Christmas Expo 2014: Owl Moon Special Editions

Because Owl Moon is about the seasons of the year, here are three special editions for this festive holiday season, exclusively at the SL Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair.

Spyralle Owl Moon Christmas Spirit

Spyralle Owl Moon Christmas Spirit – 100% Donation to RFL

You can find the SLURL to Spyralle at the Expo in the last post.

Spyralle Owl Moon Gown - Yuletide Ruby

Spyralle Owl Moon Gown – Yuletide Ruby

Spyralle Owl Moon Gown - Solstice Eve

Spyralle Owl Moon Gown – Solstice Eve

Please see the December 3 post The Turning of the Year for credits.

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Christmas Expo 2014

Relay for Life’s final event of the year has opened in Second Life! The SL Christmas Expo and Winter Breedables Fair celebrates the holidays and offers 8 sims full of shopping, sightseeing and entertainment from December 4 though December 15. Spyralle’s Expo shop can be found on Sim 3, sponsored by the House of Avro.

This year’s fractal inspiration is a series of kaleidoscoped images that have a painted, folk art quality.  I have been using variations of them in many products this past year and found that they work beautifully with some of the Christmas color gradients I’ve made.  There are a lot of new releases!

I’m especially happy with a new series of carved and painted wooden Christmas trees (mesh).

Spyralle Folk Art Christmas Tree - Frost-Green

Spyralle Folk Art Christmas Tree – Frost-Green – 100% donation to RFL

Spyralle Folk Art Christmas Tree - Green&Red 250L donation

Spyralle Folk Art Christmas Tree – Green&Red – 100% donation to RFL

The Green & Red tree is also in the Tree Lot on Sim 3.

Spyralle Folk Art Christmas Tree - Dark-Red

Spyralle Folk Art Christmas Tree – Dark-Red

These trees shrink down beautifully to tabletop size and make a lovely decorating accent. They do remain at 1 LI if you scale them up a bit, but keep in mind that Land Impact does vary with size. The trees can be linked together, possibly saving more prims.

Spyralle Folk Art Christmas Tree - Frost-Red

Spyralle Folk Art Christmas Tree – Frost-Red

As shipped, the trees are not full bright, but you may want to turn on full bright in the edit window of your viewer to make them stand out a little more. The display trees at the Christmas Expo are on Full Bright.

Spyralle Folk Art Christmas Tree - Elsa

Spyralle Folk Art Christmas Tree – Elsa

Spyralle Folk Art Christmas Tree - Toybox

Spyralle Folk Art Christmas Tree – Toybox

There is more new Spyralle at the Expo! Watch for future updates.

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Thames River Frost Fair

It is always so much fun to be a part of Mieville’s creative and lively events and hunts, dreamed up by the inexhaustible imagination of Mayor Perryn Peterson. This year’s winter fair is no exception!  The inspiration for the event is the freezing of the Thames River in 1814, 200 years ago, the last time the river ice was solid enough to support all kinds of partying for several days.

Spyralle has a little booth tucked under the bridge with a selection of prior holiday releases, including some things marked down 50%. All of our new releases are up on the bank in the gatcha house, where the Advent Calendar is located. (Very convenient!)

We have two gatchas at the fair, one with a new edition of the mesh wreaths introduced last year.

Spyralle Crystal Wreath Gacha

Spyralle Crystal Wreath Gacha at Mieville’s Thames River Frost Fair

The mesh wreaths are 1 LI, but watch the sizing because they pop up to 2 if you enlarge them much. In the old days, though, each would have taken dozens of prims. The UltraRare wreath is decorated with glass ball ornaments glammed up with one of Spyralle’s “pearl” textures (simple flame fractals generated in Apophysis). I revised the mesh from last year’s version to cut the LI even more, so even with the ornaments the wreath is only 3 LI. Lots of colors, so have a try.

Spyralle 2014 Ornament Collection Gacha

Spyralle 2014 Ornament Collection Gacha at the Thames River Frost Fair

Longtime fans of Spyralle and its predecessor Kerryth Tarantal Studio may remember that I used to release a special edition set of Christmas ornaments at holiday time, showing textures from the year’s art gallery shows.  After the gallery shows were phased out in favor of Spyralle’s present product mix, the special ornament collections were discontinued. This year, they return!

The new version is original mesh by Kerryth with a very fancy detailed gold hanger that does not show up in the above photo. The glass designs belong to a series of fractals I’ve been working with for over a year. They suggest painted folk art motifs, and I’ve been making lots of things with them in all kinds of colors. If you’re lucky, you might score the entire set of 12, the UltraRare prize on the gatcha.

There are plenty of fun things to do at the Thames River Frost Fair  – shopping, skating, games, dancing, a mini-hunt and a free daily gift at the Advent Calendar.  Bring friends and family for a great outing.

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Silly Seven!

Free*Style is seven years old! We’re having a party – the Silly Seven Celebration. The whole place is full of silly stuff from your favorite designers.  Everything is 77L or something with a lot of 7 in it. Here is what you’ll find from Spyralle…

Spyralle Happy Birthday Party Ant-lers

Spyralle Happy Birthday Party Ant-lers for Silly Seven

Thanks to Benjamin for being my model this time!

