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Meet Our Sponsors: Spyralle

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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.

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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!

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Meet Our Sponsors: Spyralle

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Spyralle is sponsoring the Faire again with the beauty of exquisite fractal creations. Kerryth Tarantal shares with us her reasons to relay, her earliest fantasy memories and her growth as a Second Life creator. You can read more in the last year’s interview here

This is not your first time sponsoring Fantasy Faire. Do you have personal reasons to support RFL? Do you want to share those with us?

I am a 3-time cancer survivor, three different cancers. I was diagnosed with the first one almost 19 years ago. The most recent was five years ago. I literally owe my life to the research that has been made possible by the donations of thousands of caring people, and I want to pass it forward. I am passionate about this cause in SL not just because of my own experience but because of the people I know whose lives depend on continued research. Also the people we have lost. And, of course, the joyful experiences I’ve had and the wonderful people I’ve met, being engaged with Relay for Life in SL. This is truly a joy and a labor of love.

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

I started very small, making simple prim things for one of my first homes in Second Life. I rented a little island, and the ground was not flat. I had to make a prim foundation to put under my house. It was like magic, and I remember thinking “Wow! I can do this!” I kept trying things, and then I took a basic building class, and there was no turning back. I had always loved creating things in RL – I make costumes and textile art and fractals – but this was like magic! I find inspiration everywhere – colors, textures, shapes – anything visual. I have been a fractal artist for years, and I always dreamed of applying the images I made to textiles, to my wearable creations, but it’s hard to translate these intricate images into media like embroidery, painting, beadwork. Printing is expensive, and compared to pixels, it is dark and dull. Second Life is a world made of light, the native medium of my fractal art.

Creating things made of pixels seemed to be a natural direction.

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

I am working on half a dozen projects. Whichever ones are farthest along by the last weekend in April are the ones that will appear at the Faire. If you want a teaser, look at everything new I’ve come out with since the beginning of the year. Look at my blog. Look at the hunt prizes. Hunts are my lab, my workshop. The pictures I’m sending give some hints. One thing that is safe to say is that there will be headpieces – accessories to be worn above the neck. Exactly which ones will make the grade in time is something that is yet to be determined.

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

If you count fairy tales, I don’t even remember the first time. I had read every fairy tale collection I could get my hands on when I was in elementary school. I discovered modern fantasy as a teenager. The Lord of the Rings, of course. It was like coming home. Yes, THIS! This is what I have always been looking for! This is the imagination set free. It didn’t hurt that fantasy was a genre in which people could be absolutely unapologetic about creating visual beauty.

What are you looking forward to most this year?

I am looking forward to being bowled over by the creative vision of everyone involved in Fantasy Faire. It is the most amazing, incredible visual feast one could ever hope to see. Every year I think, they’ll never top this. And then they do. To play a small role on that magnificent stage with all these wonderful, creative people is a delight and inspiration. It is the high point of my year in SL. And we have so much fun, don’t we?

Thank you, Kerryth, for taking the time to chat with us. We’re excited to see what you will bring to the Faire!

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