Eclair Martinek, the world builder of Urafiki, talks about what inspires her to build, how getting the opportunity to build Fairelands has felt, and reveals the moment she became a Fairelander.
This is your second year of building a Faireland. How did you become a world builder, and how has it been like? Did the experience change from last year?
Last year I was asked to do Ardessa, the hunt region and I was beyond thrilled. I teetered between excitement and fear, to be among the giants of Fantasy Faire builders! I felt like the high school freshman who snuck into Senior Prom. In the end, I was proud of Ardessa, as she emerged to be a part of Fantasy Faire 2018, and being a part of a wonderful group of Second Life avatars who call themselves Fairelanders. This year, Elizabeth asked me back to do the One Team region. Elizabeth picked the name, Urafiki, and the region grew into a Kenyan jungle and desert savannah, which would hold events for the One Team. Once again, I am humbled and honored to be asked and be a part of Fantasy Faire.
What is the best thing about building in Second Life? Which things inspire you, make you happy and satisfied when creating?
Building and landscaping in Second Life is a wonderful creative outlet. Watching something grow from nothing, with a few fantastic prims, which are made by a great many talented SL builders/creators; into a magical scene, set or event is mind blowing. The best part is if just one person likes it, mission accomplished. But I also just entertain myself and hope others are too. I landscape, so I am inspired by nature and my travel memories. If need be, I research on the internet for photos to inspire too. I live in Georgia, USA, so I am surrounded by a lot of green stuff, and a lot of trees. I was born in the Philippine Islands, so I have an affinity for palm trees, sand, beaches and water.
How was your region born? What inspired it, what is its story?
Elizabeth picked the name, Urafiki. The word ‘Urafiki’ means ‘friendship’ in Kiswahili, and this small but very special charity began with a wish to build links and friendships between our community in the UK and another in Yala, Kenya.
Do you listen to music while building? What kind? If so, does your region have a theme song?
Without music, there is no sunshine. My go-to favorite background is usually chill-out. My favorites are smooth jazz, instrumental, piano, good ole Disco, and music you can dance to. I don’t think Urafiki has a theme song – but the theme song for One Team would work best.
Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to this Faire?
My first Fantasy Faire was in 2012 and I landed on a region called Nu Orne. Here’s the slideshow I did for it. I was hooked and haven’t missed a Faire since. Anticipation for this year’s Faire…it’s like Christmas. The regions, the stores, the people who call themselves Fairelanders. A gathering of people who come together for the good and create magic for the all.
Thank you, Eclair, for taking the time to chat with us. Thank you for bringing us the wondrous jungles of Urafiki!