We had the good fortune of connecting with Patricia Yoshioka and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patricia, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born in the U.S. but I moved to the Dominican Republic at a young age. My mom worked as a flight attendant and we didn’t have a lot of money. Since she was not at home often, and we could not always afford new clothes, she showed me how to become self sufficient and take care of what I had. One of the first things she showed me was how to stich and hem my clothes. These simple things would eventually jumpstart my passion in sewing.
I also grew up watching a lot of anime. I always found anime to be inspiring, because it lead me into an immersive world where my mind could wander. There were no limits or strings attached to the characters, and I found that each new anime I watched was like a good ol fashion story book. While I liked some characters more than others, this world of possibilities eventually brought me to the world of cosplay.
While the act of cosplay may seem relatively simple, I found out that it soon became so much more to me. With every new outfit I made, a lot of time went into designing and figuring out how to pull out a 2D object into my 3D world. As I started to get better at making these outfits, I found that sometimes my love for the character was because of what they were wearing. As I added tips and tricks on how to sew to my arsenal, a portal opened to take my craft to the next level. I am now able to craft as I wish, and sewing is a passionate outlet for my creativity.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Sewing has always been a hobby for me. Through practice, experience, and commitment to the art, I have learned how to do everything that I am capable of doing today. This passion has also opened new doors that have allowed me to dabble in other endeavors, such as making custom lace, embroidery and prop making. These “expansion packs” that I have acquired to support my craft are what I feel really set me apart from others. It has allowed me to open my own Esty store and win numerous awards at cosplay competitions. Some of my best awards so far have been best in class ALA 2018, runner up to represent the US at the world cosplay summit 2018. and best in show Wondercon 2019.
While I have had a few struggles with self confidence in my early days, I found the best way to get through those hurdles are with friends who share the same interest. Their support and passion are sometimes the last ounce of courage you need to try new things.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I was going to have a friend over for a week, some of the places that I would love to take them include: downtown Disney, the orange circle, the LA fabric district, the San Diego Zoo, and the Aquarium of the Pacific. While southern California has a variety of places to eat, some of my favorite places are The Beetle House, Oshima Sushi, the Marukai Supermarket Food Court in Costa Mesa, and Orange Hill Restaurant.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout would have to start with my mom and grandmother. They both taught me all the basics and are the ones that I would credit with letting my creative genie out of the bottle. I would also like to thank my husband for being so supportive of my hobby, and helping me when I get stuck. He is my sidekick, behind the scenes handler, and number 1 fan. Lastly, I would also like to thank Sean Laine. He is my friend and photographer who helps me try new things. He makes me feel confidant in what I create, and helps flourish my creativity with his own.
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