Nikkie Lamb is a cosplayer from England with an ever growing fanbase. With a fun, detailed and sometimes cheeky collection of creations and photos, Nikkie is fast becoming a cosplayer to watch out for. JoypadAndMe spent some time chatting to Nikkie about her love of cosplay and her creations along with her views on the community and its future.
Q) What was it about cosplay that got you interested in it?
I first saw it when a friend started showing me some big names in the community, Nigri, Yaya Han, Kamui, Stacey Rebecca… We then went to Mcm at Manchester and just seeing the range, extremes and variations of costumes was amazing! It made me really want to be a part of it.
Q) What made you decide that it was something that you wanted to get involved in and did you intend for it to go as far as it has for you?
… I did it once then I was hooked! Not just how nice people are when you’re in cosplay but just the fact you can stand there in what you have made and have pride for the effort that has gone into making it.
Q) What was your first cosplay outfit and why did you choose that particular character?
Black widow at Birmingham Mcm Nov 2013. It was my first year of conventions and I just wanted to jump in on it. I chose the version from Iron man 2 purely because I love her hair HA. But I picked the character because well she was a good starting point, her personality wasn’t extreme, her costume wasn’t made from materials I hadn’t worked with etc, and I was loving iron man at the time :-).
Q) How do you pick out which characters you want to create?
It depends, for me it’s sometimes characters that really made an impact on me, that to me are memorable, sometimes I’ve seen another cosplayers and I want to do it too. Though at the moment I want to step out of my comfort zone and try a few different things. I’m working on a few things suggested by other people, just to broaden my knowledge and what kind of things I make.
Q) Does outfit, body style, overall perception of the character and attitude affect your decisions when deciding which character to take on?
Outfit I take into consideration, some amine, game armor etc are very very revealing and need adapting where possible, some I will happily wear to conventions, others will only make it to a shoot. Attitude of the character, not really something I bother about when planning the cosplays, if I like them I’ll wear them! Simple. Some can be total bitches or insane but you can’t talk to real people like that.
Q) What have been the reactions you have had from some of your creations?
I’ve had nothing but positive comments which I’m so thrilled about, especially as I’ve put so much effort into them. I’m always glad to get criticism though so I know what I can work on in the future and how to make them look their best!
Q) What’s been the hardest cosplay character and costume to produce?
By far Alexstratza the life bringer for World of Warcraft, it was the first armor set I made, I tried Worbla but failed so ended up making it out of foam and fabric… It took the most time, most materials, most patience and most tears to make! Plus when I got it on, it fell off and hacked up one of my legs :-/. It definitely has been a learning curve.
Q) How long does it take you to design and create the majority of your character pieces on average? Has there been any Exceedingly long creations?
Usually creations take about a week, from sketching, gathering materials and putting together though it all depends how lazy I am feeling. 🙂
Q) There must be a financial investment when it comes to some of these outfits, have any been fairly extravagant?
I myself refuse to pay more than £40 for a complete outfit, that includes fabrics, materials, wigs, shoes and other accessories. I spend a bit more on props when necessary. Luckily my part time job and student finance come in handy 😉
Q) When it comes to photoshoots, how much input do you have in the composition of the shot? How important do you feel location and ‘realism’ is to the overall image?
It depends, to be honest the photographer I work with locally she has all her ideas planned out, I show her the outfit and character, she decides where she wants to do it, I’m easy with stuff like that, I’m not a photographer so I’m happy to take advice from one. But at conventions when you have shoots locations are not always suited to characters but you can still get a few images that are incredible!
Q) Whats been your favourite experience during your cosplaying time?
Just being in costume in general. The acceptance from the public, the interaction with people, the confidence normal me would never have.
Q) How much interaction do you have with your fans and followers of your cosplaying creations?
I tend to get back to most of my followers etc, it’s nice to just interact with them and find out things, some give me ideas, help when I need it, motivation. It would be rude when they help you out so much just to ignore them. You get the odd creep who sends inappropriate things they don’t get any attention.
Q) What’s the cosplaying community like as a whole? Are they all generally supportive of each other or are there different sub groups inside the community?
Overall I find its the most friendly, accepting community. They’re always there on hand for tips and motivation etc. Of course You get the odd grumpus who never has anything nice to say but there are those kind of people in life.
Q) Cosplay seems to have taken off more in the past few years, do you have any thoughts as to why this might be?
It’s bringing people out of their shells and saying it’s ok to do this! It’s ok to be an adult and dress up and have fun! :-). You’re never the only one!
Q) How do you see cosplay in general evolving in the future? Are there areas that it can expand into and are there more lavish characters to be explored?
I imagine it will get to be mahoosive! As more people join, more people build on their costume skills. Every con I’ve attended I’ve noticed more and larger costumes. It’s just going to grow!
Q) What have you got planned for the future in regards to new creations and appearances?
I’m planning to step out of my comfort zone, show a bit of flesh. I’ll also be tacking a few rather large dresses as I’ve only done basic patterns before. And using new materials, I will master Worbla before the end of 2015!!!
Q) Do you have any words of advice for anyone wanting to get into cosplay or wanting to step up a gear in regards to their outfits and the characters they want to portray?
DO IT! ENJOY IT! You’re in it for you and nobody else.
We would like to thank Nikkie for her time and we hope that when you find some time please go and check out her cosplay page on facebook. You can find the page by clicking on the link right here.
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