Category Archives: Creators and Shops

Posts about creators and shops that are not interviews. (Separate sub-category for sponsor interviews.)

Meet Our Sponsors: L’Uomo

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Miro Collas, the creator of L’Uomo, returns to sponsor Fantasy Faire. He shares with us his love for the Faire, the favourites among his own work and his reasons to keep on sponsoring. You can read Miro’s previous interviews here: 2014 | 2013

This is not your first year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to return and do it again?

I very much support what FF is doing, for RFL. Cancer has touched my life several times, first my mother, then a very close fiend, and currently my father.

You create muscled mesh bodies for men. Is it possible to turn them non-human in skin-tone, something more fantasy-like? Drows, elementals, demons and such? Are there easy ways for a customer to do this, or does it require knowledge in working with the development kits?

There are fantasy skins available for the avatars, yes, from Fallen Gods, Hachka Taluna and Prodigal, to name just a few. The easiest way for customers to do something fantasy is clearly to just buy something that exists. ;-) Otherwise, he would need the skills to create a skin of his own – but this is no different from needing a skin for a standard (non mesh) SL avatar. Having the skin textures, they can easily be applied via normal editing, as the avatars are all moddable.

Do you have favourites in your vast collection of work you have done here? Any specific creations that you are extremely fond and proud of? Or do you love them all equally?

To be honest, I enjoy the L’Uomo avatars a great deal. I’ve been wearing one since the first one I made, a few years back. ;-) And that’s a first for me, as I tend to not wear items I have created for resale.

What is your favourite Faire-memory? What are you looking forward to most this year in the Faire?

There is no one specific thing I could point to. There have been many memorable moments. Jail and Bail is always fun, doing silly things with other creators, seeing amazing builds and products. I look forward to FF each year, and while it is running, I go daily, to explore and enjoy the amazing display of creativity. :-)

Thank you, Miro, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for joining us again in the Fairelands!

Meet Our Sponsors: Sanctuary RP Community

Stevie Basevi, the Dark Regent.
Stevie Basevi, the Dark Regent of Sanctuary RP Community.

Stevie Basevi, the Dark Regent of Sanctuary RP Community tells us how it was to roleplay within the Fairelands last year and what we can expect of the Sanctuary RP Community this year. Look for them in the Spires of Andolys and join in their roleplay!

Sanctuary RP Community was sponsoring the Faire last year. What made you return and do it again?

We had such a great time last year with our RP, even though we came in a little late. We played, shopped, made some great new friends, and now feel very much a part of the Fantasy Faire family! This past year, I lost a very dear SL friend, Sammie Jestyr, to cancer, and I’d like to dedicate Sanctuary’s participation in the Faire to her.

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What was it like roleplaying in the Fairelands? Tell us a bit about the experience.

It was a hoot! But it was also very touching to look around the sims every day, seeing so many people united for a single cause. I was honored to be a part of it. It was also very interesting and fun to be in such an open forum, inviting passers by to be a part of our scenes every day. The whole experience worked out so much better than I ever imagined it would.

What can we expect of Sanctuary RP Community during the Faire this year?

Well, same as last year, the Faire comes at the end of Sanctuary’s anniversary! This year will be the 5th year of Sanctuary in its current incarnation, and we are very proud of that. We will uncover much of Sanctuary’s origins this year along with some very surprising facts that up till now had been kept secret. There will be accusations, betrayals, and even a trial! It should be most interesting.

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What’s your roleplay history like? Tabletop, mmorpgs, chatrooms, larp… how does Second Life roleplay compare and differ from these?

Simple answer, lol, SL is the first and only RP game I’ve ever played, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but what a rush it is!

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

I think my favorite Faire memory is of people I’d never met before coming to RP with us, and really enjoying themselves. We had an incredible time and met some wonderful people. I look forward to much of the same this year.

Thank you, Stevie, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you to all of Sanctuary for bringing the Fairelands so much more alive!

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Meet Our Sponsors: -AZUL-

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Mami Jewell, the Creator of -AZUL-.

Mami Jewell, the creator and owner of -AZUL-, shares with us her reasons to join and sponsor the Faire, her love for Second Life and teases us with a promise of transforming the elegance of -AZUL- into fantasy!

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

I have been observing the success of the Fantasy Faire events for the past few years. As a person I am always trying my best to support any inworld activities that benefit Relay For Life of Second Life as much as I can, so this year I decided I wanted to get involved. Of course, joining as a designer might have been a way of getting involved but fortunately I was able to become a sponsor, as I wanted to contribute more and show my support to this cause.

How did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?

When I joined Second Life, I had the urge of creating! I started with creating skins, buildings and even simple outfits when I was still a newbie or fairly young in SL age if you prefer. Despite the fact that I am not a fashion designer in Real Life, I fell in love with the creation of clothes in Second Life and since 2007 I have owned my own clothing store, -AZUL-.

