Eye of the Cyclone

Cyclone Body Adornments from Spyralle

Cyclone from Spyralle for Mystic Realms Faire

Fury drove this design and the styling. Every mesh project catches some new wind, and everything that happens goes into the work somewhere. If you just keep on going, you eventually get somewhere, no matter what wind blows against you.

Spyralle Cyclone Body Adornments Full Set

Spyralle Cyclone Body Adornments

The Cyclone project confirmed something I was already coming to understand about my 3D mesh work: I prefer to approach form from a mathematical perspective.  While I seldom have a complete mental image of where I am going, my choices along the way are not random.  It often takes two or three starts to settle on the approach that will give me the form, the movement I seek – and the chosen solution nearly always turns out to be mathematical: a basic shape manipulated, a conic section, the simplest of beginnings.

Spyralle Cyclone Headpiece

Spyralle Cyclone Headpiece

And sometimes, the simplest of endings. I delight in ornamentation as much as anybody, but sometimes it truly detracts. Cyclone went through a stage of draped chains and dripping beads and … stuff. I took all of that off. The pure form was more powerful without it.  I am more interested in power than in being conventional.

Spyralle Cyclone Neckpiece

Spyralle Cyclone Neckpiece

There is more here than meets the eye. Tiny invisible light sources in the lenses on face and chest cast a subtle glow on the skin, if your settings permit.  The lenses or eyes can be turned “off,” but the lights remain.  Their ghosts can be seen in the first photograph above.

Spyralle Cyclone Arm Ornaments

Spyralle Cyclone Arm Ornaments

Not bracelets, not bracers.  Weapons, perhaps? When an aimed elbow is not enough? But they do look ornamental in a somewhat dangerous way. The arm pieces are already mirrors of each other (and aimed so as not to put out the eye of the wearer; all others beware) but the head and neck pieces come with mirror versions, so you can go clockwise, counterclockwise or both.

Simplicity won out in every aspect of this design. I set aside metal and seams and rivets and covered the pure forms with clouds of pixel-generated plasma patterns in the restrained palette of clouds.  The eyes, like the whorls of weather seen from space. are just spirals out of one of my favorite old Fractint library fomulas, irregular and organic to the eye but pure mathematics.

Cyclone is exclusive to Mystic Realms Faire for the duration of the event.  The ornaments are available as a set or individually. Each option comes with a HUD to change textures.

Tattoo/bodysuit: Spyralle Waverider (more PG than it looks)
Hair: [Gauze] Strider
Skin: Glam Affair Rose 03 in Pearl
Eyes: IKON Ardent Eyes in Parchment
Poses: {NanTra} and Di’s Opera

Work with fractals feeds the skill of pattern recognition. I know this wind. It may slow me down for a while, but it did not blow me off course before and it will not do so now. I will keep coming.

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California Inspiration

At the beginning of the last week of August, 2014, I went out to California for nine days to visit and assist with preparations for a family wedding. Most of that time I spent in semi-rural Sonoma County, completely away from the internet. Late at night I would sit down and work for a while on my jewelry projects, and I found that the sights, the sounds, the colors – even the smells – of that time and place became bound up in the work – in the choice of fractals, the building of mesh forms.

Guerneville

Guerneville

Typically I begin with the fractal image and build the form around it – as in the Blossom and Teardrops series – or intentionally against it – as the hard trapezoids of the Riverbend pieces cut across the sinuous flow of the fractal river.

Spyralle Riverbend Necklace - Mojave

Spyralle Riverbend Necklace – Mojave

Spyralle Riverbend Necklace - Guerneville

Spyralle Riverbend Necklace – Guerneville

The night I arrived, we were all shaken awake by the Napa earthquake – which led me to reach out to a series of bold and broken geometric fractals I have been exploring for over ten years: the mathematics of unpredictability and sudden dislocation.

Earthquake - Napa 2014

Earthquake – Napa 2014

And then, sometimes, it is simply about the fun of surface ornamentation and embellishment – as in the Sonoma series. Just golden light and beautiful landscape and good food and fine wine and plenty of laughter with dear people under the trees as the sky turns orange and then purple and the temperature drops like a stone.

Sonoma

Sonoma

Spyralle Enamel Cuff - Sonoma Fog

Spyralle Enamel Cuff – Sonoma Fog

Spyralle Enamel Cuff - Sonoma Fiesta

Spyralle Enamel Cuff – Sonoma Fiesta

This collection – and the (somewhat tongue in cheek) setting I created for it at Jewelry Fair 2014 – are also a salute to all the wonderful little galleries and shops from Healdsburg to Sausalito where I spent entirely too much time and not nearly enough money.  I hope you enjoy it.

Spyralle’s California Inspiration collection is exclusive to Jewelry Fair until September 28. All meshes and textures created by Kerryth Tarantal.

 

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Can Clockwork People Have Broken Hearts?

