Erin Talamasca is one of the Event Sponsors for the Fantasy Faire 2011, she is the creative mind behind Hoof it and brings horses to your Second Life ;-) I had the Chance to ask her some questions and would like to thank her for taking time.
Q1. Tell me a little about yourself and your business interests in Second Life, relevant to the Fantasy Faire itself?
I started out in Second Life from a fine art background, selling my RL work and hosting exhibitions for other artists. My interests in RL and SL began to shift towards digital art, and as I started building horses in SL I found I was able to combine (and learn!) many things – making textures, animating poses, editing sound, and eventually making sculpted prims. I could unite my love of horses with all these creative things, and that was just brilliant. While many of my products are based on real horses, the fantasy models are where I can really let my imagination run riot and have a bit of fun while I’m at it.
Q2 As a Fantasy Faire sponsor, what initially piqued your interest about sponsoring such an event?
To see so many creative people coming together to contribute to fighting cancer – who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? There’s a lot of energy about it and it’s great fun to be caught up in it, driven to create new things and help an excellent cause at the same time.
Q3 What is it about RFL / Friends fighting Cancer and the Fantasy Faire 2011 that you are particularly passionate about?
I think Second Life is a perfect medium for charitable events like this. It’s a tool that we can use as we please – to create, to live out fantasies, or just as a glorified chat channel – and as a means to spread a message and gain support it’s ideal. There’s a lot of people we can reach, and no boring real life constraints in the way it’s done. If a 20 mile high flaming fortress covered in unicorns will help raise money, well, here’s the place it’s going to happen.
Q4 What are you really looking forward to with the Fantasy Faire this year?
Q5. How did you get into creative design?
I’ve been an artist in ‘real’ media since I could pick up a pencil, and in digital media since someone showed me MS Paint. After an art degree I took a course in digital imaging, and then I fell into SL and couldn’t climb out.
Q6. Describe your philosophy about the art of creation?
Create for yourself, not for other people, or what it is that you think they want. Chances are, somebody’s going to agree with you, and you’ll have a lot more fun that way.
Q7. What skills do you need to be a creative designer?
Imagination and passion. I had few of the technical skills I have now when I joined Second Life six years ago, but I started making the things I was passionate about and I made myself learn what I needed to make it a reality. You can be a genius with the tools, but if you don’t love what you’re making then you may as well be sculpting with a spork.
Q8. You make such beautiful designs . Where does your inspiration come from?
My standard horsey stuff is based in reality, but a lot of that makes its way into the fantasy ranges as well. I’m influenced by nature, by natural and man-made textures that you can find just by walking down the street. I get the most satisfaction when I can combine the natural with the digital – for example, the skin of my Eqwyrm riding ‘horses’ was sourced from the shed skin kindly contributed by my corn snake :)
Q9. What are your favourite things you have made?
Usually things that nobody else likes :) I spent a shameful amount of time making a pantomime horse avatar for two people which I find very funny, but apparently I’m the only one (I’m guessing the pantomime horse is a bit of a British institution and doesn’t translate well! Either that or it’s just a bit rubbish). Actually, if it doesn’t sound too cheesy – the community that’s grown up around our group and events. Ok, that does sound too cheesy, but it’s true.
Q10. Why should someone who has never been to Fantasy Faire attend this year?
You want to see what a big bunch of creative minds can do when they focus on a cause like this? There is some exceptional talent in SL and you’ll find a lot of it right here. Or perhaps you just want to buy a pair of elf socks and contribute to fighting cancer; that’s good too.