Meet Our Sponsors – .Luminary.

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Augurer of .Luminary. joins the impressive crowd of our sponsors this year and shares with us her theater background and how it has affected her Second Life creativity. There’s also sneak peeks of her Faire wares!

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

I’ve been participating in the FF and RFL Clothing Faire for a number of years now, under different brand names. I had always said “Next year, I sponsor” but never managed to do it. This year felt right, and I couldn’t be more excited to do it!

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

I began making clothing in SL about 7 years ago. I was around back before flexi prims existed, much less sculpt or mesh. Everything was system layers, but I was amazed even then at the creativity people had. I wanted to learn!

My fellow designers inspire me quite a bit. I see the amazing things they make, and I get that bug to make something instantly. The designer community in Second Life is incredibly supportive, helpful, caring, and I’ve made some wonderful friendships from it.

I also have a background in theater. I’ve heard it said that “The theatre is an empty box, and it is our job to fill it with fury, ecstasy, and with revolution.” – I think that’s an apt description for Second Life as well. It’s an empty box, and nothing is more inspiring than a box waiting to be filled.

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

I’ve been pretty busy and taking my time with each of the designs. As soon as I signed up, I knew I wanted to do an outfit for 4 very special people in my real life, and have each outfit inspired by them.

I’m bringing to the faire stories of people, made into clothing. It’s the best tribute I can give them.

I can tell you that there will be at least 4 new releases, some for women, and some for men!

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

As I said before, I have a background in theater. My day job is actually professional acting. My focus is primarily in Shakespeare, so I was introduced to historical and fantasy costuming through that.

There is nothing quite like putting on your costume for the first time and instantly -becoming- that character. The same holds true for the fantasy genre! We all know that thrilling moment when you put on a new piece of jewelry, outfit, or skin and you just know it’s perfect for your character!

I’m an avid roleplayer. When I’m not pretending to be someone else professionally, I log on and pretend to be someone else here. The sky is the limit in SL, and that will never cease to amaze me. I’ve probably roleplayed with most of my customers, and I love seeing my designs on them!

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

Years and Years ago, the faire’s theme was Pirates. I decided to take a real fantasy spin on it and go with a theme of Homer’s Odyssey. A few designer friends and I stayed up all night many nights in a row just keeping each other company while we created.

As a joke (and probably because we were sleep deprived), we all hid a mudkip from Pokemon in our booths that year. Delora Starbrook from Haven Designs, Talyn Barrett from Analise and I had a blast turning it into a game of hide and seek the mudkip.

This year, I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone else designs. With mesh in full swing, and with fantasy creators getting more and more exposure, this year’s Faire promises to be one of the best!

Thank you, Augurer, for taking the time to chat with us. We’re delighted that you chose this year to sponsor the Faire!

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Ascend to Asperatus

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Asperatus (by Beq Janus) – Above the rolling, turbulence of the thick cloud plains the silence is broken by the deep throbbing hum of engines. The mighty “Asperatus” fills the sky, once the preserve of super rich merchants, this mighty airship is now the mainstay of the small colony that drifts around it. Come walk amongst the clouds, explore unlikely airships and marvel at mankind’s ever ingenious (and frequently implausible) devices in this steampunk inspired city in the sky.

Meet Our Sponsors: Spyralle

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Spyralle is sponsoring the Faire again with the beauty of exquisite fractal creations. Kerryth Tarantal shares with us her reasons to relay, her earliest fantasy memories and her growth as a Second Life creator. You can read more in the last year’s interview here

This is not your first time sponsoring Fantasy Faire. Do you have personal reasons to support RFL? Do you want to share those with us?

I am a 3-time cancer survivor, three different cancers. I was diagnosed with the first one almost 19 years ago. The most recent was five years ago. I literally owe my life to the research that has been made possible by the donations of thousands of caring people, and I want to pass it forward. I am passionate about this cause in SL not just because of my own experience but because of the people I know whose lives depend on continued research. Also the people we have lost. And, of course, the joyful experiences I’ve had and the wonderful people I’ve met, being engaged with Relay for Life in SL. This is truly a joy and a labor of love.

