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About Artisan Crafts / Student Core Member Jessica BrommitFemale/Canada Group :iconcosplay-pros: Cosplay-Pros
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Should I post up my design sketches to share when I get flashes of inspiration for unique clothing, not just costumes? 

3 deviants said Yes, I'd love to see (and maybe commission) your ideas
1 deviant said Yes, but don't overwhelm your gallery with them
No deviants said No, that's not what I follow you for
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Jessica Brommit
Artist | Student | Artisan Crafts
I'm a geek who loves to craft and cosplay (since 2007, more "seriously" since about 2011 and competing since 2012, and currently at Artisan level), and went to fashion school with a dream job of making gorgeous costumes for stage/screen for a living (or, happy cosplayers who want top-notch stuff). SO, Whimsical Squid Creations is here to show my business and hobby of nerdy crafting! This is my account for Artist Alley crafts, photos of commissions, and my cosplay photos both finished and in-progress. My other handle is ShinobiXikyu, though I never log in that dA account anymore, and same name with my that I post most of my cosplay-related stuff on too (very actively! I prefer forums to facebook. If you want to see my daily musings, crafting help and opinions, check there). I should mention too, I'm an Aspie, formally diagnosed in 2004. Thanks obsessive tendencies, you make cosplaying and running my own crafty business the perfect thing for me!

Also, I took nine years of French (Canadian school system), am actively studying German and I'm fascinated by languages in general. Feel free to comment in your native language! Just don't be offended if I have to respond back in English or I conjugate my verbs badly.

(My, since the website bar now has my storenvy in it.:P )
I have a facebook too for my crafting and announcing my Artist tables at upcoming conventions, but it's basically the same content as on here.…

I'm also a geography nut, so I stuck this neat little "flag/country counter" in. Though it only goes up to 20 countries, and I'm definitely past that number, to my delight.
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 Alright, it's October, one of my favourite months of the year (because HALLOWEEN!!!), and time for my monthly update!

 Some convention updates, first; I'm still vending at Forest City Comicon on November 5 and 6, but my panel didn't get in. :( So, I'm trying again at FrostCon this January. FrostCon is indeed off hiatus now, they're back for January 21 and 22, and if I get into the artist alley (I'll know in late November/early December) I'll be there! Otherwise no, because no way is it worth the trek to Burlington when you have to pay to rent a car or ride three hours on the GO from Guelph. And hopefully the trivia challenge panel also gets accepted at this one. I'm also waiting on Fanexpo's December show to open up their artist alley applications, and I'll be applying as soon as they're open. So, winter will be quite a busy one for me!

 September was mostly just me working on things that took forever to finish; so sorry for the lack of photos, but everything I had on the work list was either mockups only or only got finally done a week ago, and then I need a sunny day to photograph my things (annnnnd it's mostly been raining all this last week). My Dark Brotherhood robes will be completely finished by next week (just need to do a final fitting, make up a spellcasting prop and finish up the belt), Anastasia's underthings are finally done and now I'm focusing on the bodice mockup, which hopefully won't take much longer (off-shoulder necklines. Are. EVIL.), and my commission mockups are coming along fine, right on schedule so far with starting the final pieces in November. As for my last Xmas present, I've been procrastinating quite a bit, but to be fair, it's not needed for months yet and won't take a ton of time to sew.
 For this month, it's mostly going to be more of the same, except that now with my DB costume done I can get a photoshoot in at the conservation area, and now an early start on Heather, and I also happened on an extremely adorable free plushie pattern that I am SO making a bunch of for Halloween decor (not revealing 'til done!). So my uploads will be much, much more numerous this month.

 As for things I'm attending, the Big Shiny Fake Prom is still on for the 7th (though I'm going in my gothy clubwear, not cosplay), and I'm searching out some nerd-friendly Halloween things to do around here to go with photoshoots. Not sure what I'll wear on Halloween itself yet, since I don't have an actual plan so far. Tali might get taken out if I feel really masochistic, or I might wear Princess Luna again like last year (Because she's both fancy and practically the queen of Halloween/"Nightmare Night"!). Almost certainly won't be attending the JCCC Halloween festival this year, since it's just too far away without being able to drive in and doesn't have a lot to hold my interests any more.

 Okay, and here's the big cons and costumes list.
October: No set plans yet. Looking for local events that cater to nerds and/or those who have a bigger care for costumes than "Buy flimsy thing at Walmart and call it done"
November: Forest City Comicon, November 5&6 (AA.)
                 Guelph Santa Claus parade, in cosplay. (November 20 or 27th)
December: Toronto Fan Days Holiday Show (It USED to be called DTAC....), date not announced yet (AA. Won't be attending if I don't get in.)

