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.
Southwest Costumers Guild has a "Yahoo Groups" e-mail discussion forum. Contact the webmaster for information on how to join.
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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.
October 10-November 2, 2014 –
October 17-19, 2014 – Comic
Media Expo at the
2014 – Helldorado Days in
October 19, 2014 – Straighten Jean Out* SWCG social and activity at Jean’s
North 32nd Drive, in Phoenix AZ. Hang out,
converse and help President Jean finish the organization
of the guild book
collection we started this summer.
October 19, 2014 – Straighten Jean Out* SWCG social and activity at Jean’s place, 7742 North 32nd Drive, in Phoenix AZ. Hang out, converse and help President Jean finish the organization of the guild book collection we started this summer.
OCTOBER 24-26 - FRIDAY - SUNDAY -Wild Western Festival , from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at
October 24-25, 30-31, November 1, 6-8 @ 7:30pm, October 25, 26, November 1, 2, 8 @ 2:00pm - Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock By David Mamet at the Brelby Theatre, 6835 N 58th Ave. Glendale, AZ www.brelby.com
October 31-November 2, 2014 –
November 1-2, 2014 –
November 6-8, 2014 –
November 8-9, 2014 –
November 9, 2014 – All Souls Procession in downtown
2014 – Southern Crusades – Society for Creative
combat, arts & sciences camping event at
November 14, 2014, 6-10 PM –
November 23, 2014 – More Fun with Felt* – SWCG workshop at Sharan’s place. Sharan will again demonstrate her monster pincushion pattern. You can build one or follow another project with our stash of felt of various colors.
December 12-15, 2014 – Phoenix ComiCon Fanfest at
December 21, 2014 – Solstice Potluck* SWCG social at Chuck & Tasha’s place. Celebrate the first day of winter with lunch with your friends. Annual officer elections.
January 29, 2015 – Doggie Beds* SWCG workshop at Chuck & Tasha’s place. Build pet mattresses to donate to a local animal shelter.
January 29-31, 2015 –
February 22, 2015 – War Prep* SWCG workshop at Jean’s place. Get your costumes in condition for the annual SCA Estrella War.
March 29, 2015 – Fabric Challenge* SWCG workshop at Chuck & Tasha’s place. Create a project using the silver satin stash. Maybe something we can appear in together at conventions?
SWCG hosted Costume-Con 30 on May
11-14, 2012 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. Check out
Richard Man's images from the event at http://www.rfman.com/SF-and-Fantasy-Conventions/Costume-Con-30 .
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
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 Jean Palmer
Vice President Mahala Sweebe
Treasurer Tasha Cady
Secretary Randall Whitlock
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
on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Design-By-Nola/128444573852616
Last updated October 14, 2014 by Randall Whitlock.