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

I started very small, making simple prim things for one of my first homes in Second Life. I rented a little island, and the ground was not flat. I had to make a prim foundation to put under my house. It was like magic, and I remember thinking “Wow! I can do this!” I kept trying things, and then I took a basic building class, and there was no turning back. I had always loved creating things in RL – I make costumes and textile art and fractals – but this was like magic! I find inspiration everywhere – colors, textures, shapes – anything visual. I have been a fractal artist for years, and I always dreamed of applying the images I made to textiles, to my wearable creations, but it’s hard to translate these intricate images into media like embroidery, painting, beadwork. Printing is expensive, and compared to pixels, it is dark and dull. Second Life is a world made of light, the native medium of my fractal art.

Creating things made of pixels seemed to be a natural direction.

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

I am working on half a dozen projects. Whichever ones are farthest along by the last weekend in April are the ones that will appear at the Faire. If you want a teaser, look at everything new I’ve come out with since the beginning of the year. Look at my blog. Look at the hunt prizes. Hunts are my lab, my workshop. The pictures I’m sending give some hints. One thing that is safe to say is that there will be headpieces – accessories to be worn above the neck. Exactly which ones will make the grade in time is something that is yet to be determined.

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

If you count fairy tales, I don’t even remember the first time. I had read every fairy tale collection I could get my hands on when I was in elementary school. I discovered modern fantasy as a teenager. The Lord of the Rings, of course. It was like coming home. Yes, THIS! This is what I have always been looking for! This is the imagination set free. It didn’t hurt that fantasy was a genre in which people could be absolutely unapologetic about creating visual beauty.

What are you looking forward to most this year?

I am looking forward to being bowled over by the creative vision of everyone involved in Fantasy Faire. It is the most amazing, incredible visual feast one could ever hope to see. Every year I think, they’ll never top this. And then they do. To play a small role on that magnificent stage with all these wonderful, creative people is a delight and inspiration. It is the high point of my year in SL. And we have so much fun, don’t we?

Thank you, Kerryth, for taking the time to chat with us. We’re excited to see what you will bring to the Faire!

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Meet Our Sponsors: Dwarfins

The Dwarfin Creators: Judy Chestnut, Dante Spectre and Jaimy Hancroft.
The Dwarfin Creators: Judy Chestnut, Dante Spectre and Jaimy Hancroft.

The Dwarfins have joined us again in the Faire, this time by sponsoring Hope’s Horizon, which is also built by Jaimy Hancroft, one of their creators. Judy Chestnut, one of the busy trio behind these industrious creatures, tells us more about the ongoing story of the Dwarfins and shares a sneak peek of their Faire-wares! You can also read the Dwarfins interview of last year here to find out more about them in the words of Dante Spectre.

Dwarfins sponsored Fantasy Faire last year, and this year you have taken a whole sim into your sponsoring care. What made you decide to not only return, but go bigger?

We love Fantasy Faire, it’s our favourite event of the year and RFL is very important to all three of us, we support RFL whenever we can. With Jaimy being the creator of the Hope’s Horizon sim it just all seemed to fit so perfectly for us to be sponsors of the sim.

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

Although I do a little building myself and work on the animations for Dwarfins. Dante and Jaimy are the real creators of what you see, I’m the list maker as Jaimy likes to call me, so you get to see the creations on time because of my specialized nagging skills 🙂 We all contribute to the ideas for what happens with the Dwarfins and what direction we go with them. Dante does all of the scripting for Dwarfins and Jaimy creates all of the artwork. When I build or animate really anything and everything inspires me real life, movies and books. Also working in a creative team is inspiring in itself, one person will think of an idea and someone else will expand on it with their own vision.

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

We have been planning, I think, since last year what we were going to release at Fantasy Faire this year, and you will of course see new things, we are keeping them a bit under wraps for now, but here’s a small teaser of what’s coming.

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

For us, Fantasy is a means to express those buried dreams and imaginations that come to us from time to time. It’s not a means of escapism, because the reality of running a fantasy game means our heads have to be grounded in reality all the time, but it does give us a chance to be wistful at times about a real or imagined time period that puts a spark in our eyes. Life can be mundane at times, and Fantasy is a great way of throwing a little brightly colored paint on an otherwise boring canvas.

The 3 of us discovered fantasy at different times of course, but the epicenter of all of our years of Fantasy enjoyment had to be the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It really made it all feel more alive for us.

