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 first 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 and an asterisk indicate an SWCG activity. Unless otherwise noted, SWCG Meetings begin at 1:00 PM.
February 9-March 31, 2019 (weekends plus Presidents' Day) - Arizona Renaissance Festival near Gold Canyon, Arizona. http://arizona.renfestinfo.com/
17-25, 2019 - Estrella War at Schnepf Farm in
Queen Creek, Arizona. The Society for Creative Anachronism
Kingdom of Atenveldt's annual festival of armored combat, arts
and sciences. http://estrellawar.org/
February 18-24, 2019 - Winter Range at the Ben Avery shooting facility, NWC Interstate 17 and Carefree Highway, north of Phoenix. This is the Single-Action Shooting Society's annual tournament of cowboy action shooting. Excellent "Sutler's Row" to stock up on your wild west/victorian/steampunk costume basics. http://www.winterrange.com/
February 19, 2019, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
February 23-24, 10-5, Arizona
Matsuri Festival at
February 24, 2019 - Rathyatrat Festival of Chariots at Kiwanis Park in Tempe. http://www.iskconphoenix.com
March 2-3, 2019 - Phoenix Scottish Games at Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. http://www.arizonascots.com/05games.shtml
March 2-4, 2019 - Kikori Con anime convention in Flagstaff, Arizona. http://www.kikoricon.com/
8-10, 2019 - Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention
at Old Tucson Studios. https://www.wildwestcon.com/
March 8-10, 2019 - Chandler Ostrich Festival at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler, Arizona https://ostrichfestival.com/
March 10, 2019 - Costume Academy 2019 at Language Studies International, 2015 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704. Presented by the Greater Bay Area Costume Guild. Advance registration required. http://www.gbacg.org/costume-academy/
March 16, 2019, 10AM- 3 PM - Apache Junction LibraryCon at Apache Junction Public Library, 1177 North Idaho Road. https://www.ajpl.org/
March 17, 2019, 12PM - Potluck of the Irish* SWCG social at Tasha's place in Glendale (e-mail the webmaster for directions). Irish-themed costume encouraged.
March 19, 2019, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
March 22-25, 2019 - Costume-Con 37 at the Doubletree Boston North Shore hotel in Danvers, Massachussetts.
2019 - Gila Valley Comic Con in Safford,
March 30, 2019, 12-11PM - Tucson Time Travelers' Masquerade at 160 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson (Scottish Rite building) Theme is "Heaven and Hell." (21 and over, please) https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3194731
April 7, 2019, 11AM - Make Stuff* SWCG workshop at Tasha's place. Make our stash of donated fabric into bags an other items suitable for fundraisers and prize donations.
April 16, 2019, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
April 18-21, 2019 - LepreCon 45 at Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix North at 10220 N Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ. http://leprecon.org/
May 5, 2019 - Personal Projects* SWCG Stitch and B___ at Jean and Nola's place.
May 21, 2019, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
2019 - Con-Nichiwa anime convention in
Tucson, Arizona. http://www.con-nichiwa.com/
2019 - Medieval Mayhem Renaissance
Faire at Mountain Meadow
July 14, 2019
- Pool Party*
SWCG social at Castle Cady Classic. Swimmable costume
encouraged. Theme is fantasical sea creatures.
2019 - Itty Bitty Fur Con at Mesa Convention
August 30 - September 2, 2019 - CoKoCon at Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix North at 10220 N Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ . http://cokocon.org/
August 30 - September 2, 2019 - Saboten Con www.sabotencon.com
2019 - Brass Etching*
SWCG workshop at Randall's place (tentative). Randall will
demonstrate a technique for etching brass, copper or bronze
using circuit board fluid.
September 8-10, 2019 - TusCon 46 at Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites. https://tusconscificon.com/
October 6, 2019 - Dyeing to Meet You* SWCG workshop at Paula's place. Paula will demo one or more fabric dyeing techniques.
October 25-27, 2019 - Arizona Fur Con Music "Furstival" at Delta Hotels Phoenix Mesa - Mesa Convention Center. http://www.arizonafurcon.com/
25, 2020 - Tempe Library FanCon at the Tempe
Public Library at Rural Road and Southern Avenue.
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.
Click on the highlighted text to send an e-mail message or visit a personal web page.
President Paula Lary
Vice President, Secretary
and Webmaster Randall Whitlock
Treasurer and Newsletter
Editor Tasha Cady
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 February 12, 2019 by Randall Whitlock.