SWCG LogoThe Southwest Costumers Guild

is a loose and informal educational society of persons interested in all facets of historical, cultural, science fiction, fantasy, and humor costume. Members are often seen on stage and behind the scenes at Science Fiction Convention masquerades, historical reenactment events, and theatre. SWCG is Arizona's chapter of the International Costume Guild.

Upcoming Events
SWCG Activities
Meet the Guildsters - Mail Links and links to Member Web Pages
Links - Web Sites of Interest to the Costumer

Hints and other "How To" Articles

Join the Southwest Costumers Guild - Printable membership form

Recruiting and PR Materials:

"Victorian Ball" Foldover Flyer
"Science Fiction Convention" Foldover Flyer
"Renaissance Faire" Foldover Flyer
Quarter-Page Flyer
Color Bookmark

SWCG Bylaws

Southwest Costumers Guild has a "Yahoo Groups" e-mail discussion forum. Contact the webmaster for information on how to join.

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Click the links below to view issues of Cactus Needles, SWCG's monthly newsletter. You'll need the Adobe Acrobat reader, available free from www.adobe.com.

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Current Issue - April 2014

Back Issues
(All the way back to the Cactus Needles premiere in 1994)

Upcoming Activities

Usually, the Southwest Costumers Guild meets on the last Sunday of each month at a different member's home in the greater Phoenix area. This rule of thumb is often changed to avoid schedule conflict with other events. Guild business is followed by a demonstration or workshop by a guild member or an invited guest. Sometimes we cooperate on a costume project. Sometimes we just socialize. Special SWCG gatherings are sometimes held at science fiction conventions, street fairs, and other public events. E-mail the Webmaster for directions to meetings and events.

Here are some upcoming guild meetings and costume-related public events. E-mail the Webmaster if you know an event that should be on the calendar. A more detailed calendar is included in Cactus Needles.

* Red Text indicates an SWCG activity. Unless otherwise noted, SWCG Meetings begin at 1:00 PM.

March 26 – July 6, 2014 – Hollywood Costume exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum, Central Avenue & McDowell Road. Bringing together more than 100 of the most iconic movie costumes from across a century of film-making, this will be a rare opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable characters from films such as The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Superman, Titanic, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and The Dark Knight Rises. Hollywood Costume will explore the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling. The exhibition contains costumes that have never left private and archival collections in California, and most have never been publicly displayed or seen beyond the secure walls of studio archives. http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/hollywoodcostume  

April 25-28, 2014 – Costume-Con 32 “Myths, Monsters & Legends” at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto. http://costumecon32.com/

April 27, 2014 –
Come to the Dark Side! We have Cookies!* SWCG workshop at Chuck & Tasha’s place, 14601 N 55th Avenue, Glendale. We’ll bake some refreshments to be served at the LepreCon 2014 “Friday Night Inevitable” social gathering.

May 8-11, 2014 – LepreCon 2014: 50 Shades of Green SF convention at the Phoenix Mesa Marriot, 200 North Centennial Way, Mesa AZ. Author GOH Gail Carriger http://leprecon.org/lep40/

May 15-June 1, 2014 – Shakespeare in the Garden at the Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. SPECIAL OUTDOOR EVENT! ”Lord, what fools these mortals be!” FairyWorlds! is a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream produced by the Southwest Shakespeare Company in partnership with the Desert Botanical Garden. This new vision, by Producing Artistic Director Jared Sakren, includes bold visual elements, stunning costumes, lighting and stage magic designed to highlight the surroundings of the Garden. http://www.dbg.org/events-exhibitions/shakespeare-in-the-garden

May 17, 2014 - Welsh Eisteddfod at Flanagan’s Celtic Corner 2719 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson. Join us for our 1st Annual Celebration of Wales and Welsh Culture! We will be celebrating Saint Melangell, the Welsh patron saint of small animals. Featuring music and storytelling by John Good and a special Welsh-style beer brewed especially for all of you by Sentinel Peak Brewing Company!

May 18, 2014 – Hollywood Costuming with Special Effects Makeup at the Phoenix Art Museum. Special Effects Makeup Artists Mark Greenawalt and Casey Kaki demonstrate makeup techniques used to create costumes in film. An overview details life casting, sculpting, and molding to create prosthetics. Program runs from 1pm - 3pm. Does not include admission to Hollywood Costume. Museum admission included with ticket. https://tickets.phxart.org/public/default.asp

June 2-8, 2014 – Highlands War SCA event 14 miles south of Alpine, Arizona. http://highlandswar.org/

June 5-8, 2014 – Phoenix ComiCon at the Phoenix Convention Center. http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/

July 11-13, 2014 – Medieval Mayhem at 1101 N. Woodland Rd.
Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ. http://www.azmayhem.com/Home_Page.php

September 27, 2014 – It’s In the Bag at the Phoenix Art Museum. The Women's Metropolitan Arts Council (WoMAC) is hosting its sixth annual fundraiser, “It's in the Bag”. You are invited you to express your "purseonality" at this ultimate girls' night out featuring signature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment and both silent and live auctions offering everything from designer handbags to utility bags full of goodies. Think evening bag with theater tickets, backpack with hiking gear or diaper bag with baby must-haves. Please join us: 6:00-9:00 pm in the Great Hall, Phoenix Art Museum. https://tickets.phxart.org/public/default.asp

October 31-November 2, 2014 – TusCon SF convention at Hotel City Center, 475 North Granada Avenue, Tucson, Arizona http://tusconscificon.com/

October 31-November 2, 2014 – Tucson Celtic Festival at Rillito Park. http://tucsoncelticfestival.org/ (page not yet updated for 2014 festival.

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Here is some of our events information in the form of a Google calendar created by Margie:

Guild Activities

SWCG hosted Costume-Con 30 on May 11-14, 2012 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Check out professional photographer
Richard Man's images from the event at http://www.rfman.com/SF-and-Fantasy-Conventions/Costume-Con-30 .

SWCG at Steampunk: An Exquisite Adventure
At Steampunk: An Exquisite Adventure in November, 2013.

Jean & Randall
        at Steampunk Street II
Randall & Jean at Steampunk Street II in downtown Mesa, April, 2011.

We had a fine turnout for our Barbecue Mixer in April, 2009, with folks from SWCG, Sunacosu,
Arizona Ghostbusters and The Rebel Legion. Photo by Mike Contos.

At the Arizona Renaissance Festival, February 2008.

Walking about the Glendale Glitters street fair in December, 2007.

A Duct Tape Mannequin is a useful tool for patterning custom-fitted garments.

Mucking about in Victorian attire at CopperCon 25. A little image magic by Mike Cassidy shifts us to a more appropriate setting - a table setting.

Meet the Guildsters - Mail Links and Web Pages

Click on the highlighted text to send an e-mail message or visit a personal web page.

President Jean Palmer
(president@southwestcostumersguild.org) .

Vice President Mahala Sweebe

Treasurer Tasha Cady

Secretary Randall Whitlock

Archivist Jean Palmer

Webmaster and Newsletter Editor Randall Whitlock runs MoiRandall's featuring his "Randwulf's" line of sewing patterns.

Member Anna Caggiano shows how she built her Galadriel gown at www.fivemilecreek.net/anna/anna.htm.

Check out member Nola Yergen's theatrical and film costumes at http://designbynola.com/  or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Design-By-Nola/128444573852616

Last updated April 19, 2014 by Randall Whitlock.

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