Silicon Web Costumer's Guild

Member Profiles

Profiles allow members to let each other know what aspects of costuming interest them. They also enable members to locate those with similar interests or needed expertise.

To set up a profile or change your current one, send 30-70 words about your costuming interests, a ~100x100 pixel head shot and optionally your costuming related URL to: webmaster@siwcostumers.org. Contact other members through our Yahoo group.

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Gunther Berger (San Diego, CA) is an honorary member of Silicon Web. He is the creation of cartoonist Greg Evans, and a continuing character in the Luann comic strip. Gunther became interested in sewing through his mother, and plans to have a career in costume design. Visit the Luann Fann web site: http://luannfan.com/.


Babineaux Family (Virginia) Mera, Dusty, Thalen, Braeden, Clara, Kaia, and Cordelia Babineaux are also known as the cosplaying/costuming group "Shimmer and Shade Family Cosplay". Mera is a makeup artist, costumer, and master builder in multiple mediums, and Dusty is an industrial painter and thermoplastics expert. They also own a professional production studio known as Prop House 42 Productions. The children participate in family costume creation and builds, like the "IronFoam Throne" pictured in the photo, for conventions and do outreach and events for autism groups and children's charities in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia.


Christofer (Chris) Bertani (Mountain View, CA) is interested in historical costume re-creation centered around the English Regency/Napoleonic era, particularly uniforms, with a sideline in SF costuming from written sources. Web site: http://goblinrevolution.org/costumes/.


Christina (Christy) Bertani (Mountain View CA) trained as a theatrical costumer, but is particularly interested in re-creations of practical everyday and working class outfits that blur the distinctions between costume and clothing.


Aurora Celeste (Oswego, NY) is a former President and former Vice President of SiW, and Vice President of ICG. SiW is her primary ICG membership but she maintains secondary memberships with Kansas City Costuming Guild and St. Louis Costumers' Guild. Her costuming interests are all over, but her passion is reproducing costumes, mostly sci-fi and fantasy movies and tv shows, anime and manga, and Joseph Michael Linsner's Dawn character. Visit her web site: http://auroraceleste.livejournal.com/.


Melina Chestley (Ontario) is an amateur costumer in Eastern Ontario with an interest in historical costuming, playing around with some original designs and has finally delved into the fun world of cosplay. For someone who failed sewing in high school, she is having far too much fun making all the things on her sewing machine(s).


Janice Dallas (Boston, MA) started costuming her brothers and cousins for skits when she was ten or so, and costuming for theater in 1983. By the '90's she was Costume Designer for the Sudbury Savoyards, building operetta costumes for their large (literally and figuratively) casts. When her body "fell apart" in 2000 she retired, and is now their Costume Rental Agent. She still handles problem costumes for them, and has been singing there again as "soprano with cane". She's most interested in Gilbert and Sullivan operetta and other period outfits (built by her husband, Ron, now) that she wears herself. Her primary ICG chapter is Northern Lights Costumers Guild.


Ron Dallas (Boston, MA) is interested in Theater Technology and can do just about anything involved. He's helped build vinyl and sized felt armor, made a reproduction "Cat o' Nine Tails", figured out the proportions for a proper cage hoop made from electrician's Fish Tape, and sewn all sorts of period costumes, besides being Set Designer, or Lighting Designer. He's the Treasurer for the New England Region's Chapter of the U.S. Institute of Theater Technology.


Anne Davenport (Panama City Beach, FL) has been costuming since 1977, starting out with Star Trek and Star Wars costumes and branching out to more general science fiction and fantasy outfits with an occasional historical attempt. She is most involved with hall costuming at science fiction conventions along with masquerade costumes.


Margaret Decker (Norman, OK) has a primary interest in historical costuming, but says, "one of these days I may just branch out." She started sewing in 1948 but only began costuming when she found the SCA in 1978. She's held many jobs through the years ranging from retail sales to COBOL programming, until she retired in 2003. She's now busier than ever and is on the board of her local Quilters' Guild.


Betsy Marks Delaney (Greenbelt, MD) is a fantasy and theatrical costumer, and has been involved in various forms of ICG and SiW leadership since 1987. She received ICG's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, and the first Costume-Con Founder's Award in 2005. When not costuming, Betsy can be found lurking around the theatre. Her first play, BUSTED, was produced for the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival. Visit her web site: http://www.hawkeswood.com/.


