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!
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!