We are happy to announce our next guest for Arthecon II!
Rattle and Burn or Vanya Yount is an American costume designer and a cosplayer. She will be hosting a costume panel and judging the cosplay competition alongside Avallone cosplay.
«I’ve been a fan of Tolkien’s work since a very young age, and later my interest in making costuming a profession came from being inspired by the LotR films. I’ve always had a specific image in mind of my favorite Silmarillion characters, and its been a passion project to bring them to life one by one.»
Vanya is a New York based designer, drafter, and costumer specializing in sewing and intricate needlework techniques. She has studied Fashion & Textile Technology at Buffalo State University, with a grand total of nineteen years of sewing experience. The projects seen here are only a sampling of most recent work.
Other relevant skills include leatherwork, fabric dyeing, patterning, thermoplastic manipulation, resin-casting, and a new investment in learning CAD and 3D printing pieces to create truly full-custom costume builds.
Vanya has been part of the cosplay community for fun and competition for the past five years, attending cons around the US and Canada. This includes competing in the Crown Championships Of Cosplay and Eastern Cosplay Championships, alongside many other competitions, with frequent placement success.