Baroque at Genre

Spyralle Fontange with roses

Spyralle Fontange with roses

Always so much fun! Genre has challenged and stretched and delighted me as a designer in no small way over the past year and a bit. Baroque is this month’s Genre theme.

Baroque. When most people think of the Baroque, they think of the late 18th Century – Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Georgian hoops and furbelows. I think J. S. Bach and Louis XIV – a rather different look, but equally fluffy and ornamental.

Fontange headdress - about 1693

Fontange headdress – about 1693

The hair/headdress style known variously as fontange, frelange and other names has always appealed to me, with its high lace ornament at the front of the head. I interpreted the fontange in mesh, textured with a fractal (of course!) lace.  A version without the roses is included at Genre.

Spyralle Fontange without roses

Spyralle Fontange without roses

For those who are curious about such things, here is the base fractal from which the lace was derived. It is a formula called royal2, and this is the plain, raw formula output before I did many things to it in Ultra Fractal (layers, coloring algorithms, masking, gradient adjustment, mapping, etc.). The same base fractal was the start for the snowflake lace on the cap.

Fractal Image by Kerryth Tarantal - origin of fontange lace

Fractal Image by Kerryth Tarantal – origin of fontange lace

Skin: Glam Affair – Katya – Europa 01 C
Makeup: La Petite Morte – Marie Antoinette full makeup – Bonus (at Genre)
Beauty Mark Tattoo: La Petite Morte (at Genre)
Hair: BooN KGI848 in platinum
Gown: Ivalde – Aurelia pink baroque gown

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The Co-op Presents The Nexus

Spyralle Cyber Halo 0604 at the Nexus, July 2014

Spyralle Cyber Halo 0604 at the Nexus, July 2014

One of the coolest things I remember from my very earliest days in Second Life ™ is a hunt I went on that took me to a very dark and scary place. I was terrified to be there, even virtually, but the clothes were beautiful, and I wanted the hunt prizes badly enough to brave the nightmare landscape of claustrophobic caverns. It took me days to learn that nothing dreadful was going to happen to me there, that it was safe to explore, and explore it I did, on many hunts and shopping expeditions in my first and second years. I grew to like the place so much I took new people there on tours.  I still wear the wonderful clothes.

Spyralle Cyber Halo 0401 at The Nexus

Spyralle Cyber Halo 0401 at The Nexus

That sim passed through several re-designs and is now long gone, but it made such a big impression on me that I’m always glad to find places like that: dark, industrial and post-apocalyptic with elements of unearthly fantasy, buzzing sparks, futuristic glowing lights and LOTS of ramps and scaffolding  and upper levels to climb around on.

So I LOVE the Nexus, this month’s Co-op theme!  You get to climb ramps, traverse scaffolds and duck under buzzing, sparking wires to make your way to all the shops in a three dimensional maze of futuristic decay.

The Nexus 15-07-2014

The Nexus 15-07-2014

The Nexus gave me a chance to play a few more riffs on the surreal glowing futuristic theme I’ve been exploring this year. These crested headpieces contrast the delicacy of fractal lace with hard edged tech in the programmed chase lights.

More techy Spyralle with a fantasy flavor, out now…

Spyralle Cage Collar Cryo exclusive now at Art in Hats

Spyralle Cage Collar Cryo exclusive now at Art in Hats

Spyralle Cage Collar UV

Spyralle Cage Collar UV now exclusively at The Nexus

The Cage Collars have animated lights rising up the stalks in a chevron pattern. The mesh is original. The surface is not black but a plasma fractal I call “Lava Breaking Through” – here in cyan and purple. These mesh collars with scripted lighting made a very brief appearance at the end of World Goth Fair. You may not see them again until Autumn brings out all the goth steampunk dark fantasy.

In The Nexus
Hair: Boys&Girls*41 from Dura
Skin: Glam Affair Roza – One Voice for Gala
Tattoo: Tarantula from Fallen Gods
Outfit: EN-MU Orange by Orange Meili. RIP Discord Nightmare City

Cage Collars
Hair: Strider by Gauze
Skin and eyes: Lacrimosa Female Weeping by Fallen Gods
Tattoo: Tarantula by Fallen Gods
Gown: Kie from Evie’s Closet in black
Poses: Di’s Opera and pda

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Happy 11th Birthday, SL!

I know it’s not Spyralle, but it’s traditional!

SL11B - The Empire of the Air by Kerryth

SL11B – The Empire of the Air by Kerryth

I don’t know about you, but I had fun.

SL11B - Flying Machines by Kerryth

SL11B – Flying Machines by Kerryth

I had bigger plans but no time to build, so it ended up being one of those Blender speed drills and random crazy sandbox adventures. Sometimes that’s the most fun way to create.

