How do you feel about the upcoming ECG finals?
Vanthica: I am really excited. Being a part of an international competition was my dream since I started cosplaying and I still can't believe this is happening. I look forward to everything connected to the competition!
Spacekettle: Two parts excited, one part scared. It's my first time at a competition of this size, and an international one on top of that! But I can't wait to experience everything myself and to meet the other representatives.
Why did you decide to make these characters for the selections?
V: I think Steven Universe is one of the best modern cartoons with a huge positive message, and I wanted to make a cosplay from it to honour the TV Show. White Diamond was for me an obvious choice as I often end up cosplaying omnipotent cosmic villains. I love her minimalist design. Teaming up with Spacekettle as Pink Diamond for selections was an amazing idea and we had to make it happen.
S: I love Steven Universe and Pink Diamond fits my personal aesthetic really well - my own hair is pink too, and I have a lot of pink clothes. On top of that, as a team, we have a perfect height difference for those characters, which makes the costumes twice as awesome. As soon as we saw the designs, we knew we will be making these costumes.
Which part of your costumes are you the proudest of?
V: The wig. Definitely the wig. The design looks awesome in 2D but making it into 3D reality was a real challenge. For me it was a lot of planning, thinking and experimenting with different media, but in the end I created one of my favourite cosplay items ever!
S: The wig! Figuring out how to achieve such volume and puffiness was difficult, but it worked!
Can you give us a hint about what you plan to do for the finals?
V: Nothing is true, everything is permitted.
S: I can give one word hint: London