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.
March 18-19, 2017 - Battle
of Pichacho Peak
reenactment at Picacho Peak State Park https://azstateparks.com/picacho/events/picacho-peak-civil-war-in-the-southwest
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?
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?
24-25 - Con-Nichiwa Anime Convnetion in Tucson AZ - http://www.con-nichiwa.com/
April 2, 2017
- Viking Garb* SWCG
social at Tasha's
place. Baroness Dallah of
the Misty Forest will show us some basics of Viking
2017 - Maricopa County Fair at 19th
Avenue & McDowell Road, Phoenix. http://maricopacountyfair.org/
April 18, 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 Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
Big giant nasty plants and an epidemic of
blindness. 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 library.
April 20-24, 2017 – Costume-Con 35 at the Hilton Mississaugua/Meadowvale, 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga (near Toronto), Ontario, Canada http://costumecon35.com/
April 20-24, 2017, 11AM
to 6PM - LibCon 2017 The popular gathering
of pop culture fans (ages 12-18) runs from
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club
Compadre Branch located at 300 E. Chandler
Blvd., Chandler AZ. LibCon is free event
with no registration required.. www.chandlerlibrary.org/libcon
May 7, 2017 -
SWCG social. Cap'n Moreg Zahm will
demonstrate some basic makeup techniques for
May 16, 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 Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
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
19-21 - Mad Monster Phoenix -
Horror/SciFi/Fantasy - Scottsdale, AZ http://madmonster.com/
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. Look for SWCG members on stage at the masquerade.
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 March 15, 2016 by Randall Whitlock.