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Faire Logo Pendants Available in RL & SL

Shapeways

Just when you thought the Faire shinies could not possibly become more epic! (I hope you’re sitting down.) There’s Fantasy Faire logo pendants available both in Second Life and in the world behind the screen!

Les Hall has a store in Asperatus where he has these marvels for sale in-world, but you can also purchase a 3D printed version from his Shapeways shop here.  All proceeds benefit Relay For Life.

Join us in delightful blurring of reality and virtual reality: show your Faire-support in both worlds!

 

Distractions, distractions…

So this morning I wanted to blog about something serious. I got myself a nice, strong coffee and thought about the charity that is helped by the Fantasy Faire. While trying to make my mind up on how to word the importance of sponsoring RFL, I hopped over to Wiggenstead Mooring and …..oh…look! Shinies!!

Wiggenstead Mooring - Shinies! - II

Wiggenstead Mooring - Shinies! - III

On a serious note, please read all about RFL on the special page on this site. And, enjoy the Fairelands and happy shopping!

Wiggenstead Mooring - Shinies! - I

Dark Goddess Designs and Evil-Eye Motors

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

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.

Interview with Evangeline Miles Evie’s Closet

 EVIE’s CLOSET

Time and time again, so many of us are reminded how much we know and love the designs found at Evie’s Closet,  the designer behind the brand, Evangeline Miles , continues to share both her beautiful designs and  generous heart, providing SIM sponsorship support with the Forest of Light SIM.

Reknowned for stunning fae, elven and simply beautiful gowns and accessories, a trip to Evie’s Closet must be one made regularly for many female avatars on the grid. Set on the beautiful  Oubliette SIM, Evie’s Closet often participates in charities ,hunts and provides various sales over the year. It can always be guaranteed, that if one is on the lookout for a stunning gown, Evie’s Closet continues to provide fabulous creative for all .  So many of us are looking forward to seeing what Evangeline designs for the Fantasy Faire this year.

SLurls and URLS :

SLurl - Evie’s Closet
Blog : Evie’s Closet

An Interview with Evangeline Miles

Special thanks to Joonie Jatho for this year’s interview with The Lovely Evangeline Miles.

First, thank you so much for all your hard work for Fantasy Faire
1. How did you begin as a creator in Second Life?

I had been playing around for a little while, out of pure curiosity, wondering “how did they do that?” and realized fairly quickly that to make something look as I envisioned, it would take a fair amount of work. So I didn’t actually begin applying myself properly to content creation until I had some real motivation.

I had been asked to partner with somebody and I simply couldn’t find a dress that looked the way I wanted it to for the virtual ceremony he wanted. And it wasn’t from lack of shopping around, I promise you!

Ultimately, I decided to give making my own another try and I got so much positive feedback from the people who saw it, that I began to wonder if I couldn’t make others, as well. As it turns out, the partnership wisely didn’t go ahead and instead, I threw myself into creating things and began to discover how amazing it felt, to develop new skills and have the results turn into something pretty.

As far as the store and the brand go, I never imagined I could achieve what I have, and I need to acknowledge that I have had SO much support and encouragement from a collection of wonderful people. Without their positivity and belief in me, I’d have ended up with squat. I consider myself very lucky.

 
2. How would you describe your store, Evie?

I would like to think that most of my designs could be worn by anyone in Second Life with an imagination; Whether they’re into role playing in Second Life or just love to dress up and go out dancing. The emphasis for me is on beauty and I think that overcomes any attempts to really pigeonhole Evie’s Closet in just -one- fashion genre. It’s equal parts traditional fairy tale/role play costumes and ethereal evening wear.

Boys get a bit cross since I don’t design for them, but that hasn’t stopped a few from looking fierce in a dress!
 

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

I devoured books as a child, and most of what I got my hands on, were fairy tales or fantasy stories of some description. Princes and happy endings were awesome, but what I loved most of all, were the costumes! Let’s face it, growing up in the 70’s wasn’t the ideal fashion era for a kid with a penchant for medieval attire, so I quickly fell in love with the whole idea of dressing up. I used to stitch together terrible, elaborate creations for my generic-brand Barbie alternatives. Of course, I’d sew them right onto the doll and could never get them off again, but that was beside the point.  lol

Now, I just think, that a lean towards that sort of fashion and feel has lingered with me, well into adulthood and that’s what draws me to create the things I do. I have a much better outlet now, than a pair of scissors and an old, cast-off, shiny nylon blouse to chop up! 

I sometimes get requests to make outfits from movies, or online games or even just pictures that people have seen and admired, but I don’t particularly enjoy the process of replication. It’s not new, it’s not something that comes from -my- imagination and I can get bogged down in the restrictions that poses, very quickly. The best thing about books, is you get to create your own world. Even if someone’s describing a thing, you can decide exactly how that looks. So I stick to what works for me. I love magic, I love possibility and I love beauty. All of those things, together, I can express through my designs for Evie’s Closet.
 

