about the artist

My web handle is Folkenstal, but you can call me Ana. I’m located in Switzerland, Europe.
I’ve started with prop making by the end of 2012. In my workshop I build everything from weapons, armor, jewelry, and other props and items. When I get the chance, I visit local conventions to meet other artists who share the same passion as me and I often get to judge costume contests or have presentations at my booth.

As far as I remember, I’ve always been drawing or crafting something using all kind of materials. Started with paper and cardboard as a kid, worked with Sculpey, clay, and crafted non-metal jewelry for a while. Currently I’m working with Apoxie Sculpt a lot, pewter, foam, thermoplastics like Cosplayflex, and resin to create something new.

The first time I started with prop making in a serious kind of way was when I played The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I wanted to have a few weapons in real life, but the merch store of said video game didn’t have anything useful, so I googled and stumbled upon the “art of prop making”. It fascinated me to create something in real that is actually only available in a video game. So after a lot of reading and watching videos I decided to see this as a possible hobby of mine which I could truly enjoy.

I love prop making, it gives me nice challenges, troubleshooting and figuring out how something could be done is a big part of it.
Also trying out new materials is always valuable for my next projects to come.
If you want to know more about my work or want to commission me, fell free to check the FAQ.

what I offer for your events/conventions

 judging costume contest (english and german)

booth with an exhibition of my work

Having a cosplay repair station at my booth

interviews and photo shoots

live streams on twitch (english and german)

promotion on social media

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I’ll gladly answer your mail within 24 hours.
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events

Planned events 2020

  • Fantasy Basel
  • Geek Unchained
  • Zurich Game Show
  • Hero Fest Bern
  • Dragon Con (visitor)

Events 2019

  • Fantasy Basel (Costume Contest Judge)
  • Zurich Game Show (Costume Contest Judge)
  • Hero Fest Bern (Guest)

Events 2018

  • Fantasy Basel (Costume Contest Judge)
  • Zurich Game Show (Costume Contest Judge)
  • Hero Fest Bern (Guest)
  • Dragon Con (visitor)

Events 2017

  • Fantasy Basel (Costume Contest Judge)
  • Suisse Toy Digital (Costume Contest Judge)
  • Zurich Game Show (Costume Contest Judge)
  • MCM London Comic Con (promotional model)
  • Dragon Con (visitor)

Events 2016

  • Manga Comic Con Leipzig (promotional model)
  • Fantasy Basel (Costume Contest Judge)
  • Comic Con Germany – Stuttgart (promotional model)
  • Barcelona Games World (Costume Contest Judge)
  • Aki no Matsuri (Workshop/Panel)
  • Makerspace Rheinfelden (Workshop/Panel)
  • German Comic Con – Dortmund (promotional model)
  • Dragon Con (visitor)

Events 2015

  • Fantasy Basel (Costume Contest Judge)
  • Aki no Matsuri (Workshop/Panel)
  • Beaumonde Zurich (promotional model)
  • Makerspace Rheinfelden (Basic course about thermoplasts)