Apparently so…

Spyralle brings you these plug-in mechanical contraptions, these curiosities, these bibelots for your amusement, puzzlement and embellishment. Find them reserved at A Clockwork Spiral until October 1. Each one donates 50% to the National Kidney Foundation.

Spyralle Clockwork Heart Brooch - Out of Order

Spyralle Clockwork Heart Brooch – Out of Order

Spyralle Clockwork Heart Brooch - Under Repairs

Spyralle Clockwork Heart Brooch – Under Repairs

Perhaps they will be offered shiny new and repaired someday, movement restored, tears dried. Ah, but clockwork people do not cry, do they?

Also offered at A Clockwork Spiral as a 100% donation to the National Kidney Foundation is a new, exclusive edition of Spyralle’s Art Deco style Inspiration wall sconce. “Manhattan” will never be sold again after this event.

Spyralle Manhattan Wall Sconce - Exclusive

Spyralle Manhattan Wall Sconce – Exclusive

Three other new colors are out at ACS, plus all the originals. The lights turn on and off at a touch and can be resized to suit your space.

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Genre: South Asia

Genre always delights! I think you will find much to please in this month’s South Asia themed market.  Spyralle’s brightly colored mesh Shalwar Kameez sets were inspired by a specific scene in a specific wonderful Bollywood movie. Maybe you can guess! Even if you’re asking “What’s Bollywood?” you’re going to enjoy wearing these dressed up casual traditional outfits, perfect for going shopping with your girlfriends for a wedding sari or dancing into the small hours at your favorite club.

Spyralle Dara for Genre September 2014

Spyralle Dara for Genre September 2014

Dara outfits are 100L at Genre until October 12. Poses by {NanTra} at Genre, also by LAP (no longer available) and Hopscotch.

Spyralle Dara Shalwar Kameez Rose

Spyralle Dara Shalwar Kameez Rose

There are five colors available at Genre. Each color makes use of a different mandala fractal under the gold filigree – which is also an original fractal image. Try viewing them with ALM on!

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Jewelry Fair 2014

Jewelry Fair 2014 is open! Here are more photos of Spyralle’s California Inspiration collection, exclusive to the Fair for the duration of the event.

Spyralle Teardrop Necklace and Earrings

Spyralle Teardrop Necklace and Earrings

The Teardrops series consists of a necklace with matching earrings sold separately. Five colors are available at Jewelry Fair.

Spyralle Teardrops Necklace - Violet

Spyralle Teardrops Necklace – Violet

Spyralle Teardrop Earrings - Blue

Spyralle Teardrop Earrings – Blue

Here is a portion of the fractal image I used as the base for this form.

Through Tears by Kerryth Tarantal (Detail, monochrome)

Through Tears by Kerryth Tarantal (Detail, monochrome)

The original art, full size and in full color, is on display, though not for sale, at the Spyralle shop at Jewelry Fair. I used the teardrop shaped portion of the image as a base to create the 3-dimensional bead forms.

Teardrop Bead Front & Side Views

Teardrop Bead Front & Side Views

The teardrop beads are graduated in size for the necklace and spaced with crystal beads, secured with a barrel clasp. All meshes and textures are original.

The pearlescent quality of the glass is present in the fractal image, created by a coloring algorithm overlay. It shows beautifully how well these images work as surface textures in virtual environments.

 

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Jewelry Fair Teaser

Jewelry Fair 2014 opens on September 13. Spyralle will debut a collection called California Inspiration. Here is a preview of one of the five new designs, exclusive to Jewelry Fair for the duration of the event.

Spyralle Squash Blossom Necklace and Earrings

Spyralle Squash Blossom Necklace and Earrings

The fractal inspiration was a kaleidoscope image I made in 2013. A cropped, monochrome version is shown below. The full color original art piece will be on display, but not for sale, at Jewelry Fair. I have included all the original art upon which the collection is based in my booth decoration.

Blossom by Kerryth (detail, monochrome), 2013

Blossom by Kerryth (detail, monochrome), 2013

Spyralle Night Blossom Necklace

Spyralle Night Blossom Necklace

Spyralle Night Blossom Earrings

Spyralle Night Blossom Earrings

Pickle Blossom Earrings, front and profile

Pickle Blossom Earrings, front and profile

Four colors of the Blossom pieces will be available at the Fair.  Here is the fourth, Pearl Blossom.

Spyralle Pearl Blossom Necklace

Spyralle Pearl Blossom Necklace

Every pixel of texture and every vertex of mesh is my own original work.

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Bayou Dream

Crown of the Bayou - Spyralle

Crown of the Bayou – Spyralle

Spyralle joins the Fantasy Collective of SL in August’s New Orleans round. We bring you a branchy crown fit for a voodoo queen, all hung about with iridescent moss.

Spyralle Crown of the Bayou - TFC August

Spyralle Crown of the Bayou – TFC August

 

 

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