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? Give us some sneak peeks or teasers!

Well, I love surprising people so if you are expecting a picture here, you may disappointed! However, I can tell you that I have longed to create more fantasy styles – apart from the elegant formal-wear that my store is known for – and this is the best opportunity for me!

Of course, the -AZUL- flair and overall elegance and style will not be lost but transformed into a more fantasy-like creation! I hope that’s enough of a teaser that will encourage you to come and see in person what I am bringing to the Fantasy Faire!

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

In my mind, Second Life is itself a fantasy! Obviously, I would not be able to wear the outfits I create in Real Life and go shopping or even go and enjoy an Opera play. So, ever since I joined Second Life and I realized I could be and could create anything I wanted to, I felt it was the best place to be to unleash my imagination and creativity!

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

Although I have observed and enjoyed past Faires as a “customer”, I consider myself a newbie for this year’s Fantasy Faire! I have loved all the wonderful sims and decorations and all the amazing creations I could find there but this year I hope to be inspired and to inspire others for the next – hopefully – Fantasy Faires to come!

Thank you, Mami, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for joining the Faire and helping us relay!

Meet Our Sponsors: Lorin’s Sound Effects Shack

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Lorin Tone.

Lorin Tone, the owner and creator of Lorin’s Sound Effects Shack, shares with us how he found Second Life and decided to stay and also issues a surprising threat!

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

My SL Partner, Judi Newall forced me into it by contributing and entering my name. Which I appreciate. We’ve both contributed to past Fantasy Faire Festivals and others, and we’ll likely get sucked into this one. Which is always fun.

How did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?

As a sound guy working for game developers, I always wondered how those guys made all the visuals. At a conference, I helped a presenter to demonstrate SL in around 2006. I figured it was worth a try. So I signed in, shopped for furniture and got sexually propositioned by 5 foot tall 400 pound naked troll. Of course, that cracked me up enough to stick around and learn more.

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

Bradbury, Clarke, Asimov, Ellison, Gaiman, Pratchett, Tom Waits and other people of questionable repute.

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

As with any SL Festival, the most enjoyable part for me is running into people I’ve met before, also meeting new people with similar interests. All in the interest of shopping around for fun stuff and supporting a worthy cause in the process! Do it, or I’ll kick this poor innocent bunny.

Thank you, Lorin, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for making certain all the shoppers will enjoy their time supporting RFL for surely no one will allow an innocent bunny to be kicked!

Meet Our Sponsors: The White Armory

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Bee Dumpling, the creator of The White Armory shares with us her reasons to join the Faire team of sponsors, her love for fantasy and a generous amount of sneak peeks into her Faire-wares!

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

I was so incredibly impressed with the professionalism and creativity that was displayed so wondrously in FF 2014. I was so honored to be a part of something so magnificent, that I knew when 2015’s registrations began, I would make it a priority to be a sponsor.

How did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?

My RL/SL husband was the first to build weaponry for Medieval Role Play. I began quite humbly trying my hand at apparel design, specifically tunic sets for men because I saw a gap in the market even in 2008, when I started creating. I eventually started making women’s designs, and I have almost a thousand designs now. My inspiration comes from many sources. I am a Tolkien geek! So fantasy comes quite easily for me. But a few minutes in a cool Pinterest board, or a crazy dream…..you just never know! :-D

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? Give us some sneak peeks or teasers!

I have been using mesh now for about 3 years, but I want to incorporate some of the diminishing art of flexi gowns by combining the two for a -best of both worlds-effect. I love the movement that flexi’s give a design, but mesh is undeniable in its realism and easy wear. Here are some examples.

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Cinderella's Ball Gown Set-Innocence_Promo Art

Spellcaster Gown Set-Conjure-Promo Art

Dancing Anemone Gown Set-Foam_Promo Art

Princess Diedre Gown Set-Nature-TFC_Promo Art

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

Well, I kind of sort of answered that with revealing my Tolkien geekiness. I have read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy since I was 12. The heroism, the noble acts, the unselfish deeds of old. Knights, Kings, Queens, Elves, Hobbits, Dwarves, magical lands, and characters….what’s not to love!!! ♥

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

To be honest, as soon as I arrived…I could not take enough in! Such fantastic renditions of fantasy in a 3D environment I could actually be immersed in! Hope’s Horizon, Sanctum, the Fairy Court….I could have lived there! :-D This year, I am truly looking forward to that same feeling of greater purpose through creative immersion. The minds that make it all happen, and so seamlessly and professionally. Everyone involved- designers, sim creators, administration….. working cohesively to bring hope and find a cure.

Thank you, Bee, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for joining us in bringing the Fairelands back!