From chatting to LARP traders at various points over the last year it seems that diversifying is the way forward money is to keep flowing into coffers. All kinds of interesting projects have been going on behind the scenes, with Evenlode sending beautiful leatherwork off to star on the stage rather than in a muddy field and White Rose Apparel teamed up with Mandala Studios over the winter to create incredible PU armour that looks remarkably like plate!
It’s quite clear that if traders want to thrive then they have to explore other options for their skills too. This short documentary explores the current cosplay and LARP scenes and features an interview with Tabitha Lyons from Arty Fakes.
Arty Fakes diversified from LARP into Cosplay when Tabitha discovered a new hobby. They also offer training courses on prop making at their studios in beautiful Norfolk. While it’s possible to learn how to make props and costumes on the internet or by picking up snippets of information from friends, there’s nothing quite like learning from somebody else who actually knows their stuff backwards, utilising their skills week in and week out to make props and costumes for other LARPers.
Anyway, I’ll leave you in Tabitha’s capable hands as she discusses how they diversified into Cosplay to find a new market, and what she personally enjoys about the hobby.
If you’re a trader and you’re diversifying into another area please do drop us a line here at LARP.GUIDE. We’d love to know how it’s going for you and perhaps head over to your studio to shoot some pictures of you at work.