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 central Arizona's chapter of the International Costume Guild.
Southwest Costumers Guild has a
"Yahoo Groups" e-mail discussion forum. Contact the
webmaster for information on how to join.
We mourn the loss of member Diane Harris.
She passed away at Hospice of the valley at
Diane was known for her Victorian costumes and her attention to detail. She will be greatly missed.
SWCG members in good
standing receive Cactus Needles, our
monthly newsletter, by mail or e-mail.
Regular contributors and newsletter editors from ICG chapters and allied organizations also receive Cactus Needles.
Not getting your newsletter? Contact the Editor to make sure he has your current address.
A few weeks after its initial
publication, we post Cactus Needles to this web site for all
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.
January 17, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This year, the theme is books that have been adapted to other media. Read the book, see the movie, listen to the audio drama or watch some of the TV episodes. Come and talk with us. How well does the story work in different formats? Which is your favorite?This month's book is Dracula by Bram Stoker.
Grand-daddy of all horror novels, the original is an "epistolary novel," composed of letters and diary entries from multiple characters' points of view. You can find it in any library or as a free download from Project Gutenberg or Librivox. There have been a gazillion movies. Who is your favorite Dracula? Bela Lugosi? Christopher Lee? Gary Oldman? Leslie Nielsen?
26-28, 2017 - Quilt, Craft & Sewing
Festival at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.
January 28, 2017, 10-5 - 3rd Anual Library Comicon at Tempe Public Library, SWC Rural and Southern in Tempe. http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/community-services/tempe-public-library/special-events/library-comicon
3-7, 2017 - Two Rivers Renaissance Faire,
Pirate & Faerie Festival in
Yuma, Arizona. http://www.tworiversfaire.com/
February 5, 2017 - Gail Teaches* SWCG Workshop at Jean's place. A special presentation by professional costume artist Gail Wolfenden-Steib.
10-12, 2017 - Phoenix Chinese Week. http://www.phoenixchineseweek.org/
11-April 2, 2017 (Weekends plus Presidents' Day) - Arizona
Renaissance Festival & Artisan
Marketplace in Gold Canyon, Arizona.
17-19, 2017 - Tucson Quilters Guild Annual Quilt
Show at the Tucson Convention Center. http://tucsonquiltersguild.com/quiltshow.htm
20-26, 2017 - Winter Range at Ben Avery
Shooting Facilty (I-17 and Carefree Highway). The
Single-Action Shooting Society's annual tournament
features costume contests and a sutlers's row suitable for
restocking your wild west/victorian/steampunk wardrobe. http://www.winterrange.com/
February 21, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This year, the theme is books that have been adapted to other media. Read the book, see the movie, listen to the audio drama or watch some of the TV episodes. Come and talk with us. How well does the story work in different formats? Which is your favorite?This month's book is The Puppet Masters by Robert A. Heinlein
Alien invasion in a flying cars future from a
secret agent's point of view. How much did the 1994 movie with
Donald Sutherland and Julie Warner get right? How much was
borrowed for Star Trek? The film and audiobook are available
from your local library via the Hoopla online service.
25-26, 2017 - Matsuri: Festival of Japan at
Festival at Heritage & Science Park, 7th Street &
Monroe, Phoenix. Free admission. www.azmatsuri.org
4-5, 2017 - 53rd Phoenix Scottish Games at
Steele Indian School Park, Phoenix AZ. https://www.arizonascots.com/05games.shtml
March 2, 2017 - Loom Knitting* SWCG social at Jean's place. Sharan will demonstrate her loom knitting techniques.
April 20-24, 2017 – Costume-Con 35
at the Hilton Mississaugua/Meadowvale, 6750 Mississauga
Road, Mississauga (near Toronto), Ontario, Canada http://costumecon35.com/
March 21, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This year, the theme is books that have been adapted to other media. Read the book, see the movie, listen to the audio drama or watch some of the TV episodes. Come and talk with us. How well does the story work in different formats? Which is your favorite?This month's book is Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
Set in the "World of the Five Gods."
Originally an e-book, this novella is now available in print and
as an audio book, all of which can be had at Phoenix Public
Library. Penric, younger son of a minor noble house is
unexpectedly possessed by a chaos demon. What do you do in a
situation like that. It's too late for exorcism, so why not make
friends, join The Order of the Bastard and have some adventures?
April 2, 2017
- Viking Garb* SWCG
social at Tasha's
place. Baroness Dallah of
the Misty Forest will show us some basics of Viking
May 7, 2017 - May Kup* SWCG social at Nyki's place. Cap'n Moreg Zahm will demonstrate some basic makeup techniques for cosplay.
April 18, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
Big giant nasty plants. Read the book or look
at one of the several film, radio and TV adaptations. The movies
are up on YouTube. The 1960s radio serial is available via the
Overdrive online service. Sign up through your local public
May 16, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
First in the Women of the Otherworld series.
Elena Michaels is
the only known female werewolf, but she grows tired of
spending her life pursuing rogue werewolves and trying to
control her temper and violence. She decides to leave her Pack
and live in
June 20, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
Harry Dresden is the only Wizard listed in
July 1-4, 2017 – WesterCon 70
at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Guests include Julie
Dillon, Larry Elmore, Gini Koch and Weston Ochse. www.westercon70.org
July 2, 2017 (Time TBA) - WesterCon* SWCG Social. We will do some sort of social gathering during WesterCon. Details forthcoming.
August 9-13, 2017 - WorldCon 75 in Helsinki,
August, 2017 (Date and Time TBA) - Pool Thing* SWCG Social. Annual costumed swim party. Theme to be announced.
2017 (Date and Time TBA) - Metal
Enameling* SWCG Workshop. Experiment
with metal enameling techniques.
October, 2017 (Date and Time TBA) - Brass Etching* SWCG workshop. Randall will demonstrate a simple technique for etching patterns on brass and other copper alloys.
December, 2017 (Date and Time TBA) - Glitter Walk* SWCG social. Meet for an early supper at a downtown Glendale restaurant, then walk the Glendale Glitters street festival.
December 9, 2017 - LibCon West at the Glendale Public Library, 59th Avenue & Brown. This is a teen-oriented SF/Fantasy/Anime/Pop culture festival hosted by the Glendale Public Library. http://libconwest.weebly.com/
March 30-April 2, 2018 – Costume-Con 36 in
March 22-25, 2019 - Costume-Con 37 at the Doubletree Boston North Shore hotel in Danvers, Massachussetts.
SWCG hosted Costume-Con
30 on May 11-14, 2012 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.
Click the link to see some pictures from the "Sick Pups"
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.
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President Mahala Sweebe
Vice President Sharan Hoyle
Treasurer and Newsletter
Editor Tasha Cady
Secretary Sharan Hoyle
Archivist Jean Palmer
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/
on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Design-By-Nola/128444573852616
Last updated January 12, 2016 by Randall Whitlock.