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″I collect textures, materials and ideas to work with and from. I love the challenge of crafting incoherent parts into a whole through everything from illustrations and jewellery to sewing, writing or sculpture. It is an innate desire to strive and discover something new to share or story to tell that drives me.″
-- Ruth Steinback

Special Update [Sept 4, 2015]:
In honour of its display at the Georgetown Library Cultural Centre I am honoured to announce the completion of the making-of walkthrough of my fire kimono!
If you would like to see the display in person stop by the Georgetown Public Library at 9 Church St, Georgetown Ontario. The display case is in the main lobby. There is also a unique opportunity to join a number of local artists (including me!) for a display and demonstration of our work for Culture Days running Sat Sept 26 from 10am - 5pm, and Sun Sept 27 from 1pm -5pm. Hope to see you there!

Cosplay Special Feature »
Sakura's Flame Kimono [Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles]

Tsubasa: Sakura's Fire Kimono
» Behind the Scenes: Making Sakura's kimono
See the costume come together from design of each of the parts through handpainting all the flames.

» Collected Photo Gallery
See a gorgeous collection of photos of the completed costume at various shoots and events.

Art Update [March 26, 2015]:
Several more images have been uploaded in both my illustration (3) and sketch (7) categories!

Anime North Update [June 10, 2014]:
I'm finally able to upload some news about the reason why I haven't been very active on line for the past 5 months. Cat and I were working our fingers to bloody calloused stab wounds working on finishing off our Trinity Blood cosplays for CostumeCon32 and Anime North this year. It paid off though, at the AN Masquerade we won Best in Show for our workmanship and presentation! I'm still pretty floored, but wow. <3

More pictures will continue to be uploaded as time and discovery permits.

Photo Courtesy of Grayden Laing for Canadian Animation.

Relaunch Update [January 12, 2014]:
Hello again! It has been awhile, and you may notice some changes to the site. I've learned some css and javascript in order to streamline my galleries throughout the whole website. Now it will be much more efficient for me to update with new projects and artworks, and will hopefully be more pleasant for you to navigate as well!

Please forgive the missing descriptions on several of the jewellery designs yet and a few pages with content still blocked. I've been so intent on getting the site ready to go live that I haven't had time to finish pulling those together yet along with quite a few more things I need to catch up on sharing. Thank you for your interest! Please let me know if something doesn't seem right or isn't working - I may already be fixing the issue or it could be something I've overlooked the 30+ times I've been editing each page.

Once I get all a few more details all in order on the website I'll be uploading many new jewellery designs to my etsy store, so keep an eye out!

Further Updates:
• We have in-page navigation to help you explore, check the 'to top' arrows on the left of the headings
• [Jan 25] Pretty new menu images here on the index!
• [Jan 25] New pet photos online!

• [Jan 28] 2 more Logos and Design in Art: the inks for my website images & an older business card design
• [Jan 28] Formatted galleries and began adding images to several costumes in crafts
• [Jan 28] Completed cosplay galleries for Sakura (CCS) and A20 (.Hack)

• [Jan 30] Completed, at least for now, the Touhou Youmu cosplay gallery.

High Park » Blossoms and Flames

To those who saw me in costume during the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Festival in High Park, Toronto way back on May 5 2013 - I would still love to see/have a copy of any photos! I don't think I have ever been photographed that many times in my life but I had an absolute blast and can't wait to see some of the photos! I hope you all had a lovely day, got some incredibly brilliant photographs and didn't get too sunburned. :)

My best e-mail to use is brightling (at) live (dot) ca. If you do send me photos please include your name and any gallery links so I can credit you for your work! Thank you so much! It was a pretty incredible day. -- Ruth.

Oh, and for ease of reference I should share my info and that of the character:

Model: Ruth "brightling" Steinback [ / ]
Costume: Sakura, from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles by CLAMP

Photo courtesy of Alex Luyckx.