October Blossoms

Spyralle Periwinkle Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Periwinkle Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Revamped, presented by Models Giving Back, invites designers to revisit an earlier design and renew it in some way. For this round I chose to recreate the Blossom series of original mesh jewelry released in 2014. I was never happy with the textures on the original pieces because the flower shaped fractals lost resolution at the center and looked too dark at this scale. New textures added stars of light in the centers.

Spyralle Agave Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Agave Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

The new release of Blossom at Revamped has nine new textures, plus a “full set” version you can customize with a HUD.

Spyralle Pumpkin Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Pumpkin Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Confetti Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Confetti Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Magic Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Magic Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

I do plan to update the original colors as time permits. For now, you can see all nine of the new colors at Revamped through October 22.

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Torch Light

Spyralle Torch Light Gypsy Boho Outfit - One of a Kind for Spoonful of Sugar

Spyralle Torch Light Gypsy Boho Outfit – One of a Kind for Spoonful of Sugar

Torch Light is the second new Royal Batik colorway, and this one-of-a-kind outfit is the only design with Torch Light so far. You can bid on this at the Spoonful of Sugar Festival.

Torch Light colors may appear in future Royal Batik Collection pieces, but never another gypsy outfit. The batik pattern is also new, and this outfit is the only one with six color options for the blouse.

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Kirana

Spyralle Kirana dress - Morning Dance

Spyralle Kirana dress – Morning Dance

For anyone who has seen me wearing my own designs in public, it is probably no surprise that Morning Dance is my favorite colorway of all the Royal Batiks. It has cheerful, rainbow greens, blues and a touch of purple, blending into a more naturalistic woodsy palette. It reminds me of hiking on Oahu – the intensity of color in the sunshine, the earthiness of the undergrowth in the forest shade.

It is also special because it is based on the first fractal I ever took through the process I use to construct the batik textures for Infinitum, the one most associated with those exciting discoveries.

On the other hand – as has been pointed out to me by certain Purple fans – Morning Dance is not Purple. I loved purple long before I was a Prince fan (and I am), and though Royal Batik already has Evening Mist…

Spyralle Kirana dress - Evening Mist

Spyralle Kirana dress – Evening Mist

… it could be said that Evening Mist is Not Purple Enough.

A search for Enough Purple ensued, back at the Ultra Fractal gradient stage. On that journey, the seed image for Midnight Visit was discovered – a new colorway in the Royal Batik series.

Spyralle Kirana dress - Midnight Visit

Spyralle Kirana dress – Midnight Visit

I’m not sure it is Enough Purple, but I like it. Midnight Visit, the new color in Spyralle’s Royal Batik Collection, is introduced with Kirana, a new dress – sleek, slim, island-casual. Flattering to the figure, sensual but not revealing.

Spyralle Kirana dress - Lava Flow

Spyralle Kirana dress – Lava Flow

Of course, Kirana also appears in the most popular Royal Batik color, Lava Flow, and our other Royal Batik patterns released so far.

Spyralle Kirana dress - Dawn Sea

Spyralle Kirana dress – Dawn Sea

All six Kirana dresses are exclusive to the Spoonful of Sugar Festival, a benefit for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), through September 23. Proceeds from four of the colors, including Midnight Visit, are a donation to this important cause. The physicians and other health workers of Doctors Without Borders provide emergency medical care in some of the most dangerous places of the world.  Please go to the festival and donate what you can. The shopping is pretty fine, too!

Spyralle Kirana dress - Palm Grove

Spyralle Kirana dress – Palm Grove

Hair: Exile “Reveling in You”
Skin: Glam Affair Luna
Feet: Slink
Eyes: IKON
Shape: Kerryth Tarantal personal shape 2016 #4

 

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Tangled Thoughts

Spyralle Tangled Thoughts Dress Morph #1

Spyralle Tangled Thoughts Dress Morph #1

Before she passed away, my mother had a series of strokes that stole her ability to communicate. While she could still express herself, she made a comment that her thoughts were all tangled. I have never forgotten that image.

