Sharni Azalee, the creator and co-owner of The Looking Glass, is also the sponsor and world builder of J’adoube. She has been a part of the Faire from the very beginning and there have been regions by The Looking Glass as Fairelands for twelve years. She talks about the inspiration for J’adoube and shows plenty of mementos available in her Faire Store, so everyone can take a little piece of J’adoube home with them.
How many Fairelands have you built? Does it get any easier in time? What makes you return and take part in this particular form of insanity again?
This is my 13th year at Fantasy Faire, the first year I helped Inspire Space Park and was hooked from there on in. Since then I have co-built 9 regions with Marcus Inkpen and 3 regions solo. Every May I say I’m taking a break next year but then come Jan cant say no, indeed insanity 😀
Your Faire Store is naturally in J’adoube. What can we find there?
Previous years I get asked if things from The Looking Glass FF Region will become available after the Faire, so I made my releases and all the RFL vendors items from J’adoube so people can take home a memento.
There is also an exclusive J’adoube Music Box and Couples Bench available by doing the amazing Quest and a J’adoube wearable item soon to be available in the official FF gacha set.
Of course, as every year, I have also made a bus that Alia Baroque drives much, much better than I do and is taking tours of the Faire most days. This will be available to one person, at the end of Faire Live Auction, along with some of the main pieces from the region.
Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What kind of plans do you have for this year’s Faire, what do you want to do?
Too many wonderful memories to pick just one. Every year there is something new and exciting to experience and amazing regions to explore. This year I want to get to as many performance events as I can to support the incredible entertainers that give their precious time to Fantasy Faire. I also challenged myself to do a Jail and Bail, which I have never done before, it can be quite daunting for a build box hermit 🙂 It was so much fun and mayhem!!!
Tell us of your Faireland. What sparked its birth, what is its inspiration? Does it have lore, secrets, stories? Tell us everything!
This year I had a massive block in getting started. None of the ideas I had really sparked that excitement to build. I was getting quite anxious about it when one of our amazing photographers Dr. Justen Tyme spent time with me and brainstormed lots of visions and ideas. It wasn’t long before J’adoube was conceived and it was “creative bubble” time. Thank you Justen 🙂
I wish I was the type of builder that could give you an elaborate back story and folklore to match but I hope to stand in J’adoube you “feel” a little of what I wanted to convey. A poem by Allan Rufus really summed it up for me:
“Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with insight and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way. We become each and every piece within the game called life.”
I look forward each year to reading all the stories that come from the amazing writers and seeing all the pictures taken, hoping that I can in some way inspire creativity in others to join me in completing the full story of J’adoube.
Thank you, Sharni, for taking the time to chat with us. Thank you for bringing us yet another amazing Faireland!