Happy 17th Birthday, Second Life!

Spyralle's SL17B Beetle - a birthday gift!

Spyralle’s SL17B Beetle – a birthday gift

Among the many joyful birthday presents on the Boardwalk at Second Life’s 17th Birthday event, you’ll find this free gift from Spyralle and Kerryth Tarantal! There’s one to wear and one to rez, and if you need a place to display your growing insect collection, take a look back through our posts for some interesting shelves and cabinets.

In yesterday’s Meet the Lindens interview, Ebbe Linden, CEO of Linden Laboratory, which owns Second Life, countered the criticism and dismissal of the platform as “old.” “Windows is old,” he reminded the audience. Billions of people still use it. Second Life, he said, is “mature.” A true and just observation, I agree. Platforms, games, online activities do not endure this long unless they have something going for them. And Second Life seems to have more going for it than ever. SL’s greatest strength, in my opinion, is the opportunity for all participants to create according to their own imaginations, tools and levels of skill. We residents build it, every day!

My first SL Birthday was the 5th, and I remember it well.  Since then I’ve attended them all and exhibited in quite a few.  This year, Spyralle is one of the 200 stores in the SL17B shopping event. We have several new things for you, never before released, all with special discounts. And another gift…

Spyralle De Stijl Earrings #1

Spyralle De Stijl Earrings #1 – Gift for SL17B

The earrings, named after one of the prominent movements in 20th Century art and inspired by the work of its most famous member, Piet Mondrian, are a companion piece to Spyralle’s De Stijl Necklace, originally released in 2018.  The jewelry features enameled panels set in graphite frames hinged with silver pins. A color change HUD is included.  The original release was accompanied by single color earrings as an event gift. This is the first time the color change version has been available – now a gift at Spyralle’s SL17B store. The necklace is also among the items in the store at SL17B.

Spyralle Song of the Storm, ceramic garden figure

Spyralle Song of the Storm, ceramic garden figure

Spyralle’s major release for SL17B is a new pair of tall ceramic figures in the “Song”  series first seen at Fantasy Faire 2020.  The original sculptures feature processed fractals by Kerryth Tarantal.

Spyralle Song of the Rainbow

Spyralle Song of the Rainbow

Song of the Storm and Song of the Rainbow are available singly or as a discounted set at the shopping event, along with their older sisters, Song of the Moon and Song of the Sun. The Songs are part of a larger themed collection — Totem, Icons and Archetypes — some of which is on display at Spyralle’s home location.

Spyralle Buttercup Headpiece

Spyralle Buttercup Headpiece

SL17B also marks the debut of another new original from Spyralle – Buttercup! Our floral headpiece drops a gentle rain of matching blossoms behind the wearer. All four of the blossom head pieces released so far are at the event, including Blue Flax, which was previously out only for one weekend in May.

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Return to the Silk Road

Spyralle Silk Road Rest Stop Version for Silk Road Hunt

Spyralle Silk Road Rest Stop – Release Version

The annual Silk Road Hunt is running this month, presented by Historical Hunts, Ltd. Above is a picture of Spyralle’s prize, the Silk Road Rest Stop. This build has a bit of history.

In 2014 (long ago, in SL years) I was honored to be one of the artists given a juried art camp in the October Burn2 Celebration. The theme that year was Caravanserai. My build was called The Silk Road Rest Stop. You can see pictures here on my personal art Flickr,

The original build was enormous, and it was mostly prims. That was an era when a significant number of SL residents still did not use mesh capable viewers, and creators had some rather haphazard knowledge of optimizing mesh, so the Burn2 festival organizers encouraged and welcomed prim builds. They still do, consistent with the Ten Principles of Burning Man, which include Radical Inclusion, Radical Self-reliance, Radical Self-expression, and Participation. EVERYBODY can build with prims, and it’s a jolly good skill to have!

The 2014 Silk Road Rest Stop hosted a daily chapter in a musical journey mapped by Ktahdn Vesuvino with music from cultures and locations all along the traditional Silk Road. Those were lovely gatherings, some of my happiest memories in SL.

After the festival, I rebuilt the Rest Stop on my home region, where it saw many more gatherings of friends and music lovers for over three years, before the birth of Spyralle’s present region, Mauna Waipi’o. Now, a scaled down version of the build stands on the southwest corner of Mauna Waipi’o. The site is usually private, but at least once a year it is open to the public for visiting, meditation, music listening, and relaxation.

