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Meet Our Sponsors: Safe Waters Foundation

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The members and officers of Safe Waters Foundation welcome people to SWF at Fantasy Faire.

Safe Waters Foundation and all its aquatics sponsor the Faire this year. GraceSWF Wrigglesworth, the founder of SWF, tells us about the Foundation, how it works to reach out to all the mer-folk of Second Life and to show the way to the ocean to those who might become curious about the life in the waves. 

This is your first year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to become a sponsor?

We wanted to be a support to the RFL fundraising effort and also let people know that the fantasy of being mermaid/merman is available in Second Life. Almost every mermaid or merman has been impacted by cancer and joining the fight seemed a good use of the funds we’ve raised. Sponsorship at Fantasy Faire seemed like a wonderful way to show support – Merfolk for RFL!

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Safe Waters Founder GraceSWF Wrigglesworth (right) and SWF officer Celtic Infinity (left).

How did you become a mer in Second Life? How did Safe Waters Foundation come to existence?

I’ll never forget the day I discovered my first SL mermaid. I’d seen a notecard that said I could be a mermaid in a roleplay, but could find no other information. One day (much to my surprise) I spotted a mermaid flying way up in the sky overhead (very rapidly). I rushed to follow her but it was hard still to move and she was fast! I almost lost her, but eventually she gave me some help. It was still a struggle to become a mermaid in this new virtual world but with some effort, I did it. The joy of swimming, exploring underwater worlds and dancing as a mermaid – oh gosh, it was joyful! I was hooked on mermaids and just kept discovering more and more as I went along.

Safe Waters Foundation (SWF) started out of my passionate desire to help new mermaids/mermen (I like to call them merms) in Second Life. I started with a little folder of notecards I’d update regularly and give out. Other people started joining the group, and we discovered the usefulness of group chat for finding other merms. We’ve got a mission, a charter, headquarters and a number of helpful programs now. It’s no longer “my group” – it really is “our group” – as so many have contributed their talents. So many people enjoy helping others become merm – and there are so many different ways to help. I think we do a good job of helping overall.

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The popular weekly meetings of SWF take place on Saturdays 10am SLT. Arrive early to avoid mer lag!

How does Safe Waters Foundation work? What can we expect of you during the Faire?

The goals of SWF are:
-To assist those considering a mer life.
-To increase awareness in the general public that there is a mer option.
-To make mer resources (events, projects, groups, retailers, sims, designers) visible and easily accessible.
-To assist, as possible, with the viability of mer resources so they may continue to be available to the community.

You can read more about at our website: http://www.goldmermaid.com/SWF/

There sometimes has been some confusion because of our name – our goal isn’t to make the waters safe for merms. We aren’t the United Nations for merms – seeking to intervene in conflicts and be the peacemakers. Quite the opposite – I’ve tried to steer us out of the “wars” that seem inevitably to come up – to let the parties involved solve it among themselves. I’ve lost friends over this distinction – but I just don’t have the desire or the energy to be the peacemaker of Second Life merms.

The other confusion is that some people think that SWF is a Real Life organization – doing environmental actions to make the waters safe and healthy. I wish I was able to raise it up to that, but until now – that is beyond the scope of our little organization.

A personal goal for SWF that I still maintain is a hope to make it more multi-national. Right now everything is in English. I’d like to translate the core support pieces and even have chapters that meet in times that make sense for different time zones. We have one support group meeting weekly that is well attended but very inconvenient if you are in Europe, Japan or Australia!

At Fantasy Faire this year I hope you will see more mermaids and mermen! And if you have any interest at all in trying out the mer option – I hope you will delight in the multiple resources that SWF makes readily available.

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SWF help desk and members. Note that SWF supports all aquatics – there’s a friendly sea monster in the center.

What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?