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

My absolute favourite thing at the Faire is meeting so many people, it’s incredible how many people attend the Faire, and we had such a good time last year.

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What is the latest news with the Dwarfins, how is their story developing?

We have grown and expanded so much since we launched Dwarfins a little over a year ago and we have no plans to slow down. This year you will see some new creatures introduced to Dwarfins as well as expansions to the items they need to have a fully functioning village. The Dwarfins are learning all types of new ways to create their own food and you will see many of those coming out this year. Lots more gameplay with new achievements coming out and other things both at the Dwarfins sim and that will be available for players on their own sims. There does seem to be a bit of trouble on the horizon for the Dwarfins, nature has not necessarily been balanced out yet, stay tuned for what is ahead!

Thank you, Judy, for taking the time to chat with us: we’re delighted to have the Dwarfins with us again!

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Calling the Film-Makers of Second Life – do you have a Fantasy Faire tale to tell?

We’ve talked about the Faire being a time to tell stories – and one of the ways we love to experience stories is through film and television – in our Second Lives as well as our Firsts.

And there have been some stunningly beautiful films created at Fantasy Faires in the past.

But it can be difficult to create films at the Faire when the regions are filled with people, and your framerate drops to … “What? What??? Oh I am so going to crash!”

So this year, we are going to give five Second Life film-makers/machinimists the chance to come into the Faire early and create their stories while the regions are still quiet.

Why only five?
Well, people are still building, and each film-maker will need to work with us to ensure that they are filming what is finished (or certainly ready to film!). And as this is the first year we have done this, we want to ensure that we are able to help you to the best of our abilities.

How do I apply?
Just contact Saffia Widdershins inworld or via email at saffia.widdershins@gmail.com by midnight Saturday 26th April.

Explain what you would like to film (whether you you want create a story with actors, an abstract pieces of a travelogue), and supply a link to a previous film or machinima you have shot.

 

There’s Hope in the Horizon

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“Hope’s Horizon was born in Tolkien’s mind.  The sim is inspired by the great city of Minas Tirith and I am dedicating this build to my dad, who passed away a couple years ago of cancer. He was a major Lord of the Rings fan and this was my chance to do something great to make him proud. The building stands high above everything and it is as if you are flying when you reach the top, you can see the surrounding Faire sims when you are standing there. I have put a blossoming tree at the top to represent life, and everything good in life. The tree is blossoming there in all its glory on top of this city in remembrance of our loved ones letting you all know that the spirit never dies…”

– Jaimy Hancroft

Meet Our Sponsors: Curious Kitties

Ameshin Yossarian, the creator of Curious Kitties, shares with us her reasons to sponsor the Faire and her early-found love for fantasy. She also talks of her background as an artist and teases us with her upcoming Faire releases!

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

I’d have a harder time thinking of why not to be a sponsor! I absolutely love the Fantasy Faire & hope it can continue to be a part of Second Life & RFL every year!

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

I began building in Second Life when a customer from another popular virtual world at the time (in 2004) suggested I give SL a try.
This is my 10th year in Second Life now!

What inspires me to create in general is a natural drive. I’ve been an artist for longer then I can remember (I’m also a freelance artist/designer by trade) so I generally love to create in various mediums one of them luckily being 3D & textures which comes in really handy when creating in Second Life!

I really love it when people can enjoy wearing & using the art I create, its very exciting even after all this time!

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

This year I’m bringing TONS of items to the Faire! Magical, Elven, & Original Fantasy Genres!

These new items are top secret & will be revealed at the Faire! Accessories, clothing & avatars using some new methods & new features! Plus some of the more classic designs for the more traditional Second Lifers!

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

The first time I encountered the fantasy genre was probably before I had much understanding of the actual world. Probably starting at around 1~2 I enjoyed childrens picture books about fairies, mermaids, elves, goblins etc.

I just generally love anything fantasy! Its unique & wild. The fantasy genre doesn’t have any really hard set limits so I love that!

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

I don’t have a favourite Faire memory, but thats actually a good thing. I’ve been attending the Fantasy Faire every year & theres always special memories each time. The Faire & Second Life have been evolving, and its always extremely exciting to see an entirely new & unique Fantasy Faire each year!

Thank you, Ameshin, for taking the time to chat with us. We’re honoured to have you join us again at the Faire!

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