And, my cosplay plans for the year;
Making and debuting in 2016:
-Nelvana of the Northern Lights. Debuted for a winter photoshoot, publicly at March Toronto Comicon, competed and won with at Ad-Astra and will be wearing again at the Guelph Santa Claus parade.
-Tali'Zorah, Mass Effect 2 suit. Debuted and competed with (and won!) at Anime North. Not sure where else I'll wear it this year since it's so involved. Mayyyybe on Halloween.
-Skyrim Dark Brotherhood Shrouded Robes, planned for Forest City Comicon.
-Anastasia court dress, planned for CostumeCon 35 next April.

Rewearing in 2015:
-Twilight Sparkle gijinka (Anime North, and the cosplay picnic)
-Casual FemShep cosplay (almost all conventions I'm AAing at)
-Motoko Kusanagi (Anime North)
-(Maybe) Princess Luna gijinka (Halloween)
  • Listening to: Nothing
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Dragons: Race to the edge
  • Playing: Stardew Valley (hello, addictive!)
  • Eating: Nothing (well, not for long...)
  • Drinking: Water


Storenvy sale extended! Still have plenty left to move, and because the summer-long postal strike threat left a lot of people antsy about buying online, I'll keep the sale on for a while yet. 
I finally got around to editing my AN journal with my masquerade entry video! Only took three months... :P
Okay, I'm moved into the new apartment and set back up (and with internet) again. Hoping my new workshop setup works as well as my old one, and hopefully some new uploads will come again in the next week! August journal will be up on the 1st like usual.
Happy Canada Day! My monthly update journal goes up tomorrow.
Away til early next week visiting the parents. I'll still log in to check messages but I won't have anything to upload.
Bookwyrm bookmarks now available on my Storenvy! Likewise, if you want a custom colour, feel free to send me a PM and we can work out a price and shipping cost.
Away again for new-apartment things until Thursday afternoon, so my monthly update will be a day or two late.
It's Anime North! So no updates til Monday.
Updates resume Monday! At Ad-Astra this weekend. 


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the-mirror-melts Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks for following my work :)
WhimsicalSquidCo Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! I've actually liked your cosplays and seen you at cons for a while now, I just didn't find out your cosplay name until pretty recently!
the-mirror-melts Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cool. If you see me around just come and say hi. I'm usually at a the masquerade or running panels at Canadian events :)
WhimsicalSquidCo Featured By Owner May 5, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
Are you judging the Anime North masquerade this year? It'll be my first time competing in it but definitely not my first masquerade ever, I just never found it worth the extra time, or had won an award at a smaller one already, to bother with AN's til this year :P. I'm also totally lost on what division to enter in since I've never won at an ICG-level masquerade but I just moved up to artisan at the regional/small con level... lol, I might just have to go up to the registration desk in the costume and go "So uh, what do you suggest?" :P
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for adding Compare yourself to your favorites. I'm glad you like my writing :)
WhimsicalSquidCo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Student Artisan Crafter
Mostly I favorited it for the illustration, because it's so true, but yes, the writing is also very true. I'm a seamstress/crafter, not a visual artist, but I sure as hell get the same problem looking at others' work.
MonsterHatStudios Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fave! <3
footlover2011 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
WhimsicalSquidCo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
TwilightIsFriendship Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:Weeee! Today's the day, everypony!
:icontwilightderpplz::iconsaysplz:Pinkie, do we have to teleport in like that every time?
:iconpinkiecuteplz::iconsaysplz:Of course, silly! Else it wouldn't be a proper birthday greeting!
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:Happy birthday!
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:And it wouldn't be a proper birthday if Ah didn't bring y'all an apple pie, baked by yours truly!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityiscuteplz::iconsaysplz:Let us all give you our best wishes on this occasion and wish you a wonderful year!
:iconflutter-shyplz::iconsaysplz:I hope that you will not run into any trouble this year and that everything will be as good as it can possibly be.
:icondashissuperhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't forget that you're awesome! And that we're all your friends! Keep on rockin'!
:icontwilightliciousplz::iconsaysplz:Always keep the magic of friendship within you. May it bring you as much joy as it brings us!
:iconadorablespikeplz::iconsaysplz:And don't ever feel like you're useless or unworthy! Only you have what it takes to live your life, so don't let anyone or anything else get you down!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:And of course, don't forget to have fun while at it! And speaking of fun...
:iconpinkiebrilliantplz::iconsaysplz:It's time to party!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
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