Second Life is all about fantasy. People can be whatever they want and do as they wish with very few limits. I like to say that SL allows people to explore their true self, to grow into themselves and lead a fantasy life the way a person would if God allowed us to set it all up. The fantasy options with SL are just where those fantasies look a lot different than the real life options. My inner self is a mermaid that loves the ocean and whales. My fantasy is very aquatic. :)

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Some of the SWF officers. Left to right: Serafin Galli, WriterofPoetry Oceanlane, GraceSWF Wrigglesworth and Celtic Infinity. Note that Writer is a merman – mermaids are rare but mermen are even more rare!

Do you have a favorite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?

I think my favorite memory is swimming in a mer grotto that Corkie Houston had built in one of the sims – I don’t remember the year. Her freebies included a ride-able manta ray! So many people were delighted to discover me when I relaxed in Corkie’s grotto. I felt like a mermaid ambassador. I also remember rescuing a few friends from jail – all in the name of raising funds for RFL! I’m looking forward to getting a bigger global picture of the Faire this year as part of it.

Thank you, Grace, for taking the time to chat with us and to share the delight of the aquatic life with us!

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Some of the SWF officers dancing (merms love to dance). SyrenaViolet on right and Serafin Galli next to her.

Meet Our Sponsors: {Fae’d} Club

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Kaelis Ember and Pan Arroway, the owners of {Fae’d} Club.

{Fae’d} Club is one of our generous event sponsors that make the Faire possible.  Kaelis Ember, the owner of the club, shares with us her reasons for running a club, her reasons to relay and her early-found love for fantasy.

This is your first year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to become a sponsor?

I have a few reasons – most importantly is it is for a very good cause – and one close to my heart. A lot of people in my life have been affected by cancer – My Aunts, my Father, my Grandmother – and at one time, a lover, and my current partner was also affected by cancer. So Relay For Life is an important cause for me, personally, and not just me, but my business partner, too.

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What made you decide to start a club in Second Life? What inspires you to keep it going?

As for why I decided to start a club? Well, I’m a community builder at heart – and I find great joy in building social spaces. I love tunes, and I love a good party. But what really inspires me is making my club a safe space for all to come, have a good time, and rock out.

What makes {Fae’d} Club special? Tell us about its philosophy and activities.

What makes {Fae’d} special? A big part of who we are is making a safe space where anyone is welcome – It doesn’t matter if you’re a furry, fair folk, neko, or a human (or anything else!) – you’re welcome with us. We’re also an LGBT Safe Space, and this is *very* important to us. Plus, hey, the build is pretty ;) Come get lost in the forest with us!

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What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?

I… must’ve been a young girl of all of about… 9? or younger. Probably younger. I’ve had my head in fantasy novels and sourcebooks since I was a little girl. I honestly can’t really remember a time I’ve not adored fantasy settings – but I am pretty picky about what I read. I just love the concept of swords and sorcery, orcs and elves, virtuous angels, and wicked demons. (and everything inbetween!) And fantasy settings are a focus for my creative side too – I occasionally get out blender and model a thing or two when I get the chance. Usually fantasy-inspired architecture.

Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?

Discovering the Faire last year, with my friends. We all came to the Fairlands when it opened last year – and were gobsmacked at how amazing it was. We spent the entire Faire wandering around and checking out the sims, AND the people! We’d found a home amongst the Faire for that time, and it was amazing. I think a close second to that was meeting Khyle Sion at Dragonspire last year – and chatting with him about building in SL as a fellow 3d artist. Was very cool – and Khyle and I are good friends to this day because of those first few discussions.

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Kaelis, we are honoured to have you with us.

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Trident

Laufey Markstein and his SL/RL partner Rossana Llewellyn are owners and creators of Trident and joined the Fantasy Faire 2011 as Event Sponsors. Thank you for taking time to answer my questions. To give you an impression on their works i went to their shop sim and took some pictures:

Q1. Tell me a little about yourself and your business interests in Second Life, relevant to the Fantasy Faire itself?
Q2 As a Fantasy Faire sponsor, what initially piqued your interest about sponsoring such an event?

