Alesandra Markova is a woman with many talents. That`s why she works two stores: Dark Goddess Designs and Evil-Eye Motors A division of Dark Goddess Designs . She is the Sim sponsor for the Forest of Shadow sim and i would like to also say thank you for answering my questions <3
Q1. Tell me a little about yourself and your business interests in Second Life, relevant to the Fantasy Faire itself?
Well My interest has always been in the fantasy genre, I am an avid tabletop gamer, games such as D&D, Shadowrun, Vampire the Masquerade etc. And i started making things in Second life do to the quality of some of the work I’ve seen. i tend to be pretty meticulous about how my items look, and being a bit of a perfectionist started me down this path. I also got tired of buying items that had errors in the build and since so much of it is no mod couldn’t fix it. Demonic items seemed a good genre to go into and i have made a lot of unusual items including a complete color system, animations, buildings even vendors. My latest projects include vehicles, bikes, cars, trikes, even a plane, which is huge fun to fly.
Q2 As a Fantasy Faire sponsor, what initially piqued your interest about sponsoring such an event?
I have sponsored either sim or a storefront for the last 3 years at FF. My grandfather died of a cancerous brain tumor, and I have participated in the relay in the real world. but as real life will do I don’t have the time to do that so Relay in Sl is something i can do.
Q3 What is it about RFL / Friends fighting Cancer and the Fantasy Faire 2011 that you are particularly passionate about?
As i said before my grandfather mainly. He was a great guy, loved chess, and studied the civil war. He would still be around if not for cancer so anything to help fight this horrid ailment.
Q4 What are you really looking forward to with the Fantasy Faire this year?
I am auctioning a one of a kind bike that Will not be sold anywhere else. so curious to see how well it does. and to be honest, the faire is great exposure for my stores. Advertising in second life can be incredibly challenging and the faire is a good way to get exposure, and see a lot of other cool items.
Q5. Describe your philosophy about the art of fashion?
I build what i like, if i wont wear it or use it I don’t make it. Generally speaking I wear all my own creations unless im at a big event. a lot of my items tend to be high prim, and tho that in itself doesn’t cause lag it does make rez for others complicated.
Details details details. that is my main focus. i have probably 20 unfinished projects, due to the fact they just aren’t right. it’s that perfectionist thing in me.
Q6. What skills do you need to be a fashion/creative designer?
Attention to details. for instance. in slider type clothes, seams are very important. in prim work its alignment. So many builders don’t cam around what they are working on to see it form all angles. If you don’t then you will miss something. a prim misplaced, or just out of alignment to the others around it. one avatar I made has over 1100 prims in the entire outfit. the head horns alone require two attach points, and are 411 prims. that is a lot of camera work. so details, and camera work are key.
Q7. You make such beautiful designs and clothing. Where does your inspiration come from?
My own brain. I have a very over active imagination and that likely comes form the tabletop roleplay
Q8. What are your favourite things you have made?
That is a very hard question to answer. There are several im very proud of. My color change system, it was one of the first things in sl i really invested a lot of time into. it controls colors, textures, flame animations, silk interactions of a lot of the items i make. The other thing would be the complete sim build I made. its medieval in theme, with a castle arena church blacksmith INN and tavern, and a ton of shops. and only 3000 prims. the other thing would be some of my latest stuff, in particular a trike i made demon themed. it has a huge motor and even torches, wicked in every sense of the word from the sounds, the red and black paint, and horns everywhere. Its just cool as hell…no pun intended.
Q9. Why should someone who has never been to Fantasy Faire attend this year?
Specials of course. all the builders come hoping to make big sales. and truth is without sales stores close, and this diminishes what you can find in SL. I have seen many sims disappear since i joined in the SL community, and this is a shame. but store owners, cant pay for sims out of there own pockets, and sales help to keep sl alive. and helps builders keep making the incredible things everyone sees. I mean think about it, what would sl be without people like me, and all the other builders. It would be what LL made. The mainland, and I am sure everyone knows how laggy and cluttered the mainland is. some of the sims I have seen in sl have blown me away, from the titanic sim, which dominates the whole side of a sim, to the castle on top of the island … think it was modeled from St. Michaels in France. to sky diving from the Eiffel tower in 1800’s France. Im sure the pyramids of Giza have a showing somewhere in sl, (does a quick search lol) It seems that everyone believes that sims are just sprouted form the sim fairy, I dont think people recognize builders do what we do to pay for sims, and to make a little extra for our time. Ok enough of that hehe