#ChibiCon2015 – Lesson learned ‪#CCSakurabana

This years ChibiCon, “small” winter festival held by Sakurabana Belgrade, is over. It was fantastic, fun and tiresome for “us” on the “other side” of the selling stands.

For years I’m participating in Artist Alley, that’s arts and crafts selling part of ChibiCon and Japanizam. And every year I underestimate the number of hairbands/necky’s for my stand. Well this year it was total bust! All my stuff was gone only 3h after opening on the first day. I had 12 sets of hairbands and neko chokers made as a gift for Sakurabana, even that was sold out until the end of first day (all money from that went to Sacurabana as donation for  #CCSakurabana).

In a nutshell, I learned my lesson!!! And I’m starting with preparations for this year Japanisam2015 NOW!!!
20150123_141854 20150123_142935

This year I had to face the worse thing any one who make craft can face – to tell that I don’t have more hairbands/neko chokers and to see disappointed look on children’s faces. I don’t want to face that feelings ever again 😦

As for ChibiCon 2015 goes, this was everything but SMALL festival!!! The number of people was unexpected more than 2000 people for 2 days!!! You can read how our organizers have experienced this year’s ChibiCon in their report (it’s on my native language – Serbian so be sure to turn on translator in your browser):
ChibiCon 2015 Report 

As for my impressions goes – I had to miss most of it once again. I did manage to take few quick snapshots on the other day, with traditionally poor camera.

This was my spot Sulless Art

And these where some of the other participants in Artist Alley:

On the second day Mina Mistiqarts an me had our place under the spotlights with lecture “Anime vs Jdorama”
These pictures are from official Sakurabana album taken by Bojan Vasiljević

Of course, the “backbone” of every event are volunteers, and this year they where helping and giving “free hugs” 🙂

Bit one thing that really made me happy is a piece of paper, this one<3
Well, I’m going back to my crochet hook.

Advertisements

Japanizam 2014 – summary

I promised and now is time to live up to my promise. Small warning – this will be a loooooooooooong text, I have to write about remaining 3 days of Japanizam convention 2014.  🙂

After the first day which I was writing about in previous text Japanizam 2014 – day 1, , I have to say one big THANK YOU to my Mila for lending me her skirt so I didn’t have to sit in my wet clothes the first day <3.

THE second day

The second day begun with me chasing a new pair of shoes. Someone at the bus stepped on the sole of my sandal and managed to rip it off. Well I have to rant a bit, I had a mini cosplay costume on and in 7 out of 10 stores I walked in sales person just ignored me, and only after I somehow managed to find new shoes and reached the Youth Center with a minimum delay – crowd was already there.

PICT0038

Second day was bit slower for us in Artist Alley but not too much. Nevertheless I did manage to take pictures of participants. And it was so many familiar faces there beside me (ofc 😀 )

Sulless Art Jewelery

IMG_20140703_134726

Gunpla Srbija

IMG_20140703_134628

 

Cajkin kovčežić s blagom

PICT0006-3

 

Mila do Tokija

PICT0008-3

Tanja Nikolić

PICT0005-3

Villena Viscaria i Sardonyx Lace

PICT0007-3

Teodora Novak

PICT0043

Kaleidoskop Ceca

PICT0044

Motor T Shirts

PICT0045

Shidoosha

PICT0046

BETA-goth jewelry

PICT0057

Kreativno nakit

PICT0047

Tsubaki

PICT0049

Jelena Čarnaus i Lana Ristić

PICT0055

Pumpkin Workshop

PICT0056

Dunja Dimić

PICT0060

Manga radionicaDelusor cosplay i Mistiqarts

PICT0061PICT0062

Miyu Mania

PICT0053

Dora Somova

PICT0051PICT0052

DarkwoodPICT0010-3

Festina Lente

PICT0059

Kokoro

PICT0058

 

Grenadier BeogradPICT0009-3

Sakura Shop

PICT0067 PICT0066

PICT0065

Ambasada Japana u SrbijiPICT0069PICT0068

I drugi:

PICT0054 PICT0011-2

And I managed to catch some OriSor moments ( #followingBorivojeIRL #followingOriSorinreallife  #OriSor  #AOT) 🙂

PICT0063 PICT0064

I did grab an 1h of free time to wist one lecture held by Juićiro Omori-san about Modern Japanese music

PICT0017-2 PICT0018-2 PICT0022-2 PICT0023-2 PICT0024-2 PICT0025-2 PICT0026-2 PICT0027-2 PICT0029-2 PICT0030 PICT0031 PICT0032

 

By the end of day 2 I had no nekomimi hairbands and neko chokers left, so my concerns were turned towards attempt to make some more of those which was hard considering the fact that I had only 3 more hairbands and 5 more bells left home.

