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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

Lorin Tone
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.

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! :-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!

Meet Our Sponsors: AviewTV

LaPiscean Liberty
LaPiscean Liberty, CEO and Founder of AviewTV.

Secret Rage, the COO of AviewTV, shares with us her reasons to relay, describes how AviewTV works and provides glimpses of her art and her Faire-visits.

“As the CEO and founder of creating that which is AviewTV, LaPiscean Liberty really should have been the one to do this interview. However, since he likes doing interviews about as much as he likes shopping… and since he hired me as AviewTV’s COO (aka Girl Friday) quite some time ago, he used that fact to summarily laugh and toss the request for this interview upon MY virtual desk and said, “You handle the day to day operations… you speak for AviewTV… YOU handle it”. To which I replied “Well, OK- but don’t be surprised if I toss you under the bus for not answering these questions!! ” Sooooo… you get me instead.”

Secret Rage
Secret Rage, COO of AviewTV.

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

AviewTV has long been a huge supporter of original content creators in Second Life, which involves community driven programming and server side services not only to Second Life – but to other virtual worlds as well. When we were asked whether we could help promote Fantasy Faire by donating server space, we were glad to do it. Fantasy Faire is a wonderfully magical and creative yearly affair that draws the community out in large numbers for a good cause… so for us it’s actually a way of helping to contribute to its success in our small way.

AView Ad

AviewTV is donating server space for our upcoming hunt. What will this mean for the hunters and how the hunt runs?

If history repeats itself, Fantasy Faire will be a veryyyy busy place! Having designated servers will help to insure quality control and bring a smoother flow to the hunt – so instead of worrying about the reliability of SL’s sometimes overwhelmed servers during the hunt, it should be able to operate much more easily which will hopefully make the hunt an even better success than it has been in the past!

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

Fantasy calls me in my dreams at night and always has! They are epic tales, too… full of lush imagery. Though I embrace many art forms, my start in real life was in painting and drawing. I never tried to “develop” a style- I just let what wanted to be on my page or canvas come out on its own… it has often been described as surrealism, atmospheric or fantasy. I still do “paintings” – but now it’s freehand with a regular mouse and using GIMP.

Winds of Change by Secret Rage
Winds of Change by Secret Rage
Dark Fae by Secret Rage
Dark Fae by Secret Rage

Secret, you are involved with a lot of things in Second Life, starting from AviewTV to LEA and more. How did this begin, what drew you to this form of self-expression and made you begin both participating and forming communities around them?

Sometimes when I think of the list of things that I do in Second Life it makes me wonder how I manage to get all of them done! I started out like everyone else does, I suppose… bumbling my way around a virtual world and being amazed every day. I was introduced fairly early on to building by a very patient mentor. All at once, I had wings! In my real life, I am also an artist…but now all of a sudden a completely new medium was put before me and I loved it so much that I embraced it wholeheartedly. One of the biggest reasons for my involvement in Second Life initially was the fact that I was a caretaker for my Mother in law and it was a way to have a social and creative life without leaving home.

Though I really could talk to you all day about art projects I have either finished or am currently building and/or filming… or the interesting things that happen while functioning as an LEA Committee advisor…I would like to instead speak a bit about what is my primary job on Second Life. I work as the Chief Operating Officer – or the face, if you will… of AviewTV.com. Any daily concerns or questions we receive are generally run by me first – as sort of a traffic director. If I can’t take care of it alone I enlist the aid of the other team members.

We have the largest collection of Machinima made in SL and are diligent in both preserving and promoting SL artists and filmmakers as well as those from other virtual world platforms. The films are promoted through Twitter and Facebook and other social media platforms and also through inworld art groups. As a part of my duties, each week I publish a list of films that have been submitted to AviewTV. The films come from all over the world and the great thing is that even though many of the machinimatographers featured are from countries other than the US, they still communicate quite well as film is overall a universal language.

I think that AviewTV is important to not only Second Life and its history, but to real life as well because the emergence of machinima has resulted in it now being considered as film in its own right. I work closely with Petlove Petshop and Emmo Wei who are super prolific machinima artists themselves – as well as being the professional and brilliant minds in charge of the Broadcasting Department for AviewTV and who also work to set up filming the projects we do as the AviewTV Stream Team. LaPiscean Liberty rounds out the team as CEO and handles the development and concept design both of AviewTV and its sister station, Slartist.com. Together we all form a very strong, dedicated and cohesive unit in AviewTV.