Silly Seven Site. This will take you directly to Spyralle’s booth. Have fun!

 

 

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The Turning of the Year

At Seelie Court, Winter Is Coming. Spyralle brings you four gowns to celebrate the changing season. I call them Owl Moon because the fractal I used reminds me of owls.

Spyralle Owl Moon Gown - November

Spyralle Owl Moon Gown – November

You can see it in the feather texture on the bodice and the spiral “eyes” on sleeves and skirt.  I have a great fondness for owls.

Each “month” of Owl Moon was textured separately with a new fractal colored to reflect the seasonal moods – the brilliant colours of autumn shading into the subtler palette of winter.

Spyralle Owl Moon - Autumn to Winter

Spyralle Owl Moon – Autumn to Winter

These images also remind me of two of my favorite folk art traditions, the Celtic and the native art of northwest North America. I hope these dresses express a little bit of the spirit of both.

The original image I created in 2002 (2014 monochrome version shown below) has been the basis of numerous fractal explorations and images in my fractal catalog, plus several works in Second Life, most recently in the banners of my 2014 Burn2 build.

02040201_monochrome

02040201_monochrome

The year continues to turn, and winter will pass. Will the owls continue to fly? You may count on it!

Owl Moon September through December are exclusive to Seelie Court during this round.

The hair is Ange from D!va, the skin is Katya from Glam Affair, and the pose is one of the Adorkable Advent gifts of 2011. The location is Paradiso.

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Artifacts

In a world impoverished by disaster and the priorities of survival, we make what we need out of what we have and what we can find.

Genre is open for November. This month’s theme is Post-Apocalypse. The setting is a ring of decaying railroad boxcars in a secret canyon out in the scorched wilderness, holding everything you could need to look stylish for the Aftermath.

I welded crude goggles out of old tin cans. They aren’t fancy, but they’ll protect your eyes somewhat from the glare and the dust.

Spyralle Glare Goggles for Genre Post-Apocolypse

Spyralle Glare Goggles for Genre Post-Apocolypse

This one is called “Toma Sa” because that’s all you can read of the what’s left of the label – though there’s a bit of bar code still visible on one side.

Spyralle Glare Goggles - Toma Sa

Spyralle Glare Goggles – Toma Sa

Scrounged belts made a strap to buckle it around your head.

Spyralle Glare Goggles - Extra Virgin

Spyralle Glare Goggles – Extra Virgin

This one’s kind of pretty, I think – little floral bit left; I put it right over the nose.

Spyralle Glare Goggles - & Beans

Spyralle Glare Goggles – & Beans

Makes you wonder. What did they have WITH the beans, back then?

Spyralle Glare Goggles in the Wastelands

Spyralle Glare Goggles in the Wastelands

Filmed at the Great Fissure in the Wastelands. Special thanks to model Landru McCallen.

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A Flash of Lightning

A Tattered Page [* citation needed.] is a new event celebrating books. For each round designers create a new, exclusive design inspired by an assigned book. The event bloggers are also required to read the book and take inspiration from it. I am thrilled to be included in round 1: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

While I watched the tempest, so beautiful yet terrific, I wandered on with a hasty step. This noble war in the sky elevated my spirits; I clasped my hands, and exclaimed aloud, “William, dear angel! And this is thy funeral, this thy dirge!” As I said these words, I perceived in the gloom a figure which stole from behind a clump of trees near me; I stood fixed, gazing intently. I could not be mistaken. A flash of lightning illuminated the object, and discovered its shape plainly to me; it’s gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly informed me that it was the wretch, the filthy daemon, to whom I had given life. What did he there? Could he be (I shuddered at the conception) the murderer of my brother? No sooner did that idea cross my imagination, than I became convinced of its truth; my teeth chattered, and I was forced to lean against a tree for support. The figure passed me quickly, and I lost it in the gloom.

from Chapter 7 of Frankenstein

Daemon Light is inspired by this passage and several others that mention lightning.

Daemon Light from Spyralle.

Daemon Light from Spyralle.

Daemon Light is a rigged mesh attachment with scripted lightning flash. There is only one size, which should fit most avatars in the normal range of stature, and there is no alpha, as lightning can pass right through the body – and Daemon Light does.

Daemon Light also comes with a static, non-flashing version with a HUD control for glow and alpha to give photographers a fighting chance.

The Cyan color is exclusive to A Tattered Page and will not be available after the event. There are also four other colors which are not exclusive. You can find all of them at Spyralle, flashing like Tesla coils next to the stairs. There is a free demo.

Spyralle Daemon Light - UltraViolet, Red, Gold, White

Spyralle Daemon Light – UltraViolet, Red, Gold, White

For more information about A Tattered Page and a shopping guide to all the participating stores, please go to this page:  http://atatteredpage.wordpress.com/

Shopping Guide: http://atatteredpage.wordpress.com/shopping-guide/

You will also find links to the outstanding blog postings about this event. Don’t just look; read! They’re wonderful.

Special thanks to guest model Tavish Flanagan.

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