Kathe Gust (Redwood City, CA) is SiW's Web Site Editor and Recording Secretary of ICG. She enjoys clothing for many historical periods, and various sci-fi and fantasy genre. She has been sewing since childhood, and began theatrical costuming for a university class. When the "Lord of the Rings" movies came out, she decided to turn Phil into King Theoden, and herself into Eowyn, Arwen, Bilbo, and even Gamling. Visit her web site: http://celefinniel.net/.


Philip Gust (Redwood City, CA) is Editor of SiW's "Virtual Costumer" and President of ICG. He enjoys sci-fi and fantasy costuming, and has particular interests in props, special effects, and prosthetic makeup. He also costumes in historical periods, including Regency, Victorian, and early 20th C. He is a beginning sewer with a fatal attraction to difficult fabrics. His favorite costume is King Theoden's spectacular battle armor from the "Lord of the Rings" movies.


Rae Kuddle (Bloomington, MN) Has been sewing since she was 9 but just recently started to make costumes for her family and herself. 2016 is her first year competing in contests but she hopes to continue doing it for quite some time. She worked in the costume shop at Coe College in Cedar Rapids Iowa while she was in College and also worked with leather at a motorcycle apparel store for 3 years. She is always looking to improve her skills and loves what she does.


Bruce MacDermott (Berkeley, CA) is a SiW co-founder and has been Treasurer ever since, He was aso ICG Treasurer (2006-2009), and helped found Greater Bay Area Costumers' Guild. He has judged from regional to international levels. Bruce became interested in costumes at an early age, but only began entering Fantasy and Sci-Fi masquerades with Dana in 1983. He is the mechanical solutions component of the team, leaving the design work to Dana. They received ICG's 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.


Dana MacDermott (Berkeley, CA) is a SiW co-founder, past president, past editor of "Virtual Costumer" and former SiWeb Vice President and chapter representative to the ICG Board. She has an MFA in costume design, and is a professional theatrical costume designer and craftsperson. She worked on Costume-Cons, the ICG BOD and its Guidelines Committee, and has judged from regional to international levels. Bruce and Dana are known for aliens and other weird creations. Dana does concept, design, and things that get gooey up to the armpits. They received ICG's 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.


Tara Maginnis (Northern CA) is a costume design specialist at Diablo Valley College, however, she is best known for her creation of The Costumer's Manifesto, one of the World Wide Web's largest, and most eclectic, costume sites: thecostumersmanifesto.com/.


Nora Mai (University City, MO) is an award winning costumer who works in both historical and sci-fi/fantasy genres. She and her husband Bruce are holders of the ICG Lifetime Achievment Award. Nora is a past president of the CG and a current member of the ICG Archives team


Richard Man (Palo Alto, CA) is a past SiW President. Richard's interest in costuming comes from being a professional photographer. He married a costumer, and when their children eventually became costumers too, Richard had no choice but to photograph their beautiful creations. See his web site: http://richardmanphoto.com.


Don McCunn (San Francisco, CA) has been helping people learn patternmaking for over 40 years. In addition to authoring 'How to Make Sewing Patterns', he has created a series of Pattern Design Guides that are Interactive e-Books with embedded how-to videos. They cover topics including 'How to Make Custom-Fit Bras', 'How to Make Custom-Fit Corsets', and 'How to Make Custom Dress Forms'. Visit his website: http://how-to-make-sewing-patterns.com/ for more information.


Anne Merritt (Los Gatos, CA) is active in the San Francisco Bay area and also a member of the Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild. She likes to do historical costuming, but admires other members' awesome sci-fi and fantasy costumes. Anne enjoys reading the Virtual Costumer, and decided to join the group. Right now she's very active in the World War 1 Historical Association, a local historical group. Since it's the centennial, there are many events dealing with the early 20th century. Her most recent project was a suffragette outfit made for an event in September 2016.


Stacy Meyn (Alameda, CA) was doomed to a fate of costuming and prop-building as mom performed in music and theater groups and dad scratch-built intricate historical and sci-fi models. Stacy has worked on and won awards for softwear and hardwear in the Star Trek, Star Wars, BSG, Firefly, Aliens, and Jin-Roh realms, and enjoys dabbling in period costuming. Someday she will learn to sew more than a blind hem stitch.


