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Studio Cosplay is creating the first ever makerspace designed specifically for costuming in the Washington D.C. metro area.
441 backers pledged $31,480 to help bring this project to life.

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 WE DID IT!!

This Kickstarter has been incredibly successful thanks to an amazing group of backers and the cosplay community! This has been an incredible ride, but funding is just the first step and now we’re rolling up our sleeves for the next stage in building the first Cosmakerspace. All of you made this possible!

YOU CAN STILL HELP!

To find out how we are progressing and how to get involved visit our website at www.studiocosplay.org

 If you would still like to contribute to the cause so we can provide the stretch goals that did not fund, you can send contributions through our website or here:

 If you have items you wish to donate, and/or wish to volunteer to support the studio, you may also email us at: ContactUs@StudioCosplay.org

To become a Sponsor please email us at: Sponsors@StudioCosplay.org 

 “This is a great campaign that, I believe, is truly focused on the spirit of the cosplay and DIY communities.” - Brian McLaughlin, for GeekDad

“Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to create your first cosplay costume, or enhance your skills with top-of-the-line tools and materials; and to be able to talk and have fun with likeminded cosplayers while building your next project?” -Medieval Dragon, for World of Warcraft News and BlizzPlanet

“Cosplay is a specific kind of making and needs a specific kind of space. By building it and creating community around it, I can’t wait to see the next level of cosplay emerge.” -Samantha Cook, for GeekMom

Studio Cosplay is changing the world of cosplay and makerspaces by creating the first ever community-operated workspace designed specifically for cosplayers!  The "Cosmakerspace" will be a place where costumers have access to the right tools and equipment and can exchange ideas while collaborating on projects.   We will host on-site instructional classes and hands-on workshops for members to expand their skills. We welcome cosplayers, costume designers, LARPers, photographers, artists, and anyone interested in learning about costuming.  

A community space like this is needed because creating a costume in a confined space is frustrating. It can smother your creativity and cause you to make mistakes or force you to cope with taking out an elaborate element of your costume or prop because you just don't have the resources to bring your imagination to life. In DC, like most metropolitan areas, space is at a premium. Most people don’t have the luxury of garages or workshops in their homes.

A Makerspace is a community-operated workspace where people with interests in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and collaborate.  

Unlike other Makerspaces, we cater to costumers.  Our Cosmakerspace will have multiple stations specifically for designing and constructing costumes, fabricating armor, and creating props. These stations will include sewing, painting, fabricating, wig styling, and 3D printing. Studio Cosplay will offer all levels of classes for students to improve their costuming skills. We will have a green screen for taking pictures of finished costumes or for meeting up with photographers for photoshoots. Studio Cosplay is creating an environment to make cosplayers' lives easier.

                                  
                        
  
                                                                      
 

EXTRA REWARD!! 

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support we’ve received for this project so far! As an extra thank you, we’re sending all of our wonderful backers a sticker of our mascot, Notion, when we fund!      

We have established ourselves as a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization, Studio Cosplay Inc, to administer the workshop. Our $24,000 Kickstarter goal directly funds start-up costs and operating expenses for one year. Most of this will go to rent, utilities, and deposits for a 1000+ square foot studio in the Washington, DC Metro area. The remaining funds will go towards purchasing equipment and paying Kickstarter fees. To meet the needs of interested cosplayers and to fund subsequent years of operation the organization will offer multiple cosmakerspace membership tiers. For pricing and membership information please visit our website.

We've toured spaces of various size and location from Falls Church, VA to Rockville, MD.  Where we end up will be determined by this Kickstarter. Our ideal location will be Metro accessible, inside the DC I-495 Beltway, and large enough to house all our stations and classes comfortably.

potential search locations
potential search locations
With funding you could work on your cosplay projects in a space like this!
With funding you could work on your cosplay projects in a space like this!

With this Kickstarter, we have budgeted for basic supplies: safety equipment, sewing machines, a dress form, a serger, a ventilated paint area, wig stands, basic fabricating tools (including heat guns and a Dremel set), one 3D printer and a basic photography set up (including a green screen). We would like to do so much more and hope that with stretch goals and donations we will be able to get many of the additional items we need.

We hope our cosmakerspace will serve as a sustainable model that can expand to more areas. The cosplay community is global, so even if you are not from the DC area please help us to succeed and reach your local community.

 Thank you

Thank you to the awesome businesses in the geek and gamer communities that have helped us create this Kickstarter. Contact us at http://www.studiocosplay.org/ for more information and sponsorship opportunities.

FrogDice
FrogDice
AshB Images
AshB Images
             
Since Antarctica
Since Antarctica
Rockstar Film Company
Rockstar Film Company
Punished Props
Punished Props
Lucky Squid Studio
Lucky Squid Studio

Risks and challenges

A potential challenge is ensuring accessibility to a maximum number of members. We will need to find a location that is easy to get to for the entire DC area that will fit within our budget. We hope that we reach some of our stretch goals to ensure we get a large space in a great area. See our FAQ below for more information about locations!

We know that administering this space will be a challenge. Luckily, we have two program managers, a human resources specialist and a real estate investment manager on our board. We have the combined experience to make this a success.

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    UNDYING LOVE

    Thank you so much! By pledging $1, you will be listed on our website, www.StudioCosplay.org, as an official Supporter! You'll also have our undying love and appreciation!

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    THE PENPAL

    You will receive a handwritten postcard from Studio Cosplay personally thanking you for your support. You will be listed on our website, www.StudioCosplay.org, as an official Supporter!

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    YOU! SHALL! PASS!

    You will receive a Kickstarter Special one-day pass to Studio Cosplay's Cosmakerspace with access to all equipment. This is a great value! You will also be listed on our website, www.StudioCosplay.org, as an official Supporter!

