Welcome! My name is Momo Kariño (spelled Karinyo for social media links, which don't allow ñ's in their usernames, haha), and I am a cosplayer, seamstress, artist, and designer who is extremely passionate about pop culture costuming! Formerly known as Momo Kurumi, I have been cosplaying since 2007, and started making the majority of my costumes as early as 2011.
From a young age, I have been drawing, crafting, dreaming, and creating art.
I was introduced to anime and conventions and took to the hobby of cosplay very quickly. It then became a lifelong passion of mine to create costumes, and I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Apparel Design and Technology and minor in Art and Design. Learning never stops though, and I'm always up for a new challenge to push my skills even further!
Within the past few years, I have made over 100 costumes, won several awards for my craftsmanship, and been invited to judge several costume contests. Additionally, I have had the honor to guest for various conventions, as well as collaborate with companies like Viz Media and Funimation. I also regularly present panels at conventions ranging from craftsmanship content, to social issues in the cosplay world, as well as how to brand yourself as a cosplayer. As of late, I have been producing downloadable sewing patterns for Etsy and posting informational cosplay videos on YouTube.
It is my goal to spread positivity, and diversity awareness in the cosplay community. I believe cosplay is for everyone, since cosplay is for fun- and everyone deserves to have fun! Everyone is entitled to have a welcome space to share their love for a series, express themselves creatively, and just be their nerdy selves! I believe change starts from within, so I intend to be a positive influence for others to look up to, and a cosplay veteran that newer cosplayers can learn from!
My mission statement in cosplay is as follows:
"Momo Kariño Cosplay provides accessible sewing patterns, and
educational content to cosplayers globally. Momo seeks to equip dreamers with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to follow their heart and achieve their goals; to be extraordinary, to be creative, and to cultivate positivity and diversity in the cosplay community."