The Silk Road Rest Stop will be open for the duration of the Silk Road Hunt XI, June 1-30. You are invited to visit. To get there, proceed west (straight ahead) from the main entrance of Spyralle and stay on the lower level. The best time to visit is sunset. 🙂

The Silk Road Hunt version of the Rest Stop has been planned for years. It is mesh, except for the base (explained in the included instructions). It is scaled way down because few people have the kind of space the original demands, or even the trimmed-down version still standing.  This one is a more realistic size for humans, dinkies and tinies, I hope.

Spyralle Silk Road Banners

Spyralle Silk Road Banners

The Silk Road Rest Stop has it’s fans and friends, but the one thing I have made over the years that has been most requested for public release is the set of flexy prim banners I made for the original. So, I finally did it!

The Silk Road Banners are out exclusively at the Asian Market in Mieville, the starting point for the Silk Road Hunt. The banners are scaled down to the same size as the banners on the hunt prize version.  They feature bright fractal images from my Owl Moon series.

Happy hunting!

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Very Vintage

Vintage style photo of Spyralle's new Victorian Museum Display Cabinet

Spyralle Victorian Museum Cabinet Upright Mahogany Upright

You know you’re getting old when you stroll around the annual Vintage Fair and find yourself constantly exclaiming, “Wait! THAT’s not vintage!” – and then you realize, for a lot of people, that IS vintage.

For Vintage Fair 2020, I went all the way back to the Victorian era, which is vintage even for me, and made this museum display cabinet inspired by a visit last year to the Milwaukee Public Museum. Milwaukee’s natural history museum is a vast and delightful experience, made even more charming by their inclusion and maintenance of vintage exhibits that say a lot about the history of museums and the attitudes of the eras when displays were made. There is a dinosaur room with sound and light effects that is quite a treat for kids of a certain vintage! It has seen better days, but I hope they don’t phase it out.

One of the most fascinating parts, to me, was the Victorian era display. In those days, a museum of natural history showed the exotic, the curious, the beautiful – with no context and very little comment. Objects were often grouped in cabinets with no particular system. Perhaps they came from the same world-traveling donor, or represented the same type of thing (e.g. birds), or they simply looked impressive together. They still do.

Even the display furniture is interesting, though a bit massive and overwhelming in the eyes of the present era. My version is simplified down quite a lot for the sake of land impact and scaled more realistically for your virtual home, I hope.

I also hope Victorian furniture comes back into fashion by the time I’m ready to offload  my real life collection…

Vintage Fair runs through June 22. Spyralle’s vintage is located here.

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Midsummer Comes

Spyralle Litha Water Offering bowl illustration

Spyralle Litha Water Offering

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Gandalf

I have not written in such a long time. My feet had paths to walk in the material world, and walk and walk.  And thankfully breathe, and be mindful at every breath of those who cannot. Yet, even in a year that still feels frozen in winter and surrounded by a high hedge of thorns, Midsummer comes.

She goes by many names – this holiday of growth and renewal – and Litha is one of her names. Offer your gift of clear water in this vine-supported basin from Spyralle, now available at a discount at June’s We Love Role Play. The event runs until about the 29th, but please check on site; I’ve been wrong before.

The magical pastel stars fall gently to the ground, peaceful to watch. There is included in the package a version with all white stars, because the pastel ones do not show up well against every background, and the script is no mod.  Feel free to float your own lilies or  candles in little boats. Or rubber duckies.

Be well, bring peace, and remember to breathe.

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Masks of Kuruk

Spyralle Raven Chieftain Mask - One of a Kind

Spyralle Raven Chieftain Mask – One of a Kind for Fantasy Faire’s Silent Auction

I was already a long time fan of Pacific Northwest Native American art, so when I laid eyes on the Spirit Valley of Kuruk, designed by Loki Eliot, I knew my home for Fantasy Faire 2020 was in exactly the right place.

The raven mask was an unmeshed idea I had decided I did not have time to finish for the Faire, but of course I had to, once I set foot in Kuruk.  Not even an emergency move to a new computer could stop me! The version above is  Spyralle’s donation to the Fantasy Faire silent auction.  It will go to one lucky bidder. Proceeds go to Relay for Life.

But there is also a Raven Mask from Spyralle that anyone can wear…

Spyralle Raven Mask

Spyralle Raven Mask – A Relay for Life donation

The masks are more “imagineered” than authentic. Certainly tradition does not include the fractals worked into the intricate surface decoration.

