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Hello there! You may call me Cal if you wish!
I've got a Bachelor of Design with honours (majoring in Digital Media)
Don't know what I'll be doing in the future yet, but it definitely has to be creative!

Aside from graphic and digital design, I love to sew. Mainly dresses and costumes, recently got into steampunk as well and I love historical clothing. Sometimes I make plushies as well.

Since 2010, I have been regularly cosplaying, so a part of my gallery is devoted to my cosplays and costumes. Please visit and like my costumery page on Facebook, for more detailed breakdowns of my costumes!
It's been a while since I've uploaded anything, including all of my 2013 cosplays, among anything else! Let's see, since I got back from holiday in January, I worked 4 days a week, rehearsed 3 times a week for a local theatre's musical (Phantom of the Opera!), did a costume commission during March/April, made and altered costumes for Phantom of the Opera, left my day job, then performed 12 times in Phantom of the Opera for the first half of June...and then burnt out, got really sick and was bedridden for the 2nd half of June.

Then I spent the next week and a half finishing my Espella Cantabella cosplay that I had planned in January and started sewing in April!

Headed to the first con I've been able to attend for nine months, which was Oz Comic-Con last weekend. It's hard getting back into cosplaying when you haven't done it for a while, but I had a good day catching up with friends and test-running my Espella Cantabella cosplay in preparation for heading to AvCon Adelaide in just over a week.

I've now got my cosplay/costumery page up and running on Facebook, yay! As soon as I posted that last journal entry, I finally sat down and uploaded WIP photos of most of my completed costumes, because I take a lot of WIP photos when I'm making costumes and props, and it's nice to see the costume process from start to finish. It's also a way for me to document all my costume progress and not clog up my own Facebook page with photos.

Find my costume musings here at my page, Tanmei Costumery!

A comment from KatyMerry earlier today prompted me to reflect back on all the cosplays and costumes I have made and worn to various events during the last five years, and actually see how much I've grown with both my costumes and cosplay skills.
I'm struggling to fit all of my costumes in my wardrobe now! And I'll pop some more past cosplay photos up on here to update this list.

1. Purple Reign Ballgown, original design
2. C.C., Code Geass (CLAMP! artbook dress)
3. (not pictured) Tinkerbell, Peter Pan/Disney's Fairies
Purple Reign Ballgown by tanmei C.C. cosplay - Manifest '10 by tanmei

4. Flora Reinhold, Professor Layton and Pandora's Box/Unwound Future
5. 18th century gown, original design
6. Lia de Beaumont, Le Chevalier d'Eon
"Take that, puzzle" by tanmei Lady of the Royal Court by tanmei Lia de Beaumont - Manifest '11 by tanmei

7. Alice Liddell, Alice: Madness Returns (Silk Maiden)
8. Christine Daae, The Phantom of the Opera (stage: Star Princess)
9. Kallen Stadtfeld, Code Geass (yellow prison dress)
10. Steampunk saloon lady, original design
Lurking in Oriental Grove by tanmei Christine Daae - The Star Princess by tanmei 

2013 (pictures to come):
11. Neria Surana/Elf Mage, Dragon Age: Origins (based on concept art by Jason Chan)
12. Antoinette, Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar
13. Ramona Flowers, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (movie: army green outfit)

The Great Witch? by tanmei
14. Espella Cantabella, Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney

Upcoming/planned, not in any particular order:
- Operetta, Monster High
- Vanellope von Schweetz, Wreck-It Ralph (Sailor Scout version, based on Drachea Rannak's artwork)
- Brown steampunk bustle dress, original design...this was started in April 2013.
- Death Prophet, DOTA 2 (Regalia of the Mortal Coil)

Looking forward to the rest of the convention season for this year, and hopefully will be starting in a new job around the next month or so :)
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Imaginaerum - Nightwish
  • Watching: Masterchef
  • Playing: Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney


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Hannakin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks a bunch (of daisies) for the watch!
tanmei Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! I went to your stall at the Substation Artists Market last week (and bought a few prints and cards as I thought they were lovely :)) Love your work! :heart:
Azuis Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Thanks for the +fav! :)
Billiam93 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I was wondering about the Till Lindemann plush you did, I want to purchase but I saw that the last post on it was from like two years ago so I figured I should look you up. I am very serious in purchasing one or could you show me the tutorial you used for it? My fiancÚ would flip with love and I really want to get her this. Please contact me back either on here, or
mycosynth Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012   Photographer
I'm not stalking you :P i just stumbled across this while stalking you.. LOL :D
AVthreads Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks very much for the watch! I appreciate that a lot!
strawdoll Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Christttiiiiiiiiine :D
sahadlich90 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
Thanks for the fave!
raaawwwwr83 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks you for watching me! 8D 8D 8D
I shall watch you back ^^
tanmei Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've watched you because I love your comic work and illustrations, especially the R+ comics (the Richard, Olli and Schneider in a small flat series is awesome!) :)

Makes me laugh :D Thank you!
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