Stars in Her Hair, Stars in Her Eyes, David Bowie Memories

Spyralle Starry Crown

Spyralle Starry Crown

Webster’s defines ‘bibelot’ as ‘a small household decorative object’ and a ‘trinket.’ There the slightest shade of amusement, when one speaks of something as a bibelot, a touch of frivolity, and undercurrent of fun.

I adore creating bibelots, and if bibelots can be wearable, this crown is a bibelot. It’s for fun, but it’s more than that. It is for fantasy, roleplay, clubwear, what-have-you — if you want to sparkle, twinkle, bubble over with giggles.

The Starry Crown is Spyralle’s entry in this round of Fantasy Cream, where you can go and shop, vote for your favorite exclusive to have a chance at a big prize, and go on a hunt.

There’s no coincidence if the Starry Crown puts you in mind of another recent Spyralle creation.

Spyralle 'At the Centre of It All' Headpiece

Spyralle ‘At the Centre of It All’ Headpiece

June’s round of Inspiration SL celebrated the life and art of David Bowie. (How we miss him!) As I reflected on Bowie’s life and career, I could not help noticing the recurring theme of Stars. From Ziggy Stardust to Blackstar, they were there — light and dark, metaphors for his music and career.

My salute to Bowie was this mask/headpiece with two identities. It starts in black, honoring his final work, but a touch sends it back to the stardust of earlier days of his career, shining and sparkling.

The title? There is a line in “Blackstar” — “At the centre of it all…your eyes.” The mask draws the focus in to the eyes of the wearer. Your eyes.

I made a black fractal version of the famous lightning face paint for the photo and then thought it would be fun to place that out at the Inspiration event also.

Spyralle 'At the Centre of It All' Headpiece

Spyralle ‘At the Centre of It All’ Tattoo/makeup

All three of these original creations will return to Spyralle’s main store in the near future. We are preparing for a move to our own sim, so please be patient.

Eyes by IKON
Skins by Glam Affair (system skins, which they seem to have given up making, alas…)
Hair in Photo #1: ‘Scribbled Hearts’ by Exile
Hair in Photos #2 and #3: ‘Strider’ by Gauze
Dress in Photo #1: Rajna in green from Spyralle
Tank top: Spyralle (unreleased)

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Rajna at MFF6

Spyralle's Rajna Dress

Spyralle’s Rajna Dress

Rajna is Spyralle’s new exclusive at the Medieval and Fantasy Faire, ending this weekend. I’m crazy about this dress. It is a laced leather jacket worn over a wildly patterned silk gown, right out of the imaginary land of so many Spyralle creations I have created over the last several years. There are six colors out for Rajna.

Spyralle Rajna Green

Spyralle Rajna Green

I was lucky to get this done and into the event because the whole process was attended by horrible luck.

On July 12 we started having a lot of interruptions to our internet connection, plus a number of brief power outages. There had been a severe thunderstorm with tornados on the 11th, and, though we escaped damage except for a lot of tree limbs down, we figured that the outages were probably a consequence of storm damage elsewhere.

Spyralle Rajna Blue

Spyralle Rajna Blue

Days went on, and the internet connection continued to come and go erratically and unpredictably. We might have ten minutes or an hour online and then an hour off, or two, or ten. Unfortunately, this fell right at the time I was preparing for four events, including the Medieval and Fantasy Fair

Spyralle Rajna Brown

Spyralle Rajna Brown

In fact, I was booted offline in the middle of setting up for it, leaving prims scattered in my booth that had to be returned to me. That one proved to be the longest outage, nearly two days, I think, and by the time I was able to log in again, the event had opened and I could no longer rezz objects. I could not even get photos done until then, which delayed things even more.

Spyralle Rajna Teal

Spyralle Rajna Teal

Fortunately, I had stashed some empty vendors, so I was able to get Rajna up in the booth. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to add my hunt gift because I would have had to ask for rezzing to be turned on for it, and I had to move on to the other commitments delayed by the outage. I’ll have to put that in another hunt soon.

Spyralle Rajna Violet

Spyralle Rajna Violet

Right at the same time all this was going on, I was offered a very good deal on buying a region of my own – Spyralle’s future home! Spyralle will not be ready to move for at least a few weeks, but I did have to scramble to vacate my previous home region where I’ve lived and worked for years. I’m sorry to leave Park Place, but Spyralle has outgrown the purple place. I’m very excited about building a new store!

