Hi, I'm Rachel, known online as Maridah!
I'm an anime, video game, comic, fantasy, and sci-fi fan who loves to cosplay. Thanks to my father, I’m a lifelong nerd after being introduced to Star Wars and sci-fi conventions as a child. I enjoy posting about my hobbies, so follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for frequent updates!
I started cosplaying around 2001. Over the years, I’ve made many costumes for myself and my friends. I've also modeled costumes and products for companies and artists. This blog features some of those costumes I’ve worn in recent years.
I grew up in Dallas, Texas, and found interest in the performing arts at an early age. I attended the city's Arts Magnet high school, where I learned the basics of costume making. I spent my 20's living in California, working & earning my bachelor's degree in Electronic Arts. I worked in the gaming industry for 8 years in Community Management, Marketing, and Business Development.
I currently live in New England with my husband Kevin and dog son Spanky. Kevin, aka HayabusaKnight, photographs my cosplay & helps with the production of my photosets. (He's also a model for some of my sewing patterns!) I make sewing patterns for both cosplay & fashion. You can find my fashion patterns at www.craft.garden
I enjoy cosplay in my free time, but I'm also up to non-costume-related things too! My other hobbies include gardening, foraging, hiking, and working on writing a novel series. I occasionally collect anime figures, Dollfie Dreams, and BJDs.
Name: Rachel Lynn
Birthday: September 28, 1984
Eye Color: Grey
Rachel Lynn ( Maridah )
P.O. Box 320846
Fairfield, CT 06825
"What is Cosplay to you?"
Cosplay is a hobby that allows me to express my fandom for shows and games. In the same way that some draw fan art, cosplay allows me to show my love for a character, show, or game.
"Do you make your own costumes?"
I’ve made many of the costumes I wear but not all of them in recent years. Along with the costumes I have constructed, I've modeled costumes for several companies and others I’ve bought from retailers.
"How long do you see yourself Cosplaying?"
As long as I’m having a good time doing it, I’ll keep cosplaying.
"What do you enjoy most about Cosplay?"
I like meeting fellow fans and sharing my fandom with others.
"How do you pronounce Maridah?"
"I’m attending a convention you will be at. Can we schedule a photoshoot?"
If you spot me at an event I’m happy to pose for photos when I’m in costume, but I don't like to schedule photoshoots.
"Can I interview you for my blog?"
As long as I'm not preoccupied with work, I’m happy to be interviewed. Cosplay is my hobby, so I may not always have the ability to respond due to other responsibilities.
"Can I use photos of you on my site or for a class project?"
You must provide credit to my site and abide by these rules:
Do not use my images to sell something (example: costume or wig listing.)
My work is not for use as content on a site, video, or livestream that generates ad revenue or takes donations without expressed written consent.
Do not use my images in something that is to be sold (example: print, magazine, etc.) without permission.
Do not post my content if your site sells cosplay goods.
Please don’t use my photos to compare/contrast in a negative way with other cosplayers or if your site contains rude content.
If your site is adult in nature, please do not share my content on it.
Do not watermark over my photos or use them to advertise your site.
My photos are not stock images and should not be used in a manner that stock images are used in.
"Can I use your photo as art reference?"
You are more than welcome to use my work as inspiration for drawings and art exercises if the end product is not meant to be sold. If you draw something based on my cosplay, please share it with me!
"Can you tell me how you made a certain costume?"
Please check out my blog. I have a number of posts outlining the construction of different cosplays I've made. The process of making a whole cosplay is usually too broad to explain sufficiently with an email
"Do you have recommendations on good equipment / cosplay supplies?"
I have a supply list of products I have used or otherwise recommend. They are compiled on this Amazon Page.