Echo Lake

Spyralle Haze Pottery Wine Set - 'Echo Lake'

Spyralle Haze Pottery Wine Set – ‘Echo Lake’ – Peace by Peace Hunt 3

The set of carafe and four different coordinating wine goblets in the Haze Pottery series is Spyralle’s prize in the Peace by Peace Hunt 3, now in progress. Touch the poster at Spyralle’s entrance for information. Touch the puzzle piece on the poster for a hint.

The wine set is the second item in a new Haze Pottery color series, “Echo Lake”. The first was the container for our Spiral Bonsai.

It has been pointed out to me that there must be a frustrated would-be potter within my soul. It’s quite true that the pottery stalls are the ones that draw me first at craft fairs. Also true that my house contains rather many hand made bowls, mugs, plates, tiles, ceramic sculptures and other things made from fired clay. So it was probably inevitable that I would eventually take up this art, in some form. Mesh can be quite as malleable as clay and much less messy, not to mention taking up less space and equipment.

Last year I discovered something I found very exciting.  It is process that changes fractal images into something that looks just like pottery glaze – with color variations, speckles, streaks, all the serendipitous effects that emerge from the kiln. I had been making “pottery” in mesh for a while – small “palate cleansing” projects to clear my head between the bigger ones. I had even released a few, like this one (scroll down) for the 2017 Candy Cane Hunt,  this one for the 2018 World Tour Hunt, or the plate shown below, which was a prize in the hunt game at Mieville’s Haunted Santa Fe.

Spyralle Homage to Maria Pottery Plate with Stand

Spyralle Homage to Maria Pottery Plate with Stand

It was about that time that I made the breakthrough with the “soda fired pottery” fractals and started playing with the textures. A limited gacha release of the first four Haze Pottery colors – Ocean, Tidepool, Beach and Woodland – came along in November, 2018. It is now available again for a limited time (through 30 June) in the gacha pavilion at Twisted’s Jackson Square event, proceeds to Relay for Life.

Spyralle Craft Gallery 1 Haze Pottery KEY

Spyralle Craft Gallery 1 Haze Pottery KEY

The gacha items are transfer/no copy, so you will have to be patient if you are collecting a color or enough place settings, but they also go together beautifully as mix and match pieces on your relaxed summer table.

The next stage was the application of fractals outright without extra processing in the Holiday Tableware series in December.  All of the Candy Cane series were released as event gifts or hunt prizes, and that was kind of fun. So we’re doing it again, in a more scattered way this summer with the new ‘Echo Lake.’

Here is the third Echo Lake release, a mug and saucer set you can pick up for 5L in the event mini-hunt at Midsummer Enchantment.

Spyralle Haze Pottery Mug & Saucer - 'Echo Lake 1'

Spyralle Haze Pottery Mug & Saucer – ‘Echo Lake 1’

More Echo Lake will be released during the summer and probably into the fall – on no particular schedule. These pieces are not appropriate for every hunt, but I will try to cover all the existing models eventually and probably a few new ones.

It’s kind of strange. As simple as these projects are (though I fuss for hours over the glaze and getting everything to match), there is something deeply satisfying about making these pieces, quite different from the process of making wearables and larger rezzables. These virtual ceramics have, for me, something of the earthy wholeness and simple beauty of pottery in the physical world, plus a freedom in the texturing that is not often an option in other types of projects.

When I release more Echo Lake sets, I will add them to this post. I hope they lend color to your summer.


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To Yesterday and Beyond!

Emett Remembered - an exhibit for SL16B by Kerryth Tarantal

Emett Remembered – an exhibit for SL16B by Kerryth Tarantal

Every now and then I take the liberty of adding something to this blog that is more about my personal art than Spyralle – though of course they are closely linked.   Once again I was approved as an exhibitor at the SL Birthday celebration this year. The theme of SL16B is the 1950s, and I had some fun with it.

