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.
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.
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A few weeks after its initial
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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.
August 20, 2017, 10 AM to 1 PM -
AZ Haunters Zombie Make & Take at
Heatsync Labs, 140 West Main Street, Mesa AZ.
for information on how to participate.
August 15, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month's book is Rivers of London (US Title: Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovitch
London probationary constable Peter Grant
must learn the basics of magic, interrogate ghosts and meet
with the local deities to solve a series of bizarre murders in
the first of this engaging urban fantasy series.
1-4 2017 - Saboten-Con
- Phoenix AZ http://www.sabotencon.com/ Arizona's
Premier Japanese Pop-Culture Convention 340 N 3rd St
Phoenix AZ 85004
2017 (Date and Time TBA) - Metal
Enameling* SWCG Workshop. Experiment
with metal enameling techniques.
2017, 3PM - Serenity in the Desert
- at Studio Movie Grill in Scottsdale. Arizona Browncoats
annual screening of "Serenity" for the benefit of Kids Need
To Read. http://azbrowncoats.org/CSTS
September 19, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month's book is Witchworld by Andre Norton
WWII vet Simon Tregarth, a man on the run,
escapes from our world into another, where magic still has
30 and October 1, 2017. Thrill Halloween
at Phoenix Convention Center. Arizona's ONLY convention
for Halloween lovers provides workshops, hands-on
activities, panels, contests, exclusive merchandise and
exhibitors for a Halloween experience for everyone. It
is only (super)natural that AZ Haunters would be part of
the action! Log in and comment here: https://azhaunters.com/showthread.php?67-Thrill-Halloween&p=150#post150
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.
October 1, 2017, 5 PM - Serenity in the Desert - at the Fox Theater in Tucson. Arizona Browncoats annual screening of "Serenity" for the benefit of Kids Need To Read. http://azbrowncoats.org/CSTS
October 17, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month's book is A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle
First-published Sherlock Holmes story. This is meant to be a broad
discussion of Sherlock and his many incarnations in print, stage
November 10-12, 2017 - TusCon - SF Convention at the Radison Hotel Tucson Airport in Tuscon, AZ - http://www.tusconscificon.com/
November 11-12, 2017 - Phoenix Fanfest at Phoenix Convention Center. https://myfanfest.com/phoenix/?utm_source=Comicon%20Newsletter%20Subscribers&utm_campaign=cec7c44470-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_26f1b7124d-cec7c44470-48804965&ct=t%28MNFF17_Newsletter_7_20_2017%29
November 17-19, 2017 - Arizona Fur Con at Scottsdale Resort, 7700 E. McCormick, Scottsdale AZ http://www.arizonafurcon.com/
November 21, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month's book is The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
One of the master's Hugo winners. Revolution in Luna City.
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. One day family friendly SF/Fantasy/Anime/Pop culture festival hosted by the Glendale Public Library. http://libconwest.weebly.com/
December 19, 2017, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month's book is Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
The Hogfather, spirit of the Discworld's favorite holiday is
missing. Can Death and his granddaughter fill in? Check out the
excellent 2006 two-part film.
January 27, 2018 - Tempe Library Con at Tempe Public Library (SWC Rural Road and Southern Avenue). The Library Comicon is an annual event featuring costume contests, artists & authors, shopping, and activities for children and adults alike. Fans of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Dr. Who, Star Trek and more are invited to gather at the Tempe Public Library in costume for a celebration of pop culture. http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/community-services/tempe-public-library/special-events/library-comicon
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
Check out Nola's Youtube channel, "CostumeTrek." https://www.youtube.com/results?q=costumetrek+channel&sp=UBQ%253D
Last updated August 13, 2017 by Randall Whitlock.