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Meet Our Sponsors: Silvan Moon Designs

Bee Dumpling and SolasNaGealai, the creators and owners of Silvan Moon Designs.

Bee Dumpling and SolasNaGealai, the creators and owners of Silvan Moon Designs, share their reasons to sponsor the Faire, talk about their collaboration and creation process, offer sneak peeks to their Faire-wares and reveal their favourite Faire memories!

What made you decide to become a sponsor for the Faire?

Solas: As others, Cancer has touched my life and the ones I love in many ways. It’s an honor to play such a big role in Fantasy Faire and help towards the many dollars needed for treatment and research.

Bee: This will be my third year as a sponsor, but my first with Silvan Moon Designs. I look forward to this time each April and it is my most favorite event ever in Second Life. The love, compassion, and camaraderie is truly wonderful. Together, we will beat Cancer!

Solas, how did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?

Solas: At the age of 40 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and forced to retire from a very stressful career as a fashion designer, a career I loved for over 20 years. Knowing I could not sit idle, in 2010 I started my Shop BlueMoon enterprise, to make this happen I taught myself the art of content design for 3D platforms in an outside program called Maya. Designing in SL I can combine my love of period costumes and fine art to make immersive fashion for others to use in virtual platforms.

Bee, how does the work and collaboration in Silvan Moon Designs work?

Bee: When Solas contacted me last year, I was in a bit of a rut. I have a Vegan/Organic Cosmetic brand in real life, and my time was getting much too limited for learning a 3D program. I am fluent in Photoshop, however, and creating virtual textiles comes very naturally to me. I jumped at the chance to partner with Solas, and we are kindred spirits in everything we design. Solas is a talented and creative mesh builder, and rigger. I am always amazed when we complete a design and see our combined efforts come to fruition!

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

Bee: We have some traditional as well as non-traditional medieval fantasy gowns for this year’s Faire, in some stunning pastels and beautifully detailed jewel tones!

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

Solas: I have loved fantasy from the age of 5 when I read the Disney book Cinderella. A bit disappointed that mice and birds couldn’t design ball gowns, I found a way at a young age to just do that. MY love for costumes has never stopped in RL. I was lucky to do many theatrical shows and now in SL, I can really do marvelous things in mesh that one can never do in RL.

Bee, do you tie stories or characters to your creations? Does the creation come first, to be named later, or does the concept, name, character come first, to be designed for?

Bee: Solas and I have our own Pinterest Mood Board that we are continuously adding inspiration to. We decide what we are going to do about a month in advance and then Solas dives right into the building and rigging of the mesh! When I get the mesh models, they are a blank slate for me. I have no idea how the final textures will look, I just start creating and applying. The final design determines the character. That is when I give the collection a name that suits the look and feel of the design. And, my husband in rl and sl, comes up with some great names too! HA!

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

Solas: I have been to all and love the amazing sim designs and how it brings a large fantasy community together in music, games and roleplay.

Bee: I think my favorite memories are of that short time before FF opens, when just the creators are on the sims, and being able to explore these amazing worlds as if you are in a secret story no one else has ever read. I love this time. It’s very special to me. I also LOVE the quest! Beautifully interactive and quite challenging! And, the auction. I am in awe of the incredible generosity and passion of the world builders, creators, and attendees that come together in this combined effort to eradicate this horrible disease from our world.

Thank you, Bee and Solas, for taking the time to talk with us! Thank you for sharing your creativity in the Fairelands!

Bee’s earlier interviews: 2016 & 2015.

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Meet Our Sponsors: The White Armory

Bee Dumpling, the creator and owner of The White Armory.
Bee Dumpling, the creator and owner of The White Armory.

Bee Dumpling, the creator and owner of The White Armory, shares with us her reasons to return to sponsor Fantasy Faire, her love for fantasy and the Fairelands and offers generous sneak peeks of her upcoming Faire-releases!

This is your second year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you return and do it again?

Frankly, I would not miss this event for all the tea in China! It is my absolutely most favorite thing in SL. The camaraderie, the generosity, and sheer volume of combined talent are beyond anything I have ever had the privilege of being a part of. SO awesome!

Are there any common, continuing themes in your work, items that belong together, or is each creation a separate entity?

I have a real love for Fantasy. Even as a small child, Fantasy books and stories were my thing. Most of my creations are Fantasy based in some way and I try and work in a ‘collection’ mode. An example being-the same design in several different colors. I love ‘old world’ themes, such as Celtic and Viking knot trims and Ancient scripts and symbolism. They can be worked into an overall design with beautiful results!

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

I have been SO busy in RL and SL. I have an Organic/Vegan Cosmetic Company in RL, and I make all of my own mineral makeup, eyeshadows and blush. As a designer in SL, I have used my experience with color and theme in my RL business as well. As for sneak peeks: 😀

Winter Oak Dress Set-Wild Rose_Promotional Art

Spring Romance Gown Set-Pastels_Promotional Art

What are your favourite fantasy realms? 

Cinderella was my favorite childhood story. But when I was 12, I discovered The Hobbit, and I have been an avid fan of Tolkien’s work ever since. Medieval and Celtic themes are my favorites!!

What are you looking forward to most this year in the Faire?

Well, I think I probably speak for many of us when I say, that it is that first look! The second that we get our landmark and gain access to the sparkling brand new Fairelands….it is a magical moment. I will find my shop. Drool over it for 5 seconds and then run off to explore everything!!! I really do love the feeling of community and of being a part of something much larger than SL, or even our RL’s. I have a dear friend who just began chemo treatment for breast cancer. She is extremely brave and a strong member of the fantasy community in SL and RL. This year, is for her. I will create several dedicated designs in her name. So in that respect, I think this years FF is even more special.

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

If you want to read more about Bee’s involvement with Fantasy Faire, she gave a sponsor interview also last year.

Meet Our Sponsors: The White Armory

BEE PROFILE 1-2015

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! 😀

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.

French Quarter Priestess promo art 1

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! 😀 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!