Yeah, there are diners and rocket ships and two tone convertibles and poodle skirts and ponytails and all that stuff. What, thought I, can I do with a 1950s theme that is not only cool but totally obscure?  And what is Spyralle about if not Being Different?

Emett Remembered 2

On my desk is a copy of an old book may parents had when I was a kid. It made a huge impression on me at the time, so I finally tracked down a copy online last year.  The book is Emett’s Domain, published in 1953, a collection of cartoons from Punch by Rowland Emett, a British cartoonist and inventor who became famous in the 1950s.  Emett was especially renowned for his fabulous, elaborate, whimsical kinetic sculptures, some of which appeared in the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968).

My SL16B exhibit is “Emett Remembered: Salute to Rowland Emett”.  The nonsensical machine, which I call “Her Majesty’s All Services Transport Machine,” is inspired by one of the illustrations from Emett’s Domain, with the caption “I should snap it up, gentlemen! There are two other Services interested . . . “ An inventor is showing off his invention to uniformed army officers on a cartoon airfield. It does everything, as you can see!

Emett Remembered 3

Since the “vehicle” in the drawing makes no sense from a physical world standpoint – which is the essence of it’s charm – translating some approximation of it into mesh was a considerable challenge with many compromises, some imposed by limited build time and the hope of keeping it reasonably low poly.

Emett Remembered 4

I was amazed and happy to find the 1952 cartoon posted in Punch’s archive – and absolutely surprised to see it in color.  In my memory, Emett’s work is firmly in the monochrome world of old family snapshots and the curvaceous vintage black and white TV that lived in the basement and still worked, though it only picked up four snowy channels. And had no remote.

Emett Remembered 5

Revisiting Emett’s cartoons in 2018 from the perspective of an adult with some education in history, I was struck by a very different perspective on the 1950s: the tall shadow of World War II lingering for many years beyond the war, especially in England, where hardship, shortages and rationing continued well past 1950. It wasn’t all candy flake, neon and rock ‘n’ roll.

So I chose to make my version of Emett’s drawing in monochrome – like the illustration in the book. Like black and white TV. Like an old photograph.

But  just because we see that era in monochrome doesn’t mean it really was. Even under the shadow there was a cheerful attitude of being in it together and making do – another theme in Emett’s cartoons. And the Birthday Celebration has only just started. Perhaps some colors will begin to emerge…

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Midsummer Fae Finery

Spyralle Spores Accessory Set - Sunrise

Spyralle Spores Collar and Tiara Set – Sunrise

Spyralle releases a new series of original wearable accessories for Midsummer’s Eve, inspired by, shall we say, one of the tropes of virtual world fantasy … glowing fungus! And why can’t it be festive? And decorative?

Spyralle Spores Set - Green

Spyralle Spores Set – Green

Our new fae finery can be found exclusively at the Midsummer Enchantment event, presented by Dark Passions. There’s an event hunt, too!

Spyralle Spores Set - Blue

Spyralle Spores Set – Blue

Because these are supposed to be glowing, we have provided two versions – Emissive for residents using Advanced Lighting and a full bright version for those who are unable to use ALM or choose not to in some environments. The particle spores are little stars, and they can be turned on and off with a touch.

Spyralle Spores Set - Rose

Spyralle Spores Set – Rose

Like most Spyralle fantasy wearables, our Spores collection is unisex and can be edit-resized.

Shown on the model: tram’s H0527 hair, IKON Sunrise Eyes in Egyptian Blue, LAQ’s Noelle head and Maitreya’s Lara body, both with a personal shape, and Valentine E’s Belinda dress in Plum (Fifty Linden Friday edition).

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Song of Memory II

Spyralle Celestrola Music Machine ad for Vintage Fair 2019

Spyralle Celestrola Music Machine – Vintage Fair 2019

My grandmother’s house still stands in a Colorado neighborhood that has seen it’s share of ups and downs.  I looked it up. The house in the aerial photo and street view is just barely recognizable. I hardly ever saw the front in our day; we always went in and out from the back. I see that the old garage is gone, and the apple tree is no more.