Day 3 was slow, slow with sale, which wasn’t such a bad thing for me. I  managed to take snapshots of some people in cosplay, mostly our guests from Hungary and Bulgaria

PICT0003 PICT0004 PICT0005 PICT0006 PICT0007 PICT0033 PICT0034

And some of our cosplayers as well

PICT0070

PICT0010

And YES!!! I did manage to have two things that made me really happy! I finally bought corset, once again THANK YOU Villena! And I have some pictures with Nazgul (one of cosplayers from Hungary)

10536469_903866416296083_448983985_n 10521471_903866496296075_1667489755_n

A friend of mine, journalist was with us on a third day, she has a photo gallery of cosplayers and my recommendation is to take a pic at it HERE 😉

Day4, most expected day of convention, COSPLAY DAY!!! And I was dead tired, but I managed to stay awake and present most of the day, unfortunately not long enough to see cosplay competition 😥 . I did snap pictures of some cosplayers tho:

PICT0001-2 PICT0005-2 PICT0006-2 PICT0007-2 PICT0010-2 PICT0011 PICT0016 PICT0017 PICT0019 PICT0020 PICT0021 PICT0022 PICT0025 PICT0026 PICT0027

For pictures from competition I suggest this page (they will put pictures soon) Konvencija Japanizam 2014.

As I said before, I was stuck at my post on Artist Alley and I missed so much from lectures to shows, but from what I heard everything was more than fantastic, people had only best comments.

While I was dragging myself on a way home, half a sleep and sad because I’m missing best part of the day I did manage to take few snapshots of plato in front of Youth center.

PICT0028 PICT0029

Well, that’s it. I hope I’ll see you next year ^_^

 

Change of plans

I know I promised that I’ll write every day my report from Japanizam but I’m swamped with orders and I’m making nekomimi hairbands so I have to make small adjustment.

I’ll sit down on Monday and write a full report with pictures and my impressions regarding this year convention. With presenting most if not all participants of Artist alley, give you the pictures of atmosphere and some lectures/performances if I manage to get in some of them. And ofc, best for the end, details and full report on cosplay.

Sorry for change people but day is tooooooooooooooo short for me at this moment, I  hope you can understand that.

Japanizam 2014 – day 1

First day of Japanizam started with heavy clouds, and in the moment I managed to reach Youth Center I was soaking wet due to a strong rain. In short term – day didn’t promising much.

HOW WRONG WAS THAT IMPRESSION!!! 

Until the moment when program  officially began, crowd was  unusually big for the first day. Participant’s of Artist Alley where busy beyond every experience from previous years.  And by the end of the day so many of us faced a problem – the stock of products made for all 4 days where gone.

Unfortunately I managed to forget my photo camera so I made just a few fast snapshots before my cell phone battery run out. Pictures are bit blurry but this is just a small portion of atmosphere before beginning of first day.

IMG_20140703_134628 IMG_20140703_134647 IMG_20140703_134704 IMG_20140703_134717

And this is my place when I still had nekomimi hairbands.


IMG_20140703_134759IMG_20140703_134726

Day was tiring and  I did manage to grab moment to eat, at my post only late in the afternoon

IMG_20140703_163057

I did manage to grab a few moments and visit Loreal’s post where I got fantastic makeover from their girls, Loreal was promoting their Manga Look mascara, and I have to say I liked mascara very much!

IMG_20140703_191000

And now I have to run, day 2 is starting soon. Today I’m taking my photo camera so I promise that I’ll have more pictures of Artist Alley participants, atmosphere and more stories tonight.

For those in Belgrade, c ya at Youth Center today.

And Happy Independents day  for all my friends who celebrate it 🙂

T -1 Japanizam 2014

I promised the other day to write more about Japanizam and it’s program, but last two days my internet connection was almost nonexistent to wonky (my cell phone calls it that way) at best.

Well, Japanizam starts tomorrow!!!

And my preparations are in full speed. So I don’t have too much time for writing. Lett me show you just a bit of mess and my “little helper”  🙂

IMG_20140627_141916 IMG_20140627_142157

“No, this is mine and I won’t let you have it.”

IMG_20140630_144814

We where putting tags on neko necklaces. Kage was more than little interested in them.

IMG_20140630_145730 IMG_20140630_150844

 

 

It is more than clear that my “topic” for this year Japanizam’s Artist Alley is neko ^_^

 

In the end there is only one thing more to say, I’ll do my best to write you my impressions from day to day. So be sure to drop by and see the atmosphere at this year Japanizam.

See you all tomorrow 😉

Tick tock the clock is ticking T-4

It is finally time for me to stop being so lazy and update my blog.  Reason? By definition I shouldn’t have any special reason but around this time of year there is one, BIG one.

Ti’s only 4 days left until beginning of Japanizam in organization of NGO Sakurabana, and as you all know I participate every year in Artist alley part.

