Summer and Betty

Spyralle Betty Bloomer in Red

Spyralle Betty Bloomer in Red

Spyralle Betty Bloomer suits are still out at the summer round of Inspiration SL, price reduced – and there is a gift from us!

This round’s inspiration is Betty Boop, cartoon icon of 80 years past. Betty Boop was a carefree 1920s flapper trying to carry on in the less carefree 1930s, until Hollywood brought in the Hayes Code and banned the suggestive humor of Betty’s heyday. Spyralle’s bloomer playsuits suggest the balance of innocence and naughtiness – at least these would have been a bit naughty in the 1920s! – that was so much a part of Betty Boop’s enduring charm.

Spyralle Betty Bloomer in Black

Spyralle Betty Bloomer in Black

For Spyralle, summer turned out to be a vacation of sorts from SL. Between travel, family events, a home remodel (still in progress) and some actual Vacation, I was not in world more than the absolute minimum. Luckily, Spyralle is becoming a team these days, and I’m most grateful to Tai for helping to hold it together. This store blog fell rather by the wayside, as it tends to do when time is scarce. There is some catching up to do!

Spyralle Betty Bloomer in Blue

Spyralle Betty Bloomer in Blue

The time away offered an opportunity to do some thinking about future direction for the store and the designer.  Spyralle has always been a labor of love, slipped in around the edges of a busy “real” life, and done for the joy of creating. But it was in danger of becoming merely labor in service of income that is, in my fortunate case, superfluous and far less valuable than my time.  Time is too precious to spend on things that bring stress and kill delight. Not everyone has the luxury of choice in these matters, but I do. So I chose to change some things.

Simplification, first. We dropped some events and turned down quite a few more. We’re going to stick with the ones that are fun and encourage real imagination and creativity – AND connect us to people we enjoy working with. If they do some good in the world, that’s a plus.

Product. I’m going to make what I have fun making. That means more projects that fall into what SL calls “Home and Garden” (not my choice of descriptions – and I Resist categorization whenever I can – but it’s a term that can be used without explanation), plus, I hope, small buildings. This shift has been happening for well over a year. You may have noticed the trend in our event exclusives and hunt prizes.

It truly came into focus at last year’s Burn2 event.  The most fun I had all year was making the bits of architecture for Da Vinci’s Toy Chest, my Burn2 build, and working with Tai’lahr to create the toys.  Our collaboration continues. I do mesh and textures; she makes magic with scripts. We have so many ideas! Some of them may be simple and silly, but they’re fun, and people seem to like them.

Spyralle is not abandoning wearables, but the balance is shifting away from clothes.  You’ll see fewer garments and more jewelry and headpieces and mesh accessories. Though less frequent, mesh clothes and system/applier clothes won’t go away. They’ll still feature our customary fractal-derived textures because our fans like us for that.  And because they’re different. And I like being different.  Cheers!

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I Shall Simply Grow a New Heart

Spyralle 'Grow A New Heart' Necklace - Amethyst

Spyralle ‘Grow A New Heart’ Necklace – Amethyst

From some relationships, gone bad, we launch ourselves anew. From the dark place of learning that someone we trusted was not worth the anguish poured out, we set our faces forward. The darkness becomes the cocoon from which we emerge: stronger, tougher, smarter.  It is not the seed from which we bloom – we provide that, ourselves – but it may be the compost, to put it politely, that speeds new growth. Which doesn’t mean it is easy.

Spyralle 'Grow A New Heart' Necklace - Emerald

Spyralle ‘Grow A New Heart’ Necklace – Emerald

The above puts in bold words what this piece seeks to say more subtly. The new heart, pure alabaster, grows quietly in a sheltering pod.

Spyralle 'Grow A New Heart' Neclace - Ruby, Sapphire, Onyx, Amber

Spyralle ‘Grow A New Heart’ Neclace – Ruby, Sapphire, Onyx, Amber

So take heart.

Spyralle’s ‘New Heart’ necklace is exclusive to Swank through June.

 

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Byzantium

Spyralle Mosaic Gazebo

Spyralle Mosaic Gazebo

The Silk Road Hunt, presented by Historical Hunts Ltd., is on for the month of June. This year’s theme is Byzantium, the city also known as Constantinople and Istanbul – the traditional western terminus of the fabled Silk Road.

Themed events and hunts always send us on a research quest (one of the reasons we like them), and this time it was architecture that caught our fancy. We created this gazebo with a dome supported by a structure called a ‘pendentive’ in each of the four corners. Pendentives are a common, characteristic feature of Byzantine architecture.

Basically, a pendentive is what you get when  you support a dome with another dome that is sliced off on the four sides to make the base square. It is one of the ways to create a round dome on a square base. The curved triangles left of the lower dome are the pendentives.

Enjoy this pendentive dome hunt prize from Spyralle until  the end of June!

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Florette

Spyralle Florette Rainbow

Spyralle Florette Rainbow

Now out at The Avenue for June, Spyralle’s Florette is one of those comfy, bright summer outfits you can wear for shopping, playing with the kids, hanging out at your favorite coffee bar or simply relaxing on the deck with a sunset margarita.  The first two colors made a brief appearance at A Walk in the Garden, a May benefit event.