My mother did not have Alzheimer’s Disease, we believe, but other family members have been afflicted by this dreadful, tragic condition, and I am glad to do what I can to help the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This is why Spyralle is taking part in the Miles of Memories event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, presented by the Miss Royalty group.

Spyralle Tangled Thoughts Dress Morph #2

Spyralle Tangled Thoughts Dress Morph #2

Tangled Thoughts is my exclusive creation for Miles of Memories 2016, in memory of my mother and others in my family and in honor of those coping now. Tangled Thoughts suggests a classic fairy tale “princess” dress with something going awry.

In my library of original fractals I kept coming back to one that is a field of two colors separated by a horizontal boundary, but in one place that boundary erupts into a jumble of spirals.  I reworked that pattern into the prettiest color gradients I had because even a tangled garden can be beautiful.  I chose three of many to make these dresses.

Spyralle Tangled Thoughts dress - Morph #3

Spyralle Tangled Thoughts dress – Morph #3

Please visit Miles of Memories between now and September 23. Shop for some great exclusives and contribute to a very worthwhile cause.

Hair: (red)Mint Hair no.39’16
Skin: Glam Affair Luna
Eyes: IKON
Body: Maitreya Lara
Poses: Di’s Opera

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Ochre at Genre

Spyralle Neolithic Ceremonial Body Paint - Yellow Ochre & White

Spyralle Neolithic Ceremonial Body Paint – Yellow Ochre & White

As a “maker” rather than a blogger, I tend to put the designing and creating first, and usually the blogging and photo-posting goes to the back of the line until the current round of projects are done – which means I tend to blog event releases very late, if not after.

This time I want to be on time, if not early, because I’m pretty excited about this month’s Genre. No small part of that is the great honor of being September’s featured designer on the Genre blog. It made me very happy, because Genre is one of my two top favorite events in SL.

The theme of this round, just open yesterday, is Prehistoric. Genre designers took this in many different directions – you have to go see!  I decided to do something at least “inspired by” the real Neolithic and something I have not done for quite a few months: tattoos.

Spyralle Neolithic Ceremonial Body Paint - Red Ochre & Charcoal Black

Spyralle Neolithic Ceremonial Body Paint – Red Ochre & Charcoal Black

We don’t actually know very much about what kind of designs people painted or tattooed on their bodies ten to twenty thousand years ago, but we do know that they did use body paint from traces of pigments in burials that have been excavated and from a few mummies. We also know, from those same burials and from their cave art, what pigments they used. Ochre, which ranges in color from yellow to red to brown, was popular. Kaolin or ground calcite was used for white; charcoal or manganese dioxide was used for black. This is pretty much the entire palette of color they had. The ground pigments were mixed with various liquids or fats to adhere to walls, bodies and artifacts.

The actual design of these Spyralle body decorations is inspired by Australian aboriginal art – a Neolithic culture that survives, in some measure, into the present day. Beautiful modern day aboriginal art continues the traditional mode of creating an image with lines and swirls of dots. These imaginary Neolithic ladies are hand painted with thumbprints for some big ceremony or celebration.

Each set comes with two of the four colors as a system tattoo layer and Omega applier. There are three versions: face only, body only and the full pattern. The full pack of four colors is available for a reduced price.

Spyralle Neolithic Ceremonial Body Paint - Four Color Set

Spyralle Neolithic Ceremonial Body Paint – Four Color Set

The lovely skins are older designs from Curio – Jewel and Angel – that I would love to see returned to the Grid some day because they are so exquisite. The hairs are from Exile, feet are from Slink and the eyes are from IKON.  The poses are Di’s Opera. The body is the system avatar, a personal shape, because I do not have appliers for those older Curio tones, though I hear she has made them available now.

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Endellion Revamped

Spyralle Endellion dress in Pink

Spyralle Endellion Pink

A long time ago, in SL terms, I was feeling a little bit snarky and rebellious about mesh. I made a dress called Endellion Rebel. It was “system” – damn it! – with a flexy skirt. It took a ton of work, carving up and piecing together and layering and smooshing and color processing some very complex fractal lace and then matching it across that (expletive deleted) mid-body seam – which is probably why I only made one.