When I was a kid, I thought that house was a magical place. We lived with my grandmother for a few years when I was in elementary school, so I remember the place pretty well – a four story late Victorian pile with extra pantries and stairways and balconies – all kinds of places to hide in and explore.

Spyralle Celestrola Open

Spyralle Celestrola Open

I remember the exact spot where the old Victrola phonograph stood in the living room. It still worked. We kids weren’t allowed to touch it, of course, but now and then one of the grown-ups would indulge our curiosity by playing some of the old 78 rpm records that still lay on the shelves inside the cabinet. And we heard stories and saw photos of people dancing to the music during the 1930s and World War II.

Spyralle Celestrola Top Vew

Spyralle Celestrola Top Vew

I don’t know what happened to the old Victrola, and I kind of don’t want to know. It was handed down to some other branch of the family, and there have been some fires and other disasters. But I always remembered it with affection and thought it would be fun to have my own. So I made one.

Spyralle Celestrola Side View Open

Spyralle Celestrola Side View Open

The Celestrola (the name is kind of a riff on the Celeste radio from last year) is Spyralle’s new exclusive release for the 2019 Vintage Fair, now open.  The original mesh and textures with hand-painted detail are by Kerryth Tarantal; scripts are by Tailahr Winnikow. The lid and cabinet doors open and close at a touch. When the lid is open, you can touch the crank to wind the mechanism and play the record.  The volume of the music can be turned all the way down to mute, so you can play your own parcel music – if you don’t mind cranking the machine up between songs!

Spyralle Celestrola Front View

Spyralle Celestrola Front View

The size of the needle and weight of the player arm completely horrified the 33 rpm LP hi-fi stereo generation, but it was what it was, and, to me, it was beautiful. The music may have been scratchy, but it was the voice of another time. I thought it was wonderful, and I danced.

There are two fractals on the Celestrola. Can you spot the other one? Hint: you may need to visit the demo at Vintage Fair or Spyralle main store.

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Bernadette Outfit #2 Photo

Spyralle Bernadette #2 Top and Skirt

Summertime! Easy living is here in lightweight, comfortable Bernadette from Spyralle, exclusively at Twisted’s Jackson Square summer sales event, benefiting Relay for Life.

Spyralle Bernadette Outfit #3

Spyralle Bernadette #3 Top and Skirt – 100% RFL Donation during the event

It has been a long time since Spyralle did one of our trademark fractal outfits, and our fans tell us they have been missed! So we did these easy-wear top and skirt sets with lots of color and just a hint of tribal hand-weaving in the patterning. Showing off Mardi Gras colors, Bernadette #3 provides 100% proceeds to Relay for Life during the Jackson Square event.

Spyralle Bernadette #1 Top and Skirt

Bernadette #1 Top and Skirt

The citrus brightness of Bernadette #1 makes it my favorite at the moment.

Spyralle Bernadette #6 Top and Skirt

Spyralle Bernadette #6 Top and Skirt

Bernadette #6 is our second Relay for Life donation at Jackson Square. Take a close look at the subtle pattern on the top when you try on the demo.

Spyralle Bernadette #5 Top and Skirt

Spyralle Bernadette #5 Top and Skirt

Like the morning mist on the Bayou, Bernadette #5 offers a soft palette of colors from the river and beach, through the woods to the sky.  Sunset colors warm up for the evening with Bernadette #4.

Spyralle Bernadette #4 Top and Skirt

Spyralle Bernadette #4 Top and Skirt

Take the opportunity to stroll around Twisted’s New Orleans while you’re there. Stop for waffles at the diner, play the gachas in the Gacha Market. It’s all for a great cause!

Body – Lara by Maitreya; Head – Noelle by LAQ; Skin – Valentine by LAQ; Hair – Jieun by Monso; Eyes – Sunrise Egyptian Blue by IKON; Shape – personal

Edit: Someone asked if I was inspired by the song “Bernadette” by the Four Tops. Why, yes, indeed I was! It is an old favorite and ran on a continuous loop in my brain as I worked. Don’t know it? Go find it and listen! It is a masterpiece, and the Four Tops were the best of the best.

