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Matthew Penick

Matthew is a professional costumer as well as the owner of theatrical design company Ribbons and Rivets, which he founded in 2009. A self-taught leatherworker, he made his first suit of armor in college out of scraps and remnants from the local Tandy. Although it was created primarily as a leatherworking business, Ribbons and Rivets has since incorporated a variety of materials to bring designs and characters to life and is known for attention to detail and screen accuracy. Matthew enjoys doing workshops and demos on leather work and patterning, and is always happy to talk shop with fellow costumers.

Matthew's personal cosplay can be found at Zealous Cosplay on Facebook.

A small team of artists doing big things!

Ribbons and Rivets is a tackle all projects costume company. We keep a full show schedule throughout the year and many of the pieces that you might see at conventions or renaissance festivals can be found in our online stores. But what we really take pride in is our custom work; making YOUR  imagination reality. So feel free to contact us if you have an idea rolling around in your head and want to talk shop.

About Us

Our Artists

Sherrie 'Rie' Henderson

Rie joined the Ribbons and Rivets team in 2016, and has since taken over most of the casting, sculpting and detailing work.  Rie studied ceramics and general arts at Kennesaw State University and brings that diverse skill set to expand the Ribbons and Rivets toolkit. 

Rie's work can be found at SherrieHendersonArt.com.

Susan Adams

Susan Adams, proprietor of The Odd Cog, has been leatherworking for approximately five years and first met the Ribbons and Rivets team at a convention in 2015. Though mostly self-taught, she regards Matt as a mentor and can be seen at various shows with the team throughout the year.


She specializes in fantastical, original designs which can be seen at The Odd Cog on Facebook and Etsy.