Petlove Petshop and Emmo Wei
Petlove Petshop and Emmo Wei

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

I have gone to FF every year it’s been held so far, usually in the company of friends. They were all unique experiences and every year has been amazing. Last year, I changed that up and attended mostly by myself and adored exploring Fantasy Faire and seeing the spectacular scenery and products created by some of the most talented of Second Life creators at my own pace and had fun playing around taking pictures of my avatar dressed in true FF fashion.

Secret Rage at Fantasy Faire
Secret Rage at Fantasy Faire
Secret Rage at Faire 2
Secret Rage at Fantasy Faire

This year, the cause that Fantasy Faire supports – Relay for Life – means more to me personally than in the previous years. I lost my Mother in law to advanced breast cancer on March 21. Though she had a clean bill of health for several years after her double mastectomy and chemotherapy, cancer was still lurking there and spread itself quickly and quietly to her lungs as well. It made me suddenly all too aware that we can’t become complacent in the fight against cancer – there is still too much we don’t know about it and far too many people still losing their loved ones.

Thank you, Secret, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for helping the Fairelands hunters to have a stabler experience and thank you for all you do for the Second Life community!

Meet Our Sponsors: Plastik

Vae Aikea Rieko
Vae, Aikea Rieko – the Creator of Plastik.

Aikea Rieko, the creator of Plastik, shares with us her love for fantasy, her plans to contribute and participate in the Faire even more and reveals the Faire’s new low lag avatars!

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

I’ve always wanted to do it! I’ve always been wanting to get as involved as I possibly could, but this year I got the time and I got the funds to be able to do it the way I’ve always tried to do. I love raising money for RFL and I try to top my amount every year. I think that every year from now on, I’ll be a sponsor as well. Helping out and contributing is so rewarding.

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

I started in 2003/2004, and at the start, it was just a really amazing way to spend time, meet people, and try new building styles.

I was modding for games, doing user mods, I was big into making custom things for Elder Scrolls games and using builders in other games to further customize. It’s always been a passion of mine to create something unique! As for inspiration, I’ve been a Lovecraft and Giger fan all of my life, my entire family loves it and I think it was born into me. I love taking the dark and twisted and adding my own flair.

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

I’m doing the Low Lag avatars for the Faire this year, a Vampire skin and a Demon skin in Male and Female versions, which will be really amazing.

I’m also doing a very large, top secret charity item that I hope will raise a good chunk of money for the foundation!

This year I’ll be doing a small line of fantasy skins, some Elven jewelry, some Fantasy Horns, and tons more. I gear up for this event all year! there are at least 8 new releases coming out for FF this year.

Low Lag Avatar-Arahven

Low Lag Avatar-Mortulus

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

I’ve been a fantasy buff since I was a small child. Stories about dragons and knights were the only ones to ever really fully hold my attention, as well as dark lore and Gods and Goddess stories. Elves have been my favorite fantasy subject for as long as I could remember, reading the Tolkien books as a kid, and immersing myself in the world of art, elves and dragons, and all things mystical was the focus of my creative outlets. I can’t think of a time when I’ve not been an elf in SL!

I used to do only traditional art like painting and sculpting, and then when computers started to get more and more advanced, I added graphic design to my list. It’s really rewarding and really amazing to be able to do what Iove for a living.

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

All of my Faire memories are amazing, but I think that so far, getting everything done is always a great accomplishment. Last time I participated, I got everything done in three days with no breaks, no sleep! And the end result was really awesome, I really pushed myself to the limit. I was invited late so I didn’t have much time, but I was proud of myself for getting everything done.

I enjoy walking around the sims and talking to people, listening to their stories, and seeing the amazing turnout that the Faire always produces, as well. I’m really looking forward to helping the organizers out more this year and being more involved, doing Jail and Bail and all of the amazing events.

Thank you to the many fans and customers who keep my dream alive and kicking, and inspiring me every day to be better, to evolve, and to become more proficient at meeting my goals and helping in any way I can. Thanks to the wonderful Organizers and all of the amazing designers that make this truly awesome event happen every year. <3

Thank you, Vae, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for your continuous presence in the Fairelands and your hand in providing fitting forms for the newcomer visitors!