Saluki Furry Society gathers for Furbowl event – The Daily Egyptian


the Furry Saluki Companyis a “friendly family [registered] student organization (RSO) for those in the Furry Fandom. The Saluki Furry Society hosted an event at SIU Student Center called the Saluki Furbowl on Sunday, February 2. 27 from 3 pm to 5 pm, where members of the Furry community could go out and bowl in full costume or plainclothes.

Participants in the Furbowl event could be seen wearing a variety of different fursuits. One of the most prominent of these was a large green Husky fur suit worn by the organization’s founder and event coordinator, Tyler Knup. Like many in the community, Knupp said he handmade this costume, a process that can be arduous but rewarding both in terms of experience and value.

“All my self-made fur costumes,” Knup noted. “The process takes a long time, but it is definitely worth it. It’s very satisfying to have something as huge as you made yourself, because otherwise if you order it from a more professional costume maker, you spend more $3,000, and these prices increase every year. So after doing mine I only spent maybe $300 in materials. A lot of work has gone into it, but [it’s] a lot less expensive.”

Nathalie Danielcurrent vice-president and member of the fur company because 2018, was also present. at Daniel’s fursona, a term used to refer to the persona someone assumes as furry, is an orange cat named Star. Unlike Knupp’s fursuit, at Daniel’s fursuit is a refurbished hoodie. She said she spent a lot of time reworking the hoodie with all the facial and aesthetic details of a fursuit.

“I really like sewing in my spare time but I’ve never worked with foam or anything,” Daniel noted. “I did a Star hoodie where the hood is his head instead of a big foam head and i made star sweatpants to go with the hoodie and i made a nice big cat tail to go with everything . […] I did everything without a boss, just looking at things and using my own clothes as a reference.

A few lanes further were Jasmine Parkermember since 2018whose fur, Cotton Candy, was accompanied by a pink and white headdress. She said it was the second iteration of this fursuit, as she unfortunately lost his first suit in a house fire in 2021. Another fursuit maker graciously helped Parker remake the helmet.

Rebecca Brintonrecently promoted to Treasurer of the Furry Society, seated watching from the seating gallery. Even though she’s not in a fursuit herself, Briton had some ideas of what she would like to incorporate into a future fursona design.

“[My design is] based [on] two Pokémon: Umbreon and Toxtricity”, Briton noted. “I designed it myself, and I was really happy with it, but I wanted to change it up a bit and make it a bit more original. I wanted to do something really different, and that hadn’t really been done before, which is very, very difficult. […] I enjoyed the work […] before you start working on it. But, after working on my head, I appreciate fursuit makers so much more.

Sitting in an alley behind Briton has been Zynn Moorewho was a member of Society since their first year. Moore likewise was without a fursuit, but not without a fursona.

“Right now, my main character is a chimera, which is a Greek mythical monster,” Moore noted. “It’s a little different because I think it’s been styled differently. I bought it a few years ago as an ‘adopted’, which is when an artist creates a design of character and sells it to people.”

The only common feeling among the band members was that the fur company offers a great sense of community.

“Everyone is super nice and friendly,” Daniel noted. “I didn’t even know what a hairy was, and everyone was super welcoming. Everyone was super nice. That’s how I made all my friends here.

“I think our club is definitely very friend-oriented” Briton noted. “Everyone is very friendly. Everyone is very open and accepting of everyone too, which definitely helped me mentally while being here.

“I was dragged here by a friend and was really in love with the art scene and its creativity and sense of community,” Moore noted. “So I would say if you’re interested in things like character design, making art, being creative, or diving into fantasy […]. We just love to create and be weird dogs on the weekends.

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