 

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Genre: Arabia

Genre Arabia opened on the 15th of June. Here are some jewels for your garden, a place for Scheherazade to tell her tales…

Spyralle Pearl Gazebo

Spyralle Pearl Gazebo

Spyralle Jewel Gazebo

Spyralle Jewel Gazebo

I had spent nearly a week recreating my Silk Road fantasy gazebo in mesh with the intention of releasing a mesh version for Genre. It was going well, but at the 11th hour things went wrong when I tried to upload the file and the result was double the land impact of the prim original. Not being expert enough to figure it out in time, I made all new textures for the prim/sculpt original and tweaked the build a little, so there are prims at Genre from Spyralle. And why not? Whatever works best at any given time, is best, and sometimes the old ways work better.

The pendants fringing the roof were created from a rather old lace fractal I had in my project pile for a tattoo that never got released. I straightened out the curve, plated them in gold and overlaid them on some of the lovely glassy patterns you can get with the difference blending mode in UltraFractal. The same glass effect shows on the main images seen on roof and floor.

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Art in Hats – Hats in Art 2014

This delightful exhibition is a collaboration between Second Life designers and photographers, celebrating the art of the hat. Both hats and images are for sale, and an auction will benefit the “Feed a Smile” charity. There will be a fashion show on June 21.

I was thrilled to be invited to show some of my recent headpieces in the Exhibition and to be teamed with brilliant photographer Sina Souza, whose moody atmospheric image are simply amazing. I can’t show them here; you’ll have to go and see them!

The show includes the second jewelled hood in my Silk Road series, “Starry Dance.”

Spyralle Silk Hood - Starry Dance

Spyralle Silk Hood – Starry Dance

The first hood in the series is “Dyers Guild,” created for the Silk Road Hunt, continuing through June 30.  This is at Spyralle only, free to hunters.

Spyralle Silk Hood - Dyers' Guild

Spyralle Silk Hood – Dyers’ Guild

The hood and brooch are original mesh, textured with original fractal images. They are unrigged and can be resized and repositioned.

The third in the series is “Oasis Path” – one of the gifts in the Passport game at Fashion for Life.

Spyralle Silk Hood - Oasis Path

Spyralle Silk Hood – Oasis Path

The fourth hood, “The Parchment Scroll,” will be a free gift at Spyralle later this month and will be announced in world.

Spyralle Silk Hood - The Parchment Scroll

Spyralle Silk Hood – The Parchment Scroll

Also shown at Art in Hats, Spyralle’s Waverider Pacific crown, released at Fantasy Faire 2014 and the Cage Collar – Cryo, which made a brief debut at World Goth Fair. I will show the collars in a future post.

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Cruising Fashion for Life

The dress spoke to me in Greek. I was in that twilight zone of insufficient sleep when fractal bonded to mesh and spoke of sunlight on ancient islands in the Mediterranean, the Aegean. “Mykonos” the dress said. I had to look up the Greek word for Island, the anglicized spelling: Nisi.

Spyralle Nisi Mykonos Set

Spyralle Nisi Mykonos Set

Soft gauze in wispy layers, patterned with the colors of sunlight and mist, sky and sea. You on the deck of the yacht with the wind in your hair.

Spyralle Nisi Ikaria Set

Spyralle Nisi Ikaria Set

Ancient and modern. Memory and anticipation.

Spyralle Nisi Kythira Set

Spyralle Nisi Kythira Set

Spyralle’s Nisi dresses are available exclusively at Fashion for Life until June 20.

Hair: Abbey from Elikatira
Skin: Jewel Pure 1 in Amber Light from Curio
Hat: sur+ [strawww hat]
Feet: N-core

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Spyralle Wanders to Fashion for Life

Imagine yourself in the old city on the caravan route, at the end of a long, dusty journey. In the cool evening you wander into the bazaar and find beautiful things to wear … a raw silk shirt, heavily embroidered in bands of color …

Silk Road Tunic and Pants Jewel

Silk Road Tunic and Pants Jewel

Spyralle Silk Road Tunic and Pants Jade

Spyralle Silk Road Tunic and Pants Jade

The coordinating mesh pants are piped down the side and can be tucked into boots, if they fit as generously as these Assassin boots from Lassitude & Ennui.

pyralle Silk Road Tunic and Pants Rose

Spyralle Silk Road Tunic and Pants Rose

Spyralle Silk Road Tunic and Pants Sapphire

Spyralle Silk Road Tunic and Pants Sapphire

Silk Road outfits are now exclusively at Fashion for Life in Syralle’s bazaar on Wander.

The glorious boots are Lassitude & Ennui’s Assassin Boots. The hair is Adeline from Truth. The skin is my favorite Jewel from Curio, and the eyes are Sunrise Egyptian Blue from IKON.

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