I am a creator of medieval and fantasy themed houses,ships and furniture,as well as landscaping items. I already was intentioned in partecipating in the Faire,but things clicked even more when I was told one of the sims was “sylvan/elven” themed,as I was just recently developing a full line of celtic-druidic-pagan standing stones, stone circles and such.

Q3 What is it about RFL / Friends fighting Cancer and the Fantasy Faire 2011 that you are particularly passionate about?

The interlinking of the real and virtual world,the possibility of a work which is basically helping people create their worlds and live their dreams,further benefitting a real life good cause,in a very practical as opposed to just ideologic way.

Q4 What are you really looking forward to with the Fantasy Faire this year?

Creating a display that showcases a definite theme I’ve expanded upon and having it known,and of course contributing to raising funds.

Q5. How did you get into fashion/creative design?

At Trident we’re a team of two creators,me and Rossana Llewellyn,my SL/RL partner.

Both medieval reenactors,I was the first to begin with designing and recreating real life historical items such as blacksmith forges, viking ships, wine presses, in Second Life, trying to achieve a balance of realism vs. the requirements of creating a visually pleasant and roleplay-friendly item.

Rossana,on her part, has always loved ancient jewelry in real life,and recreating celtic torques and viking jewels was her first step here.She later expanded in creating gorean outfits inspired by ethnic/tribal real life jewelry, but historical designs and museum replicas remain her main focus.

Q6.  Describe your philosophy about the art of fashion?
Q7.  What skills do you need to be a fashion/creative designer?

Passion.Passion.Passion.Did I mention passion? And time.

Some technical expertise prior to SL does help, but you really can learn along the way,and there’s no better place than SL for talking with other creators which share your tastes and learning from them.

Q8. You make such beautiful designs and clothing. Where does your inspiration come from?

As said above,mainly from a lifelong interest in the real life counterparts of the designs we create here.

Q9.  What are your favourite things you have made?

Viking ships and a Mead Hall based on a stave church model for Laufey, and for Rossana her “Hefring” viking jewelry and “Tahari Dancer”, a bellydancer outfit.

Q10.  Why should someone who has never been to Fantasy Faire attend this year?

The best fantasy designers in SL,and the chance to do something for a good cause,all in the same place? No better use of your SL time.

Fondazione Connell Project

Asia Connell from Fondazione Connell Project is part of the Fantasy Faire for the third yearas an Event Sponsor. In 2010 she created the Sector Sci-Fi Sim, i am including some of my own pics here. Thank you for taking time answering my questions, have a look here for the 2010 Interview

Q1. Tell me a little about yourself and your business interests in Second Life, relevant to the Fantasy Faire itself?

A1. Fondazione Connell Project, or FCP Project, is a no profit association operating both rl and sl. In our website it’s possible to look around our projects and goals. Url is http://www.fondazioneconnellproject.wordpress.com

Q2 As a Fantasy Faire sponsor, what initially piqued your interest about sponsoring such an event?

A2. I’m proud to give our contribute to Fantasy Faire and ACS as sponsor for the third year. We believe virtual worlds are a place-noplace where we can interact sometimes in a better way than rl. Virtual Worlds are the best places where we can meet each others without barriers, and we can realize together the dream of a better world.

Q3 What is it about RFL / Friends fighting Cancer and the Fantasy Faire 2011 that you are particularly passionate about?

A3. Battle against cancer is a big challenge of our century, and we must win it!

Q4 What are you really looking forward to with the Fantasy Faire this year?

A4. FCP No Profit Projects is always proud to partecipate to FF and, for this year, we hope FF 2011 can reach its goals. With our contribute, too!

Q5.  What are your favourite things you have made?

A5. Our last ( but not least ) project is the Memorial to the Italian Fallen in International Peacekeeping Missions. My mind and my heart go to these guys, civilian and military: they lost their lives for a better world and for peace.

Q6.  Why should someone who has never been to Fantasy Faire attend this year?

A6. Uhmmmm….. yes, I could say “come on guys, and donate” :))

Hoof It!

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?

Shopping :D

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.