 4. How did you learn about Relay for Life?

I first became aware of Relay For Life years ago. Our local schools were involved and there were always people down at the shopping centers signing folks up and asking for donations during the Relay season. (There still are! I’m too shy to stop and talk to them and share what -I’m- doing for RFL, but I smile and wave, nonetheless.)

Relay for Life in Second Life was introduced to me by Madison Donnelly, a former fashion writer for the Metaverse Messenger and active member of Relay For Life and the ACS in Real Life.  There was a last-minute vacancy in the 2008 RFL Clothing Fair and she pushed to get me in. I was blown away by the whole thing. It was the most amazing experience I’ve had in Second Life and it opened my eyes to how our global online community can use our ‘virtual’ skills to make a very real impact on the outside world.
 

 5. What is your favorite thing about Fantasy Faire? Why should someone who has never been to Fantasy Faire attend this year?

There’s SO many reasons to visit the Fantasy Faire. Not only is it one-stop shopping for the best of everything fantasy-related in Second Life, but it’s also an opportunity to score some seriously awesome original content with your Lindens going straight to the ACS (American Cancer Society). It’s win-win!

What is Second Life about, if not living out your fantasy? It’s the ONLY place on earth where you can stick a pair of wings on and actually fly, turn yourself into a werewolf – minus the whole full-moon restriction – or follow the path of the Jedi without having to declare it on your cencus form. We’re only limited by our imaginations and the Fantasy Faire is here to help you discover the possibilities. 

When you also consider that the Fantasy Community of Second Life boasts some of the most talented content creators on the entire grid, even if you’re not into role play and consider yourself fairly mainstream with your style, there’s the wow factor of seeing what’s new, what’s awesome and the possibility of being inspired to take your Second Life in a whole new direction. That’s pretty exciting!

For me, personally, my favorite thing is not just all of the above, but also the opportunities I have to meet other creators and participants, share their stories about why -they- Relay and really take the opportunity to spend time amongst a community that doesn’t always get the chance to come together as one. It really is full of the warmest, most generous people I’ve ever met in Second Life and it’s a real thrill to touch base with them again and catch up on the year that’s gone by.

6. We all have our own reasons to getting involved in RFL. Could you tell us a little bit about yours?

My sister-in-law was ‘accidentally’ diagnosed with cancer when she went to have some wisdom teeth removed. She went through radiation therapy which was tough, but eventually she was given the all-clear. They were -so- confident that she was Cancer-free, that she and my brother got pregnant and in due course, my niece Isabella was born.

I can remember the day that my Mum told us that the cancer was back. Apparently there had been some suspicion and my sister-in-law went in for some tests. When the results were passed on, my brother fainted in the doctor’s office. And I can’t really blame him. She was unquestionably the love of his life and they had this tiny little precious girl who they had planned to raise, together.

My sister-in-law put up the fight of all fights. Its still hard for me to talk about because she was -so- positive. Unrelentingly positive for 6 more years as they tried everything they had available. Eventually, nothing had any impact on it’s growth anymore and my brother cared for her in their home, until the day that she left us.

Isabella came to visit me, this Christmas and she’s the spitting image of her Mum. She’s a wonderful little girl, clever and affectionate and I’m so proud of her. But one evening, she innocently confessed that she spends a lot of time trying to prepare herself for bad things that might happen. It breaks my heart. She’s too small to be worrying about maybes.

My sister-in-law was my primary motivation for participating in the RFL in SL events over the past 3 years. This year, it’s for Isabella.

I’m so grateful for the Fantasy Faire. It provides me with a way to do -something-. It gives me the ability to be part of the ongoing story which I just -know- is going to end in a cure. So much has already been achieved and I relay, because I want Isabella’s children to grow up and -only- learn about this horrible disease called Cancer in science class. About how it claimed -so- many lives, but then a cure was found in 2011 and no one has to be afraid of it, anymore. Who -wouldn’t- want to be a part of that?

 7. Fantasy Faire is an excellent way to educate and inform people about RFL. What would you like to see people take away from Fantasy Faire this year?

That you -can- make a difference. That, even when you feel like you’re insignificant, you can be a part of a cure. If you don’t have time to get your trainers on and walk in the real life relay, if you haven’t got the cash to sponsor anyone or to donate directly, or if you feel awkward and uncertain about -how- to participate, the American Cancer Society is active in Second Life and there are easy things you can do.

Showing up to support a live act at the Fantasy Faire with your presence, is something. Writing a blog about items a creator has made for donation helps get the word out. Buying just one of those donation items and scoring yourself something awesome will help. Or walking with your avatar, next to somebody else in the Second Life relay, says “I’m here”. And it’s -so- appreciated by a passionate community of individuals who will welcome you and gratefully accept anything you can contribute.

I want people to be proud of what we can achieve, ‘virtually’ and be inspired to keep going.

Thank you so much, Evie, for sharing your time and talent with me.