I'm a cosplayer, costume designer, sculptor, prop creator, and 8-bit gamer from western Kentucky, now based in St. Louis, Missouri. After years of piecing together and creating my own costumes for movie openings, comic releases, and, of course, Halloween, I finally discovered the world of Cosplay in 2012. This new discovery, along with my passion for all things geek, pushed me to start attending as many cons as I could in 2013.
In almost 2 years, I've created over 15 costumes of my favorite characters, while attending conventions across the country. In 2014, I began attending conventions as a Guest, hosting and assisting with panels, costume contest judging, and in some cases, as a Featured Guest. I had the honor of serving as a guest panelist on Ivy Doomkitty's "So they say you shouldn't cosplay" panel at New York Comic Con in 2014. This panel is very important to me, as I had recently came out to family and friends as Transgender, so it gave me an outlet to address the hurdles that I had to overcome to get to where I am. You see, the "Alexa" persona was originally created as a "cosplay in a cosplay", but it quickly became apparent that she was the shell I was most comfortable in. The support and encouragement I receive from my cosplay family is unmatched. I know I've found my home.
I love the world of cosplay and the unique challenges that costume creation presents. With a background in the automotive industry, I use my knowledge and skills and combine them with my new found hobby to assist in making my costumes. The results are nothing short of¦interesting! I use auto paint, upholstery fabric, and even nitrous purge valves to create effects that are outside the box. I always try to focus on accuracy, and in an original design, I like to add details that may or may not be seen to give the costume more depth.
I'm probably most well knows for my original design Cheetara, but have several costumes coming that I feel have helped push my current skill level to the max. Watch for them over the next few months!
If I'm not buried in my basement, I am a HUGE hockey fan, and spend as much time watching and playing as possible. I also like heading to thrift stores looking for treasures, FOOD¦because well¦yum, and fireworks. (They're legal to set off all year where I live). I also enjoy sitting on the couch with my dogs being lazy.