About Me

Hello! My name is Mary Blanche, but I’m also known as Essie of Who online. Essie is my nickname, I’m sometimes called this online, and very rarely in person. I am an artist who intended on working as an animator for Disney since I was little, but I attended college for music education, left college due to health problems, and became an artist/illustrator, seamstress, and anything else that can pay the bills.

I’ve been drawing since I was 3 years old, sewing since I was 8, and taking photographs since I was 14. Because of a Renaissance Festival near where I lived, I was introduced to the world of historical costuming in the 1990’s and I became interested in cosplay in 2005-ish, but didn’t cosplay for the first time until my first convention in 2009. Ever since then, I’ve become interested in not just costuming/cosplay, but making normal clothing and sewing other things that strike my fancy.

In addition to being an artist/illustrator, I make and sometimes sell prints of photographs I took. I also run a second blog, The Estella Initiative, a lifestyle and travel blog, and two Youtube channels, Essie of Who, a craft, sewing, and DIY channel, and The Estella Initiative, a channel dedicated to all the videos I recorded at festivals, conventions, and other places.

Although I enjoy making costumes/cosplays and clothes for myself, I don’t like to make and sell them, sans rare occasions. I used to sell dresses and clothing I designed myself, but I stopped due to my life becoming too busy to design and sew new things to sell.

I enjoy sewing, taking photographs, roaming Renaissance festivals, admiring dresses, spending time with my dog, Brownie, exploring my home state of Arizona, and just being alive.

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