It’s Meet The Cosplayer again, and today we’re meeting Meg Barwick-Brag, known by persona of Ivy Black -(Ivy for Poison Ivy, and black for Black Widow), which is her two starting signature characters.
Ivy is a cosplayer from Manchester and she’s been cosplaying since 2015 but she has always loved costume design and dressing up as characters for Halloween years before learning what cosplay was.
Ivy started cosplaying following the death of an old friend who sadly passed away from cancer. They were both obsessed with Batman & Robin as children, to the point where Batman had a funeral. After her friend passed away Ivy became depressed and was working a job she hated. She then met a cosplayer called Lady Valentine Cosplay who worked above her and she invited her to a Batman shoot she was going to because they needed a Poison Ivy and her hair was red. Ivy loved it so much she set up her own page for the photo’s and She’s grown from just doing Ivy to at least 100 characters.
Ivy’s favourite cosplays are… all of them! She told us that she only chooses characters that she finds interesting to her so the one’s that she works on at the time are her favourite. Her most well known cosplay is her Black Widow because of the accuracy but her most recent was the Countess from American Horror Story Hotel.
(Photography by Ivy Black)
The one moment that sticks out for Ivy is where a lady asked her to appear at her son’s birthday party as his hero Black Widow. He had no idea she was coming and when she walked in he was so stunned he couldn’t speak. She told us “Half an hour later he was bringing me cupcakes and juice boxes like a little gentleman, and an hour later he was running round with my guns helping me “round up” Hydra agents (his friends). He asked if I’d stay to help him open his gifts and I had to leave so I told him I was going on another mission. He just nodded as if he understood, and said “SHIELD” knowingly. I high-fived him then and there”. That day was her best day because she really felt like she was somebody’s hero.
If you wanted one piece of advice from Ivy, she would tell you “Stop putting pressure on yourself, cosplay is a hobby and it’s supposed to be fun. It’s not a beauty pageant or anything you should take too seriously. If your hobby starts making you feel you’re not good enough then it’s no longer a hobby”.
If you want to find Ivy then make sure you go over to her Facebook page and give it a big thumbs up.
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