1 September 2017
The School of Fashion and Textiles gave a lucky cosplayer the chance to join the July Cosplay: Techniques for Costume Design and Fabrication course with their compliments. By posting their favourite cosplay costume on the RMIT Short Courses Facebook, out of over 40 entries arose Bambi L'Amour for her original outfit. This caught the eye of facilitator Clem Bastow who knows a thing or two about what it takes, see her bio for more info (here).
We asked Bambi L'Amour to tell us about her experience doing the course.
I would absolutely recommend this course to any Cosplayer or costume enthusiast! Whether you are an absolutely beginner, or an expert looking to hone their skills, I feel that this course can teach you so much. Also the ability to meet other people with the same passion, and to be able to discuss ideas and problem solve together was great. I sincerely miss being able to spend my Saturday's just crafting away in the space at RMIT!
I loved being able to dedicate solid blocks of time to my craft... At home when I'm trying to learn things, or teach myself from the internet I am constantly interrupted by life! Whilst doing the course at RMIT I knew I had a few solid hours of work ahead of me!
Clem was a fantastic tutor, her knowledge was broad and she was happy to spend time one on one with students to help with particular skills. She delivered the course material in a very informative and engaging manner. The space itself was also amazing, with access to a variety of tools and equipment that I simply didn't have at home.
I took pages of notes, and refer to them constantly as I work on my next Cosplay project. I also recently helped out with my school's musical production and was able to use some of the weathering skills that I learnt from the course, to age and break down a large amount of costumes. Something I would have had no idea how to do properly without this course and Clem's expert knowledge!
As a teacher, I value learning, and encourage everyone to continue to learn! Whether you want to develop a skill further, learn something completely new, or just try something out, RMIT has such a great array of short courses that you'll be sure to find something... I hope to gradually work my way through some others! My next goal is to complete the Sewing Course and learn how to construct the fabric component of my cosplays!