Shelley Monson (Rodeo, CA) has studied and created historical costumes since 1969. She has worked with Renaissance and Dickens Christmas Fairs, and is Costume Director for the Guild of St. George (the Court) North. She is interested in the fashion of many historical periods, but also dabbles in science fiction costuming. Shelley is a member of the Costume Society of America, the Greater Bay Area Costumers' Guild, dances with the Renaissance troupe Danserie Terpsichore, is a member of the Gaskell Balls committee, and collects 19th century fashion magazines.


Chris O'Halloran (Fremont, CA) enjoys Cons and being active in the local costume community. She is usually backstage at masquerades, but has been recently spotted on party floors as "Delores Umbridge". She appeared in "Trumps of Amber". a large group presentation at the 2003 Worldcon in Toronto. Chris occasionally costumes shows for her local community theater.


John O'Halloran (Fremont, CA) is an avid photographer who has done photo shoots of masquerade contestants and attendees at many Cons. Although he usually works backstage and behind the camera, he occasionally dons a costume himself. He played "Gerard" in "Trumps of Amber", a large group presentation at the 2003 WorldCon in Toronto.


Carole Parker (Sunnyvale, CA) is a former SiW Secretary. Carole is an amateur costumer and fabric experimenter with special interests in textiles, dyeing, and wearable art. She is also a member of The Peninsula Wearable Arts Guild. Visit her web site: http://mrbilll.users.sonic.net/Costuming/costuming.html.


Kevin Roche (San Jose, CA) is SiW President and former Vice President and ICG chapter representative. Kevin is a sci-fi fantasy costumer with extensive experience entering, judging, and running masquerades. He was the Chair of CostumeCon 26 in 2008. He was awarded ICG's 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. Visit his web site: http://www.twistedimage.com/


Deb Salisbury (Abbot, TX) is SiW Secretary. She is a long-time costumer who especially loves fantasy and historical clothing. She drafts the patterns and instructions for the Mantua-Maker Historical Sewing Patterns. Visit her web site: http://www.mantua-maker.com/.


Elaine Swick Sims (Apache Junction, AZ) was doomed from birth to be a seamstress of some sort. She is a work-at-home mom who specializes in quilting, but can be found creating costumes & clothing as well. She has been creating and sewing since a young age, and is in the process of corrupting her daughter and son into the costumer's fold as well. Elaine is the current chapter representative to the ICG Board. Check out her website at http://cattailsquilts.etsy.com.


Jeanine Swick (Lunenburg, MA) is ICG Treasurer and former SiW Secretary. Her grandmothers and mother taught her to make clothes for dolls and school at an early age. In Home-Ec, she made 3 piece suits while others figured out 3 piece patterns. She costumed in high school for theater, and later for her own teens. Her work is "period inspired" rather than historically accurate, incorporating her own creativity. She sells at regional renfaires, cons, SCA, and belly dance events. Visit Designs by J: http://www.woollycat.net/.


Alicia VanWatermeulen (California) is a retired midwife in Northern California. Her mother taught her to sew as a little girl and she's explored various textiles techniques ever since. It wasn't until the late nineties that Alicia's interest in costuming turned from a park into a bonfire. She is happiest creating and sewing in her workroom. She is currently costuming Alice in Wonderland for her local dance troupe. She says, "Making costumes is my creative soul. I look forward to being in contact with like minded people."


Terry Walker (District of Columbia) has been sewing for forty years but didn’t know about historical/sci fi/fantasy costuming until a few years ago. At her first convention she knew she had found her people. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.


Leah Watts (Omaha, NE) did some costuming at local Cons back in the 80's and got back into sewing for herself a couple of years ago when her nephew got too old to go trick-or-treating. Her other interests include: stained glass, "MythBusters", and table top role playing games (primarly Hero System).


Gail Wolfenden-Steib (Tempe, AZ) is an award-winning theatrical costume designer based in Arizona. She is also an authority on costuming for Belly Dancing.


Lisa Zagone (Ireland) earned her MFA in Fine Art Textiles from San Francisco State University. She's now located in Cork, Ireland, where she has been running her costume and design studio for the last 14 years. Most of her work is for theater/stage, although she has been doing rather a lot of cosplay work for the last few years. A recent project is viewable at: http://www.dressedasa.com.


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