The Raven Mask can be found in Spyralle’s store in the Valley of Kuruk until Fantasy Faire closes May 10.  If you complete this year’s Quest, your trove of prizes will include another new original Spyralle Mask – the Spirit Owl.

Spyralle Owl Spirit Mask

Spyralle Owl Spirit Mask

Have fun questing!

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May Blossoms

Spyralle Apple Blossom Headpiece

Spyralle Apple Blossom Headpiece

Gently dropping apple or cherry blossoms, Spyralle’s new fantasy headpieces make spring come alive for your fae wardrobe.  Introduced at Ostara’s Altar in early April, our blossoms are now available at Fantasy Faire 2020. Particle blossoms toggle on or off with a touch.

Spyralle Cherry Blossom Headpiece

Spyralle Cherry Blossom Headpiece

Shown with tram’s H1028 hair, Lindsey skin from Lara Hurley, Genus strong W001 head and a personal shape. The dress is Sybil Desert from Spyralle.

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Song of the Sun, Song of the Moon

Spyralle Song of the Sun & Moon Set

Spyralle Song of the Sun & Moon Set

In the dreaming mind’s eye they stand against the changing horizon, chanting their songs. Night comes, and day again, and there they are. Sometimes the shapes come to life as if they were already there and needed only to be summoned from imagining…

Made for Fantasy Faire 2020, these latest characters in Spyralle’s parade of totemic figures await you in the Spirit Valley of Kuruk.  Out of the box, they top two meters in height, though we have some really large ones on display. Spyralle’s fantasy ceramic glazes take on a surreal glow with advanced lighting.

Spyralle Song of the Sun

Spyralle Song of the Sun

It is a joy for Spyralle to serve as region sponsor for the Kuruk. No place could have suited us better, especially this year.

Spyralle Song of the Moon

Spyralle Song of the Moon

The Songs are available singly or as a set. Our other new releases for the Faire will appear in future posts. Fantasy Faire will be open through May 10

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Happy March Hunting!

Spyralle 'North Carolina Clay' Garden Jars

Spyralle ‘North Carolina Clay’ Garden Jars

Oversize ceramic sculptures from Spyralle’s Haze Pottery salute the ceramic artists of North Carolina on the North America path of this year’s World Tour Hunt, presented by Kastle Events. The 3 linden hunt runs through April 21.

Spyralle Haze Pottery Washstand Set - MorningStar

Spyralle Haze Pottery Washstand Set – MorningStar

Haze Pottery shines again in this set created for the spring’s Twisted Hunt. Morningstar glaze showcases the gentle colors of spring. For the most fun and a little help, join the Twisted Hunt group in Second Life, but be sure to read the rules.

Spyralle Commemorative Magical Whirligig

Spyralle Commemorative Magical Whirligig

Dearest of all grid hunts, the Steam Hunt XV gives Spyralle an opportunity to create this tribute to our good friend Tailahr Winnikow. The gadget serves no purpose but whimsy and features Tai’s favorite color. We hope it would have made her smile! Begin your Steam Hunt at Mieville’s colorful Steam Expo. Visist Spyralle’s Expo shop while you’re there.

For information on all three hunts, visit Spyralle and click on the hunt signs. There is a special landing for the Twisted Hunt, near the giant dancing winged bicycle robot. The Twisted prize is within 30 meters of the Twisted landing.

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Duskhallow Town Clock at the Great Exhibition

Spyralle Duskhallow Town Clock

Spyralle Duskhallow Town Clock

The Great Exhibition in New Babbage will end its magnificent run next week. April First is the last day to visit the Crystal Palace and all the fabulous exhibits. This is a showcase of art and engineering in Second Life that you truly must not miss!

Spyralle has recreated the famous public clock of the doomed village of Duskhallow  expressly for the Exhibition.  Although intrepid explorers are able to bring remnants of Duskhallow into the outer world from time to time, if is likely the woeful story of the town’s fate will never be fully known…

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Bold Statement

Spyralle Dayana Jewelry

Spyralle Dayana Jewelry

Assembled from rough-hewn shapes of fused glass set in gold and connected by diamond embellished gold links, Dayana is jewelry everyone will notice.

Dayana is available two days only for half price at Spyralle. This exclusive release is part of the Redeux Express event for March 7-8.

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