Spyralle Rajna Red

Spyralle Rajna Red

The top picture was taken on one of the Fallen Gods sims. The hair shown is from Exile. The skin is from Glam Affair.

 

 

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Over The Top

Spyralle presents Over the Top July 22 - Aug 7

Spyralle presents Over the Top July 22 – Aug 7

A “just for fun” suggestion from a friend led to this special showing of many hats and headpiece designs from Spyralle, some of which have never had space in the main store until now. See our creations for Art in Hats and the 2016 Vintage Fair, as well as historical hats and fantasy headpieces from numerous events and fairs (and not one single pointy circular tiara in the bunch!).

The show is by no means comprehensive – we had to leave out quite a few designs for lack of room and prims. But not all items are retrospective. Check out the new colors of some models, including whimsical Jeu d’Esprit, shown in the photo above.

Outfit: Sn@tch, assembled from my massive collection of her awesomeness
Hair: Looking by Elikatera
Skin: Not recorded but probably Glam Affair Sia

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Honu

Spyralle Honu (Sea Turtle) Jewelry Set - Bone+Paua Shell

Spyralle Honu (Sea Turtle) Jewelry Set – Bone+Paua Shell

Polynesia is Genre’s theme this month, and they could not have picked one more dear to my heart. The big problem was choosing just ONE idea to make for the event, out of a long list. I knew it wouldn’t be “aloha wear” because I had just done that with the Royal Batik series.

I once lived in Hawai’i and have great love for the islands, and New Zealand is also one of my favorite places on earth, so I kept wavering back and forth between the two artistic traditions. Though some definitions of Polynesia do not include New Zealand, you can’t spend time in both of them without knowing how strong the linguistic and cultural links are between the Hawai’ians and the Maori. The one thing I was sure of was that I wanted to honor the traditional culture of whichever set of islands I chose – honor them without outright imitating them. And I wanted to also honor the natural beauty of these places.

So I looked for connections and commonality. Both cultures produce amazing carvings, including carved jewelry, and both cultures have art depicting the sea turtle. I have long had an affection for turtles, having one (not a sea turtle) in my life for over 20 years. In Hawai’i, the turtle is called Honu. I had my theme!

Spyralle Honu (Sea Turtle) Jewelry Set - Koa+Mother-of-Pearl

Spyralle Honu (Sea Turtle) Jewelry Set – Koa Wood and Mother-of-Pearl

My Honu is more of an abstraction of the actual physical body of the sea turtle than take on traditional carvings. I realized I could cover both island groups with the choice of materials. Maori carved jewelry often uses bone and native paua shell. Hawai’ian carved jewelry is more likely to be wood, and koa is native to the islands.  The third honu in black coral is kind of a salute to some very special long time friends, with fractal enamel, because, well, you know I do fractals.

Spyralle Honu (Sea Turtle) Jewelry Set - Black Coral+enamel

Spyralle Honu (Sea Turtle) Jewelry Set – Black Coral and enamel

This particular fractal is a variation from the series that includes the Owl Moon images. I’ll never stop tinkering with them. Other fractals play much subtler roles in the other textures, some plasmas and a thready Mandelbrot filament. Good luck spotting them!

Genre: Polynesia runs through August 11.

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L’Incroyable

Spyralle l'Incroyable

Spyralle l’Incroyable

Genre: The New Republics ends tomorrow, alas, and here I am again, blogging at the very last minute. (Group members and subscribers in-world got the word in good time, however!)  The theme is inspired by the era of the American and French Revolutions. Spyralle’s entry is this unisex hat, the bombastic sort of chapeau typically worn by those dandies of the era known as Les Incroyables because their style was the extreme of fashion. It would not have been unusual for both men and women to wear this hat, though it would have raised eyebrows, either way.

L’Incroyable was a complete remeshing of an earlier design made for Art in Hats last year, this time with a tall crown (hidden by the brim in this picture) and a less curly brim, plus the tricolor cockade ornamenting the front.

After Genre closes, look for L’Incroyable in Spyralle’s ‘Over the Top’ in-store hat and headpiece event.

