Hi, I'm Rachel, known online as Maridah! I live in New England with my spouse, Kevin, and our senior Shiba Inu, Spanky. Kevin, aka HayabusaKnight, is the other half of Maridah.com!
What is Maridah.com? It's my cosplay blog that I've run for the last 15 years! In that time it has morphed into my cosplay tutorial repository, sewing pattern store, and a portfolio of my cosplay.
Kevin and I are both long-time cosplayers & occasional photographers for one another. While I'm making new resources, patterns, and tutorials for this site, Kevin manages our socials and business (and spoils Spanky.)
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 costume-making basics. I spent my 20's living in California, working & earning my bachelor's degree in Electronic Arts. I worked in the gaming industry for eight years in Community Management, Marketing, and Business Development. Now, I make sewing patterns for both cosplay & fashion. You can find my cosplay patterns here on this site and my fashion patterns at craft.garden
Cosplay & pattern making are my day jobs, but I'm also up to non-costume-related things! My other hobbies include Vtubing and making items for Dollfie Dreams and BJDs.
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Kevin aka HayabusaKnight is a New Englander with nearly 20 years of cosplay experience.
If you've been in the cosplay community for as long, you might find he looks familiar! He was frequently the ACE's Featured Male Cosplayer on American Cosplay Paradise and has numerous cosplays under his belt.
Kevin is Maridah.com's Business Manager & helps me brainstorm new products, keep on top of sharing customer posts on socials, and staffs our booth at conventions on the regular. (Stop by our table to say hi!) Kevin is also the photographer for the majority of photos on this website. You may see him in one of our costumes made for the pattern store. He's my model for men's costumes.
When he's not helping me run Maridah.com, he's outside touching grass (hiking or biking our area's many trails.) His other hobbies include cooking, martial arts, and lock-picking. (I promise the last one is not as shady as it sounds!)
"What is Cosplay to you?"
Cosplay is a hobby that allows us to express fandom for shows and games. (It's also how we met!) In the same way that some draw fan art, cosplay enables us to show love for a character, show, or video game.
"Do you make your own costumes?"
We've made many of the costumes we wear but not all. Along with the outfits we both respectively constructed, we've also modeled costumes for companies & bought from retailers over the years. Our costume gallery pages will usually note what was made or bought.
"How do you pronounce Maridah?"
"I’m attending a convention you will be at. Can we schedule a photoshoot?"
If you spot us at an event, we're happy to pose for photos when in costume, but usually have obligations that keep us from scheduling photoshoots.
"Can I interview you for my blog?"
As long as we are too not preoccupied with work, we're happy to be interviewed. We may not always be able to due to other responsibilities, but will do our best to let you know when we are available!
"Can I use photos of you on my site or for a class project?"
You must provide credit to this site and abide by these rules:
Do not use our images to sell something (such as on a costume or wig listing.)
Our work is not for use as content on any site, video, or livestream that generates ad revenue or takes donations without expressed written consent.
Do not use our images in something that is to be sold or distributed (e.g. print, magazine, etc.) without a contractual agreement with us.
Do not post our content if your site or account sells cosplay goods.
Please don’t use our photos to compare/contrast negatively with other cosplayers.
If your site or account is adult in nature, please do not share our content on it.
Do not watermark our photos or use them to advertise your site.
Our 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 an art reference?"
You are more than welcome to use our work as inspiration for drawings and art exercises if the end product is not meant to be sold. If you draw something based on our cosplay, please share it with us!
"Can you tell me how you made a certain costume?"
Please check out the blog and our video page. Maridah makes posts & videos outlining the construction of different cosplays from time to time. The process of making a whole cosplay is usually too broad to explain sufficiently in an email
"Do you have recommendations on good equipment or cosplay supplies?"
We have a supply list of products we use or otherwise recommend. They are compiled on this Amazon Page.