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Silk Road Ten & Lanterns in the Garden

Spyralle Glass Leaf Spiral Bonsai hunt prize picture

Spyralle Glass Leaf Spiral Bonsai

One of my oldest personal traditions in Second Life is participating in hunts, first as a hunter back in my earliest days, and, soon after that, as a prize-maker myself. I still work with a handful of hunt organizations that have become community over the years, and one of my favorites is Mieville’s Historical Hunts, Ltd., originator of the Steam Hunt, the Renaissance Hunt and the Silk Road Hunt – three that encourage creativity, fun and a little bit of research, if you want to get the most out of them.

Shown above is Spyralle’s prize for this year’s Silk Road Hunt, the tenth, or Silk Road X. (Long running hunts seem to go to Roman numerals after about year 8…).  Silk Road celebrates the flow of goods, ideas and culture along ancient trade routes. There is a different sub-theme every year – this year, Japan: “Shoguns and Samurai”. My Spiral Bonsai adapts the Spyralle Glass Garden themes to the very old Japanese art form of cultivating miniature trees. The planter is custom made from Spyralle’s Haze Pottery line. To get your prize from Spyralle, you must come to our store location and figure out the hint at the entrance. Good Luck!

The Silk Road Hunt starts in a Japanese garden scattered with merchant stalls. The garden is also the site of the latest Mieville event fun activity, the Lucky Lantern Game. You pick up a free HUD near the landing point and wear it while hunting lanterns that appear and disappear around the market.  Clicking lanterns gives you points you can spend on prizes. I made a prize for the game, too.

Spyralle Paper Lanterns prize in the Lucky Lantern game at Mieville's Asian Market

Spyralle Paper Lanterns

There are, of course, dozens of pre-made globe-shaped paper lanterns one can buy full perm, but I was not content with any of them, so I made my own new mesh, just for fun. These are not the lanterns you will be looking for in the game. See  the instructions that come with your HUD.

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Adieu to Park Place Home

Poster for Spyralle moving sale 2019

Spyralle Moving Sale May 17-31 2019

And Park Place has been a wonderful home!

After almost ten years’ operation at Park Place, Spyralle is consolidating to our main store region of Mauna Waipio, which opened in January of 2018.  Spyralle Park Place will close at the end of May. Until May 31 everything at Spyralle Park Place is on sale for 50% off. After that, most items at Park Place will move to Marketplace or be retired. Jewelry and hats will move to a new section of the main store.

This move was always part of the plan. I realized two years ago that Spyralle was changing direction, and the new main store at Mauna Waipio reflects that shift. Yet, older products remained popular, and it was hard to give up the home gallery with “swirly purple” art nouveau fractal walls and stained glass ceiling. People loved it, and they said so. I loved it. So, we stayed a lot longer than I expected.

But the time has come to take the next step. Keeping two such different venues current has been much too time consuming to allow doing justice to both. It makes more sense to pull everything together and focus on one place, embracing our evolutionary changes.

It is truly sad to leave the place that nurtured Spyralle’s growth for such a long time, almost since the beginning. Deanne Dufaux, owner of Park Place, has been the best of hosts and remains a dear friend. I will always be grateful for her support and comradeship.

Many thanks to all who have visited, shopped at, hunted at, gone afk at, been baffled by Spyralle Park Place over the years! We hope you stay with us on this adventure, as we finally move all the way over to our new home, our “mountain of curved waters” – Mauna Waipi’o.

To celebrate our changes, there is a gift for all visitors to Spyralle Park Place during the sale!  Commemorating Spyralle’s earliest phase as a gallery of fractal art called Kerryth Tarantal Studio, I have pulled out of my archive an unpublished fractal to create a piece of wall art, matted and framed for your home. Pick up your copy at Spyralle Park Place until May 31.

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