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
publication, we post Cactus Needles to this web site for all
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.
April 20-22, 2018 - Con
Nichiwa anime convention at the Tucson Convention Center. http://www.con-nichiwa.com/
April 29th – May 2nd. Sony Pictures Presents Labyrinth (1986) Three Day Fan Celebration. Journey into Jim Henson’s magical Labyrinth when the 1986 fantasy-adventure returns to the big screen for three days only as a nationwide fan celebration. Audiences are encouraged to attend the screenings in costume to celebrate the nostalgia, music and legacy of this beloved film. However masks, face-concealing make-up, fake weapons as well as any costumes that conceal what you are carrying, your natural body shape or face are strictly prohibited. 7pm. Also 2pm on the 29th. 2 theaters https://www.fathomevents.com/events/labyrinth
Cinemark 16 Mesa--1051 N. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85201 and Ahwatukee 24--4915 E Ray Road, Phoenix, AZ 85044
May 5, 2018 - Free
Comic Book Day @ The Libary at Velma Teague
Branch Libary, 7010 N. 58th Avenue, Glendale. Drawn
to Comics, downtown Glendale's source for comic books, gaming,
and collectibles, is proud to team up with the Velma Teague
Branch Library to bring you a brand-new Free Comic Book Day
experience that will be their best one yet. Enjoy local artists,
community family activities, cosplay, pop culture musicians
(including the Driftwood Quintet, Minibosses and Dratini on the
Rocks) and, of course, free comics galore! Activities will take
place inside the Velma Teague Branch (7010 N. 58th Ave.),
outside in Murphy Park, and at the Drawn to Comics store located
across the street (5801 W. Glendale Ave.). Don't miss the
Glendale comic book event of the year! For more information,
please visit http://drawntocomics.com/event/drawn-comics-free-comic-book-day-festival/
The musical performances are part of the 2018 Driftwood Quintet Downtown Glendale Residency, funded by the City of Glendale’s Centerline Arts & Cultural Initiative.
May 6, 2018 - Stitch and B**** at Paula's place in Tempe. Follow up on the Viking pattern from April. Bring your proxies for the ICG annual meeting!
May 11-14, 2018 – Costume-Con 36 in
May 11, 2018 - Mesa
Second Friday in downtown Mesa. This month's theme
is Sci Fi Friday. https://www.2ndfridaynightout.com/
May 15, 2018, 7 PM - CASFS Book & Media
Social at Denny's 9030 N. Black Canyon
Highway, Phoenix (NWC I-17 and Dunlap Road).
This month, we consider "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare and the film, "Forbidden Planet."
May 24-27, 2018 - Phoenix Comic Fest at the Phoenix Convention Center. https://phoenixcomicon.com/
June 3, 2018 - Brass Etching* at Tasha's place. Randall has found a simple chemical etching technique that works on brass, bronze and copper. Bring a black Sharpie brand marking pen. They are available with fine, blunt or calligraphy tips.
This month, we
Vorpatril's Alliance" by Lois McMaster Bujold
August 31-September 3, 2018 - Saboten
Con anime convention at the Phoenix Convention
Center, 340 North 3rd Street, Phoenix http://www.sabotencon.com/
September 2, 2018 - Bead Project* (tentative). Experiment with some Russian-style braided beads.
September 14, 2018 - Mesa Second Friday in downtown Mesa. This month's theme is Pirate Block Party. https://www.2ndfridaynightout.com/
October 12, 2018 - Mesa Second Friday in downtown Mesa. This month's theme is Nightmare on Main. https://www.2ndfridaynightout.com/
November 9-11, 2018 - TusCon 45 at Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson AZ. Arizona's longest-running annual science fiction convention. https://www.tusconscificon.com/
December 8, 2018, 11-5 - LIBCON West at the Glendale Main Library (5959 W. Brown St.) Get ready to let loose, drop in, and geek out! Glendale Public Library is proud to present our third annual library comic convention. Celebrate all things pop culture, with cosplay, gaming, crafts, stories, trivia, vendors, food trucks, prizes and more at this free, family-friendly event. We have activities for all ages! For more information, visit www.libconwest.org.
March 22-25, 2019 - Costume-Con 37 at the Doubletree Boston North Shore hotel in Danvers, Massachussetts.
March 22-23, 2019 - Gila Valley Comic Con in Safford, Arizona. https://www.facebook.com/GilaValleyComicCon/
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 and Webmaster
Treasurer and Newsletter
Editor Tasha Cady
Secretary Melissa Weathersby
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
Check out Nola's YouTube channel, "CostumeTrek." https://www.youtube.com/results?q=costumetrek+channel&sp=UBQ%253D
Last updated April 18, 2018 by Randall Whitlock.