Riven (lrriven), the creator and owner of Rivendale, sponsors Raven’s Perch, the Faireland she built together with Kaelis Ember. Riven tells us how their collaboration worked out, what inspired Raven’s Perch’s rich lore, and reveals Auction sneak peeks!
This is your first year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to become a sponsor?
I have participated as a creator at the Fantasy Faire for many, many years. It’s always an emotional event for me that both celebrates life, and remembers those who are no longer with us. We are all coming together to support the fight against Cancer. This horrible disease has taken family and friends. With my genetic history, it could one day take me.
Last year I was honored to be Kae’s sounding board while she worked hard to put Serenity together. It was my first real glimpse at what the world builders go through to create their masterpieces. I even helped a little, creating her physics for the buildings. I realized as a watcher looking in that I could do so much more for the Faire, I could play a larger role and support it as I had never before done.
You are also a world-maker and built Raven’s Perch together with Kaelis Ember. How did that collaboration work, who did what?
Well.. the idea for Raven’s Perch was rooted in a concept that Kae and I came to while we were wandering through last year’s Faire: Gothic Fantasy. She created a pinterest board and for the next year we pinned pictures we felt inspired by to it. When Elizabeth reached out to me to see if I was still interested in sponsoring, I immediately reached out to Kae. What followed was an entire night of us splitting the work and hammering out the lay out. We discussed in detail what the buildings should look like, referenced pictures, and I hand sketched the floor plans.
Kae is accustomed to building small, extremely detailed mesh. I build everything – from castles to furniture, sparkles and beyond. We decided that I would create the buildings. I also textured them. Kae is really good at forests. She chose the trees and paths and laid all that out. I fiddled with roses, moved things, and molded the land. She made the lanterns, the signs, and put in several hours saying not nice words to some rather stubborn ravens. She made one of the secret hideaways and I did the other two.
We work amazingly well together. Our ideas mesh and grow organically. We build off one another and aren’t afraid to can an idea if it isn’t feeling right. We did that a couple times. We literally live on opposite sides of the world. She is in Australia and I am in the US, Florida. To work together, one of us has to stay up late. So a lot of what we would do is build and leave presents for one another to find as we went along.
How was Raven’s Perch born? What inspired it, what is its story?
I had this story brewing in my mind, guiding the way we were building. The mood, the key elements. Kae and I talked about it nearly every day and we knew that we needed to share it with everyone who came to visit so that they could have the same feelings we have about it. The perch wasn’t just another beautiful place.. it grew into a reflection of our mutual sorrow and our determination to keep going, no matter what comes.
Gwen Enchanted took my thoughts, my outline of the tale and breathed life into it. She captured the emotion I wanted conveyed, the whimsy and love. It really is a good read.
The most basic bones of the story lay in the friendship between the Lady of Roses; a mortal, and the Raven Queen; a fae. The story explores how their love changes one another. It is a gothic fairy tale so it does not have a happy ending but it is beautiful. It moves me. I am pretty sure it will move anyone who reads it.
What are you bringing to the Faire this year?
Well… I have been working so hard on Raven’s Perch that this year’s new items are going to be directly related to it. I am releasing the stores I built for sale to anyone who wants them but all proceeds from one of them will go directly to RFL. I also created a bunch of different low lag sparkle effects for the sim and have offered those for purchase. I re-textured the dragonfly wings I made last year as well. On top of that, I pulled a bunch of items I have made previously and dedicated the profits of their sale to RFL for this Faire. I do this every year.
For the live auction at the end of the Faire, we will be putting the lady in her crystal coffin up for sale. She is the center piece of the sim, a mutual creation between Kae and I, and is absolutely stunning to look upon.
In addition, if you complete the chapter hunt, there is also a keepsake at the end.
Do you have a favorite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year in the Fairelands?
I have so many awesome memories. However.. there was this one world, all lovely stained glass suspended in the air over water. Its beauty made my heart ache. But aside from how pretty it was? Rhe ramps on it were also fantastic! I spent hours racing down them and flinging myself down into the water. Its sounds silly, but so many people joined me in the game that I made a lot of lasting friendships just from that one day of play.
I also met Kae at the FF of 2014. I was setting up my store and she wandered in. She told me that my work was lovely, but with more colorful words, and that began the start of a wonderful friendship. I couldn’t imagine not knowing her now.
Thank you, Riven, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you both for bringing us the gothic beauty of Raven’s Perch!