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!