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    PUNISHED PROPS' PLUNDER!

    You will receive the entire Foamsmith Trilogy (PLUS Foam Armour, Fast) ebooks from PUNISHED PROPS. All four amazing tomes are bundled together for your convenience. Learn everything you need to fabricate, paint, and wear your stunning foam armor creations! And, we will feature your foam creation (cosplay and/or props) on our social media pages. You’ll also receive a postcard and be on our site’s list of supports.

    Included PDF Files: 1) Foam Armorsmithing Vol 1: Design, Templating, & Fabrication; 2) Foam Armorsmithing Vol 2: Finishing & Painting; 3) Foam Armorsmithing Vol 3: Undersuits, Straps, & Lights; 4) Foam Armor, Fast

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    DAY PASS DELUXE

    We will feature one of your costumes on our social media sites! You will receive a Kickstarter Special one-day pass to Studio Cosplay's Cosmakerspace with access to all equipment. You'll also receive a postcard and be on our site's list of supporters.

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    COSPLAY U

    *Workshop* Admission to one (1) intro-level cosplay class of your choice. This is a great value! Classes offered will include Intro to Worbla, Intro to Sewing, and many more. Once the space has been acquired, we will be posting a schedule on our website. If you can't make it to our locations we will email you a digital recording of the class filmed by ROCKSTAR FILM COMPANY. You'll also be on our website's list of supporters.

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    THE HONORED

    Your name will be placed on the “Wall of Heroes” plaque that will be displayed in the studio space. You'll also receive a postcard and be on our website's list of supporters.

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    THE WORM CATCHER

    EARLY BIRD Kickstarter Special for a one month Cosmakerspace membership to Studio Cosplay! This is a great value!

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    PLUSH NOTIONS

    You will receive a plushie of our mascot NOTION designed by LUCKY SQUID STUDIOS! This adorable little Dragon will grace your home with its cute level of over 9000! You'll also receive THE PENPAL. Take a selfie with our dragon and tag us on Facebook so we can share it with the world!

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    THE CON GOER

    Show your love for Studio Cosplay and be ready to hit the con with a Studio Cosplay drawstring backpack and Studio Cosplay 3-in-1 vanity and sewing kit. You'll also receive THE HONORED rewards.

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    THE GIVER

    Donate a one month cosmakerspace membership to Studio Cosplay to a disadvantaged DC area local youth. Receive a thank you note from the youth you helped. You'll also receive THE HONORED rewards.

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    COS-CHIC

    You will receive a Studio Cosplay T-Shirt and one month Cosmakerspace membership. You'll also receive THE HONORED rewards.

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    KNIGHTHOOD

    You will receive naming rights to an important piece of equipment that is going to be in the space. You'll also receive THE HONORED rewards.

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    THE GRAND JOURNEY

    EARLY BIRD Kickstarter Special for a six (6) month membership to Studio Cosplay! This is a fantastic value! You'll also receive THE HONORED rewards.

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    ASHB IMAGES PHOTO SHOOT!

    This reward will offer a personal photo shoot with AshB Images! This photo shoot will be a one hour session and yield eight (8) digital photos for your portfolio. These photos will be taken in our Cosmakerspace in the DC Metro Area. We will feature your favorite photo from this shoot on our social media pages.

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    THE PARTY NEVER ENDS!

    You will receive a six (6) month Cosmakerspace membership to Studio Cosplay! You will also receive one (1) ticket to the Studio Cosplay's Grand Opening Ceremony. This event will be a Cosplay Formal. During the Opening Ceremony, you will be given a tour of the workshop and an overview of all equipment and courses available.

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    CONSULT THE ORACLE

    One on one consultation and workshop time to start, finish or critique a costume of your choice at Studio Cosplay! Includes 5 hours of Cosmakerspace time and consultation from someone on the Studio Cosplay team. We will feature your cosplay on our social media pages. You'll also receive THE HONORED rewards.

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    A YEAR OF COSPLAY

    You will receive a one (1) year Cosmakerspace membership to Studio Cosplay! You will also receive two (2) ticket to the Studio Cosplay's Grand Opening Ceremony. This event will be a Cosplay Formal. During the Opening Ceremony, you will be given a tour of the workshop and an overview of all equipment and courses available.

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    THIS....IS....PARTY TIME!

    Studio Cosplay will host a 5 hour private costume making event with you and five guests. We will reserve the entire space for your exclusive use to work on projects, do a photography session, or take a class! Wide variety of subjects available. You'll also receive THE HONORED rewards.

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    LEAPING FROGDICE

    Design and build your own original battle prop. Your design will be used in a future release of a Frogdice Video Game. Subject to approval. Includes one (1) year Cosmakerspace membership and two (2) Grand Opening Ceremony admissions. You'll also receive THE HONORED rewards.

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    THE REPLICANT

    Support a 3D Printer. A stately plaque with your name will be attached to the printer. Plus you will receive a 3D printed figure of our mascot! Includes one (1) year Cosmakerspace membership and two (2) Grand Opening Ceremony admissions. You'll also receive THE HONORED rewards.

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    THE DRAGON

    Join Studio Cosplay at one of our favorite pop culture conventions! Come to DragonCon 2015 and spend time with us as we show off new costumes, go to educational panels and party until dawn. Includes 4 nights in a double occupancy room at a host hotel, and one (1) admission to DragonCon. Must provide your own transportation to Atlanta, GA. Includes one (1) year Cosmakerspace membership and two (2) Cosmakerspace Grand Opening Ceremony admissions. You'll also receive THE HONORED rewards. Must be 18 or older. Admission to DragonCon subject to DragonCon rules.

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Funding period

- (30 days)