Mesh was still in its early days and there was a lot to be snarky about. There still is (hello, jelly doll!), but things have improved much, and we have all learned a lot and come a long way.

Spyralle Endellion dress in Navy-Taupe

Spyralle Endellion Navy-Taupe

Yet, mesh is only one tool, or set of tools, one way of creating content for our grid.  I sincerely believe the old tools still have a lot of value. There are some things they just do better. And simpler.  For instance, skin-tight.

Once upon a time, skin-tight was pretty much all we had to work with. Everything was a leotard, a bodysuit, and we did our best to create the illusion that it wasn’t, with body distortion, shading, painted plywood attachments and faux cloth. For a few kinds of clothing this worked beautifully, but not for most.  Yes, those illusions and work-arounds were worth ditching for mesh.

Spyralle Endellion dress in Purple

Spyralle Endellion Purple

Now, you can make a skin tight mesh, and bless you if you can make it so it fits the mesh body I like to wear, with the sliders where I want them. But how many versions and copies and sizes are you going to make to fit everyone? And who wants all those extra copies in their inventory? And do you really want to narrow it down and shut out all the residents who don’t wear that particular mesh body? Not to mention the many who don’t like mesh bodies at all?

Spyralle Endellion dress in Black

Spyralle Endellion Black

Happily, we have appliers! Appliers can do skin-tight on ALL mesh bodies, just like “system” clothing layers always did on the original mesh bodies, i.e, standard avatars.  But I remember my rebel streak coming back out as mesh bodies multiplied, each one with it’s own proprietary applier system. “This is crazy!” I said, and I wasn’t the only one.

This is why I welcomed the Omega system and support it.  Because you don’t need a lot of extra stuff in your inventory either.

Spyralle Endellion dress in Green

Spyralle Endellion Green

Revamped, presented by Models Giving Back, is the event that invites designers to revisit a previous creation and “renew” it in some way.  When I joined Revamped in August, I knew Endellion was the project I wanted to revamp.  In the years since the Rebel, I had streamlined the work flow for my lace fractals and other fractals, making additional colors far easier to produce without losing the richness of color gradients. Second, applier technology now makes this type of dress accessible to everyone, whether they use a mesh body or not.

Here is the original Endellion Rebel. It was black, because Rebel. And Rebel, herself, was a revamping of a less-well-thought out design for an earlier Fantasy Faire that I think of now as a work in progress. (I’m not including a picture; I’m sure there’s one out there.)

Spyralle's original Endellion Rebel dress - out of the Past

Spyralle Endellion Rebel – out of the Past

I rediscovered something. System clothing is an art form in itself and doggone hard to make. Local textures make it much less expensive, but no less laborious.  Small wonder a lot of designers don’t make system/applier clothes anymore.

Here is Rebel II, out now with the five new colors shown above. A new generation of color, a timeless design – because sexy never goes out of fashion.

Spyralle Endellion Rebel II dress in magenta, orange and purple

Spyralle Endellion Rebel II

I can still be snarky, though, if I feel like it, from time to time.

Revamped Endellion
Body: Maitreya Lara + Kerryth Tarantal personal shape 2016 #4
Hair: Exile ‘Reveling in You’
Eyes: IKON Hope in Denim
Skin: Glam Affair Luna in Jamaica

Original Endellion Rebel
Body: Kerryth Tarantal personal system shape 2013 #3
Hair: Dura #2 for Fashion For Life 2013
Skin: Pulse Kissed Mystery
Feet: N-Core

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Divination

Spyralle Prognosticator

Spyralle Prognosticator

Foretelling the future is a chancy business. You might want to keep picking up data from the space-time continuum as you go, so as to keep your predictions on track.

Wear this attractive, useful, slightly retro device from Spyralle to pick up those vibes and space-time waves for your divination doings. The Prognosticator fits comfortably on your left forearm and is compatible with most imaginary tech devices. Totally waterproof, you can clean it in the dishwasher.

The Prognosticator advance preview version is yours for free at Spyralle in this month’s Twisted Hunt. Too bad you don’t already have it, because then you could tell where it will be moved next. Good luck!

 

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