Now I have to be honest, I wasn’t all that lazy, preparations for  Artist Alley takes time, lots of it. And this year I had focus on special treat (pictures below will tell all)

IMG_20140624_002744Lol, not that one! This ones 🙂

IMG_20140627_142212 IMG_20140627_142244

And yes he is my little helper, my inspiration and he is a reason why my neko necklaces and nekomimi hairbands are not suitable for people allergic to cats :(.

Since my focus was on crocheting I didn’t do much of a tatting lately, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t have any of tatted lace on display.  In fact , I plan to give huge discount on all tatted items since I plan to make space for new collections.

So, this year all tatted items will be on 50 – 70% discount!

(I have to emphasize that most of these are not my designs and when I found time to post them on my FB Page  in description you’ll be able to see  names of a designers with proper credits)

001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012 013 014 015 016 017 018 019 020 021

Well, that’s it, for today. Tomorrow I’ll tell you more about plans for this years Japanizam program, and maybe some of creative mess (mostly just mess – LOL )   that is my working environment.

See ya all in FOUR DAYS!!!

Japanizam 2013 – Day 4 – Grand Finale!!!

Today  was the last day of Japanizam 😥

And today was the biggest crowd of all 4 days and THE BEST day of all!!!

Today was COSPLAY day!!! I didn’t participate in cosplay competition or had cosplay costume for that matter but…I did wear my yukata ^_^

PICT0131

 

Yukata I’m wearing was made by Mina Petrović – Mistiqarts  ❤

And I know that you are anxious to hear about today but let me first keep my promise  and present to you rest of the participants in Artist Alley.

Mila do Tokija

PICT0027

Dunja Dimić

PICT0007

 

Shiz Art

PICT0032

 

Lana Ristić

PICT0008

Kaleidoskop Ceca

PICT0028

 

Vilena Viscaria corsets

PICT0030

 

Branko Vitas

PICT0011

 

And manny others

PICT0013PICT0049PICT0047PICT0045

PICT0040

 

As well as our gifted kids that made cute portraits of visitors 🙂

My promise is fulfilled now and I can write about todays events.

In noon doors was open and people start coming….

First event that caused euphoria was Performers Show where dancers and singers had their time under the spotlight.I did managed to sneak and see some performances.  But I did filmed performance of Chiemi Fukumori
http://s969.photobucket.com/user/Kvarta126/media/PICT0030_zps24e43a74.mp4.html

And performance of Ultimate Dance by Borivoje Naumovski -which was truly fantastic unfortunately stage set was in shadow so on my video you can see only shadows … the video I’m gonna link to you is just a bit better but when I get good video later on I promise that I will post it 😉
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200871738453900

During this events corridors where empty but in the time between two events… well it looked like this

PICT0018 PICT0035 PICT0036 PICT0037 PICT0038 PICT0039 PICT0042 PICT0045

 

People in cosplay costume where all around, and I must say this – competitors were seen in their costumes on stage for the first time so…next pictures are visitors in cosplay costumes ^^

PICT0019 PICT0020 PICT0025 PICT0028 PICT0032 PICT0034 PICT0043 PICT0046 PICT0051 PICT0130 PICT0150

 

In 17 pm corridors of Youth Center truly resembled  to some ghost town, that was appointed time for most expected event of the day – COSPLAY DEFILE and competition.

Defile was divided into two parts. First part was for the juniors they did compete but they did not participate in the selection for participation in this year EuroCosplay in London – which was first prise for the competitors over 18 years .

These pictures are from juniors part and I have to say it was really hard to catch a good picture – they all were very active

PICT0058 PICT0062 PICT0071 PICT0075 PICT0076 PICT0079 PICT0083 PICT0089

 

While our organisers dressed in their costumes introduced second part of competition I managed to snap few photos of public, and we had cosplayed and

international public indeed ^_^

PICT0053 PICT0057 PICT0060 PICT0098

 

Then started second part in which first prize winner is going to represent Serbia on EuroCosplay in London.

PICT0101 PICT0103 PICT0108 PICT0111

Not only public vas international, these two girls came from Croatia to compete, Sakurabana starting from this year is regional representative for EuroCosplay.

PICT0116

My battery died so I missed some competitors but not before I managed to snap a photo of lady whose costume won first prize – Ljubica Dolasevc

PICT0122

 

Awards were given to winners by Japanese ambassador Masafumi Kuroki

PICT0142

 

After that I managed to “hunt down” and photograph ladies from Sakurabana organisation in their costumes Jelenu dressed as Sister from WH40K

PICT0147

 

and Isidora as Griffit from Berserk anime/manga, well to be honest I didn’t miss the opportunity to take picture of her with second prise winner performing as  Guts from same anime/manga (one of my favorites) ^_^

PICT0148 PICT0149

 

Whit that only Jpop/Jrock party left…but I was to tired to wait it. With sorrow I left still crowded Youth Center.