macklanburg Playhouse have been, A CATERED AFFAIR (Fall 2013), RESPECT (Spring 2014), and The Light in the Piazza (Fall 2014). Her specialty craft work have been seen on the stages of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, The St. Louis Black Repertory Company, St. Louis Shakespeare Company, Stages St. Louis, The Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre, and many other St. Louis theatre companies. Cynda’s most recent professional millinery work has been featured in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s productions of MARY STUART, LES MISERABLES, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and TITUS ANDRONICUS.
- Fosshape Victorian Top Hat
A graphic designer by trade, he got into costuming by chance. In 2009 I decided I really wanted to do something crazy, so I did. My creativity at the time was something to be desired, but the response really made me want to do more. Since then, I have built several costumes and props from several different mediums. Completely self taught, I started with smaller movie accurate props that turned out golden on a copper budget. That set the stage for where I am currently, and where I want to go. I am fluent in both freehand and pepakura building techniques. I like freehand much more, because it shows your true talent, but pep can be just as challenging. Over the last year or so, I have created a desire to get into makeup as well as fabrication. I am self taught in the art of casting, molding and applying appliances and prosthetics as well as beauty makeup. Zombies are my absolute favorite, but I am expanding my creative side to start building my own characters. I love fabricating and finding new ways to make things out of not so used materials, which is why I think my skills have been sought after in the cosplay world. I love cosplay, and the reactions that you get when you build something that people just cant get enough of!
Charles Sheeley – Ruthless FX Studios
Charles began formal training in 3D modeling 9 years ago via his game and art design major. In 2007 he began bringing his 3D designs into the real world by slowly piecing together Pepakura paper models and covering them in fiberglass resin. Since then he has continued to hone his craft, self-teaching as new technologies arose. He currently uses his 3D printers almost exclusively in his prop-making, though Pepakura is still occasionally (and grudgingly) used. Other skills include foam armor building, creation of silicone molds and plastic casts, and vacuum-forming plastic. He is now the founder of Ruthless FX Studios, which specializes in replica helmets and weapons from TV, film, and video gaming.
Cosplayer, graphic designer, costume designer, artist, aspiring actress and Japanese dancer, Mimiru has been in the hobby since she was 12. Now, she wishes to further her skills and experience and join the industry, fabricating costumes and going further into acting. She loves to entertain audiences and has been doing so since she was seven, starting out in ballet and tap and moving into Tae Kwon Do and Nihon Buyou. Her crafting focuses on sewing, armour building and prop making!
Christine Keeney Miller
An award winning historical costumer with over 12 years’ experience costuming performers at both the Texas and St. Louis Renaissance Faires. She was one of the Costume Mistress of the St. Louis faire for 7 years where she developed expertise in German Renaissance fashion and classic concepts of fae garb. Now involved in the Living History Company, a historical first person ren-acting company that covers well over 200 years of American history, Chris has developed a love of 18th & 19th century fashions. Over the years Chris and her daughter, who has a BFA in Costuming, have developed a collection of extant clothing.
Louise M. Hermes
Louise is an award winning costumer. She has been sewing all her life but came to costume design and fabrication in the last 12 years. She is currently the Costume Director for Renaissance St. Louis and has been guiding the cast in this capacity for the last 10 years. Louise is also the co-director of costume for The Living History Company. She works with Chad Theatrical to produce specialty items by request while running her own costume company Dunwellcompny.com. Some of her work has been featured on the Knot, seen in Renaissance Magazine, and been featured on the cover of Community News. Her interests lie mostly with Historical Costumes producing items for Renaissance, Civil War, and Victorian eras. Her skills are varied from corsets, hats, men’s wear and Leather she can do it all. She has discovered Steampunk and is enjoying exploring this new Genre. Louise loves to teach and is always learning.