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Royal Batik

Spyralle Royal Batik Collection - Lava Flow Summer Gypsy

Spyralle Royal Batik Collection – Lava Flow Summer Gypsy

Royal Batik is a collection of textures I’ve been working on for almost the past year, intended for Infinitum Textures. But I found the perfect projects for these for Spyralle – delightful summer clothes with a 1970s vintage vibe in luscious patterns for you to wear.

Spyralle Royal Batik Gypsy Skirt - Lava Flow

Spyralle Royal Batik Gypsy Skirt – Lava Flow

Spyralle Royal Batik Peasant Blouse - Lava Flow

Spyralle Royal Batik Peasant Blouse – Lava Flow

For Twisted Summer of Love, I created a flowing draped skirt with a sheer hip scarf and a peasant blouse (sold separately) in five coordinating colors. Use the HUD to chose your color. Four patterns were released at TSL – Lava Flow, Morning Dance, Evening Mist and Dawn Sea – you can see them on our Flickr stream – plus a special red, white and blue version as a main store special for Independence Day weekend.

Spyralle Royal Batik Collection - Red White & Blue

Spyralle Royal Batik Collection – Red White & Blue

Spyralle Royal Batik Peasant Blouse - Red White Blue

Spyralle Royal Batik Peasant Blouse – Red White Blue

The Royal Batik Collection (except the Red White and Blue) can be found this month at Mieville’s Route 66 Celebration, opening July 23, also at Spyralle as soon as we can make room.

Royal Batik also comes to you in new Aloha wear from Spyralle – coordinating shirts for guys and island casual dresses for ladies.

Spyralle Royal Batik Aloha Shirt - Morning Dance

Spyralle Royal Batik Aloha Shirt – Morning Dance

Spyralle Royal Batik Mu'uMu'u - Morning Dance

Spyralle Royal Batik Mu’uMu’u – Morning Dance

Spyralle Royal Batik Aloha Shirt - Evening Mist

Spyralle Royal Batik Aloha Shirt – Evening Mist

Spyralle Royal Batik Mu'uMu'u - Evening Mist

Spyralle Royal Batik Mu’uMu’u – Evening Mist

Spyralle Royal Batik Aloha Shirt - Dawn Sea

Spyralle Royal Batik Aloha Shirt – Dawn Sea

Spyralle Royal Batik Mu'umu'u - Dawn Sea

Spyralle Royal Batik Mu’umu’u – Dawn Sea

Spyralle Royal Batik Aloha Shirt - Palm Grove

Spyralle Royal Batik Aloha Shirt – Palm Grove

Spyralle Royal Batik Mu'uMu'u - Palm Grove

Spyralle Royal Batik Mu’uMu’u – Palm Grove

The outfits were also made in the Lava Flow pattern. The whole collection will be available at Route 66 and at the main store.

 

 

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In Xanadu

Spyralle Pavilion Lantern for Xanadu

Spyralle Pavilion Lantern for Xanadu

Silk Road Hunt VII ran from June 1 – 30, and it was splendid! Historical Hunts Ltd. does a bang up job of running three great themed hunts every year, with an eclectic mix of creators you are unlikely to find in any other hunt all together and a bundle of imaginative and beautiful prizes. Steam Hunt runs in the spring, Renaissance Hunt in the fall, and Silk Road in the summer.

This year Silk Road adopted the theme of Xanadu, the court of Kublai Khan as envisioned in the famous poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, so most of the prizes were Chinese in inspiration. I created a lantern in mesh, one of the most ambitious models I’ve done to date, with a lot of detailed carving.

As a maker of jewelry and wearables, I have been somewhat conservative in use of specular and normal maps.  I would rather not add to avatar rendering cost unnecessarily, and when it’s a tiny thing that can only be seen in detail up close, does it really need three times as many textures?

But it’s different for an item of furniture. I went all out on this lantern. The carved wooden frame is fully modeled around the edges, but the surface carvings and metal inset relief are all normal mapping. The lamp is meant to stand on the floor, but you could also hang it up. It’s 3 LI as rezzed, but it’s very large – the size of a small table. (It was designed for the Khan’s Pleasure Dome, after all!) You can scale it down for lower land impact.

Pavilion Lantern detail

Pavilion Lantern detail

The hunt is over, but a version of the lamp will be for sale at Spyralle in the near future.

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