Spyralle Florette Pastel

Spyralle Florette Pastel

The simple mini dress can be worn alone or paired with the carefree capri-length yoga pants. Why not wear the pants with a different top? Or a floppy tee shirt or a tunic or crop top? They’re system/applier, so they can go under all your mesh without a problem.

Spyralle Florette Afternoon

Spyralle Florette Afternoon

Florette is painted with a watercolor take on a new batch of Spyralle’s original fractals. These fit into our Floriade series of florally inspired triangle inequality average colorings of Mandelbrot and Julia fractals. Earlier Floriade compositions have appeared in Spyralle creations since 2012.  Unlike many Spyralle designs over the past couple of years in which the fractal layers are subtle and difficult to identify, Florette goes back to our roots with cheerful exuberance that fits right in with the paisleys and florals and joyful prints filling the runways this season.

Spyralle Florette Moonlight

Spyralle Florette Moonlight

Sometimes, naming our designs is a challenge. Do we call this one purple or green? Do we pick a flower name that covers purple and green and white? That would fit with the “Florette” – but we use flower names a lot. And the first two were already non-flowers.

Spyralle Florette Sunshine

Spyralle Florette Sunshine

Then there was this very long cross country drive through the most beautiful spring day that evolved into a rainstorm that cleared to moonlight and stars, with the light changing over and over again. And I thought:  Time of Day! And: Weather! (Kerryth is kind of a meteorology junkie – yes, they exist.)

So that’s where the color names came from. Rainbow fit right in. Pastel should have been ‘Morning,’ but it was already named, so I left it and found another gradient that was morning-ish.

Spyralle Florette Morning

Spyralle Florette Morning

The only missing color is the one about the rainstorm. Maybe that will come along later as a special release or a group exclusive.

The model is wearing Elikatira Miya hair, Glam Affair Lune Skin, IKON eyes, KC’s Fergie sandals, a Maitreya body with a personal shape.

 

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Elys

Spyralle Elys Purple

Spyralle Elys Purple

Elys, a simple medieval gown in brocade and velvet, is Spyralle’s new exclusive release for the 2017 Medieval Faire, a SL Relay for Life event presented by the Unmasking a Cure team. All proceeds from four of the six colors go to Relay for Life.

Spyralle Elys Gold

Spyralle Elys Gold

Spyralle Elys Blue

Spyralle Elys Blue

Spyralle Elys Red

Spyralle Elys Red

Spyralle Elys Black

Spyralle Elys Black

Spyralle Elys Green

Spyralle Elys Green

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Face InterFace

Spyralle Face Inter Face Headpiece

Spyralle Face Inter Face Headpiece

Face InterFace, the newest design in Spyralle’s long running theme of technology as (usually whimsical) jewelry, is our exclusive for the May round of Genre. Theme: Science Fiction – or, perhaps more accurately nuanced, Sci-Fi. And, yes, there is a difference. The latter has, maybe, a bit more room for fun.

The idea is a wearable device – some futuristic amalgam of phone, tablet, enhanced reality interface – that also displays a “face” to the world. A tool of self-expression as well as interactivity and connection.

Spyralle Face InterFace - a small sample of the options

Spyralle Face InterFace – a small sample of the options

The controlling HUD – which attaches literally in your face (and also shows up on the inside of the screen facing the avatar) – gives a choice of five frame colors, six light colors (also an on/off switch for brightness), framed and unframed eye lenses in four colors and a selection of “faces” on the outside screen. More of the options are shown below.

Lens options with light-node color options

Lens options with light-node color options

Screen options

Screen options

There is a demo at Genre so you can try all the options. The scripting allows for future expansion modules.

Only the most observant of long time Spyralle fans may recognize the echoes of Spyralle’s very first Genre creation in this piece. Revisiting those ideas was a major part of the fun I had making this.

Genre is one of those events that encourage both intentional designing toward a set theme and a true diversity of approaches to it – a most welcome attitude in what sometimes seems a vast sea of sameness. For the designer, this poses a pair of challenges that may be in some tension with each other: being thoughtful about the theme as a basis for the design and yet looking for an idea just offbeat enough that nobody else in the event is likely to do something similar enough to dilute interest. The balance point falls differently for every designer, every month, and the chemistry of Genre’s team of creators keeps this event exciting to see and rewarding to engage in. This month’s sci-fi round is no exception!

The model wears “Attention!” – a dress released by Songbird at A Clockwork Spiral 2014, a vintage skin from Curio called The Visitor, a shaved hairbase from Wasabi Pills, IKON eyes and a personal shape.

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Peace by Peace

Spyralle Royal Batik Veranda Curtains Set of 3

Spyralle Royal Batik Veranda Curtains Set of 3

These soft and colorful accents for a serene and peaceful outdoor space are yours for the finding if you follow the trail of this month’s Peace by Peace Hunt. This set uses three of Spyralle’s Royal Batik patterns – Dawn Sea, Morning Dance and Evening Mist.

Spyralle is delighted to be a sponsor of the Peace by Peace hunt, presented by the team that puts on the annual Peace On Earth Hunt in December.  Prizes have the nominal price of one linden in this hunt.

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