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Meet Our Sponsors: Dragon Magick Wares & Spyralle

Dragonia DeCuir, the creator and owner of Dragon Magick Wares.
Kerryth Tarantal, the creator and owner of Spyralle.

Dragonia DeCuir of Dragon Magick Wares and Kerryth Tarantal of Spyralle have joined forces to sponsor Fantasy Faire. They share their reasons to Relay, speak of their creation processes, their relation to fantasy and offer extremely sneaky teasers of their upcoming Faire-wares!

Kerryth has sponsored the Faire many times in the past, but this is the first time for Dragonia. What made you decide join forces?

Dragonia: I’ve been a part of FF now for many years and I always wanted to become a sponsor. Me and Kerryth have known each other a very long time. We talked about joining forces last year and this year it came true. FF is a truly magical event, where everyone comes together. Everyone working towards the same goal. To put an end to this terrible disease.

Kerryth:  I return because finding ways to help people survive cancer is deeply important to me, as someone who has lost friends and family to cancer and as a survivor myself. But I also return because of the Fantasy Faire community, a wonderful group of creative, caring people. It feels like coming home to a new world every year.

Dragonia and I met in the Myst fan community. We both ended up creating fantasy themed content in SL and getting involved in Fantasy Faire, so it seemed natural to talk about teaming up. Besides, we have the same favorite colors!

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

Dragonia: LOL, I was tired of not finding something I liked at a price I could afford or the prims were too high! I started working with prims like legos. Piecing together structures until I got something I liked. I love creating and I love architecture. When I start to build, I think about nothing else. It’s quite meditative at times.

Kerryth, has your creation process evolved in time? How?

Kerryth: When I started designing in SL, it was all about the fractal art I was already doing, but since I started making mesh about four years ago, my work has moved a long way beyond that. I still use fractals in almost everything, but they are not always out in front and obvious. They are just part of my toolkit – not only for texturing. I draw inspiration from them for three dimensional mesh forms I build. Another evolutionary step I’ve made is more collaboration with other creators, especially Tailahr Winnikow who makes magic with scripts.

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

Dragonia: Oh hmmmm lets see…. Well I can let you know that I did colorful pieces this time. And of course I’ll have a new build 🙂

Dragon Magick Wares Teaser.

Kerryth: As usual, my plans changed in the making, and what I started months ago was set aside for something I found myself more compelled to make now.

Spyralle Teaser.

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

Dragonia: I think fantasy called me. I grew up in the country, basically in the forest. We had 40 acres and only 5 acres was used for livable space. When I was little, I used to play in the woods. I would imagine I was a princess playing with the dragons, fairies and unicorns. Maybe it’s even taken me over considering I have a collection of over 200 dragons LOL

Kerryth, do you have favourite fantasy books, movies or games that you return and enjoy over and over again? Which ones and why?

Kerryth: The ‘Myst universe’ has been my fantasy home base for over ten years, particularly the Uru extension of it. Uru was the first virtual world I inhabited as an avatar; it gave me a community, led me directly to Second Life and still inspires me visually, musically and emotionally.

For books, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and Harry Potter are great favorites, of course, and I love Lois McMaster Bujold’s marvelously entertaining Miles Vorkosigan series, which is technically science fiction but begs to be made into steampunk anime. In the last two years I have been reading and rereading her Sharing Knife series which takes place in a world based on the Ohio Valley of the early 1800s, plus a smart and grounded kind of magic and a beautifully explored love story between two unlikely people. Another world I keep going back to is ‘The Tale of Genji,’ a millennium-old Japanese novel that is not technically fantasy but so remote from our world that it might as well be. What do these last two have in common? Exploring the mysteries of the human heart and seeing numinous beauty in ordinary things and fleeting moments. Sometimes the most fantastic and extraordinary things are small and close to us.

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

Dragonia: There are so many memories of all the past faires. I can’t really choose one I enjoyed the most. I enjoy every single memory. FF is always involving into something different every year. I love exploring the sims, looking at all the hard work everyone has done. But I think shopping is my favorite *snickers* hey what can I say, I’m a girl.

Kerryth: My favorite memories are of simply wandering the Faire while listening to Faire Radio, and discovering all the wonderful hidden things you miss if all you do is shop. Like the cloister on Sanctum in 2014 and the remote jungle towers of Nu Orne in 2012. The exploring is what I look forward to the most. A couple of special things do come to mind. My first mind-blowing, fall-to-the-knees-in-wonderment sight of Titan’s Hollow, where my shop was in 2013, and a certain insanely hilarious underwater bus tour in 2015.

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us, Dragonia and Kerryth, and thank you for joining us in the Fairelands to create more wonderful memories!

Kerryth’s previous interviews can be found here: 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Meet Our Sponsors: Spyralle

WindRider Monsoon
Kerryth Tarantal, the creator of Spyralle, with her WindRider Monsoon set.

Kerryth Tarantal, the creator of Spyralle, returns to sponsor the Faire and shares with us her reasons to relay and speaks of the evolution of her work and the directions she is taking it. 

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

There was never any doubt in my mind that I would do it again, if I possibly could. About a year ago just before Fantasy Faire, I lost my father. He had many health issues, but it was cancer that ultimately took his life and caused him much suffering. I know that this fight against cancer is also a fight to reduce that kind of suffering, and it is very much my fight. I am a three-time cancer survivor, I’ve had a couple of bad scares in the last year (so far, so good, thank heaven!), and every year is a gift I try to give back in some small way. Equally important is the Faire itself – from the breathtaking art of it to the incredible community that has grown within it. It is a lot of hard work, but it is also gloriously fun and delightful, and I simply love being a part of it. The day Fantasy Faire radio kicked on, I felt such a rush of rejoicing. It felt like both a celebration and a homecoming.

Is there anything tying your work together concept-wise? Do all your creatures live in the same world, do they have additional stories with them, do you imagine something larger binding them together or are they all separate creations?

Month to month, most of my work is individual creations, usually driven by event themes. But one of the things I love about Fantasy Faire is that I can pursue private visions, as long as they’re fantasy, which is a universe without bounds. There are a couple of what I would call “emerging visual trends” in my work, especially for the Faire, that I can see most clearly looking back, Both Thornweaver, my 2013 project, and Waverider, my 2014 project, were stages of this journey. Several months ago I realized these trends dovetail perfectly with unfinished fragments of fantasy writing I did long ago – not so much a back story as a general cultural context – a world that is feral and savage and also aetherial and beautiful. I’m also seeing the influence of certain visual inspirations I’ve had tucked away in my memory for years that I am finally figuring out how to reconcile with the fractal art that is the backbone of Spyralle. This year’s project is very much on that trajectory and much more intentional than in the past, now that I have a clearer idea of where I’m going.

WindRider Coromell

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

Last year I began two projects, Waverider and Windrider, but only Waverider was ready by Faire time. Windrider waited quietly, brewing in my brain, until I could come back to it. In the year between, Windrider has moved in the direction of the emerging themes I mentioned – wilder, more strident. This year I am a much better at creating mesh, so I can reach farther and do more justice to what I picture in my mind. Windrider is not an outfit but separate unisex pieces that I hope people will combine with elements from other sources to build their own costumes. It is so exciting to see the looks people put together! I’m also releasing the last group of a series of fantasy gowns representing the months of the year.

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?

My favorite is whatever I’ve been working on most recently.

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

I’m simply looking forward to being there. Once I’m set up and ready, I always have a wonderful time simply hanging out, exploring, shopping, looking at all the wonderful art. It’s like a vacation in an enchanted country.

Thank you, Kerryth, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for bringing your visionary creations to the Faire!

Windrider Calima