Return of the Glass Gazebo

This is a rebuild in mesh of one of my favorite projects from a couple of years ago…

Spyralle Rose Gazebo v2

Spyralle Rose Gazebo v2

I kept setting this aside for other commitments, but I finally finished them in January. The Rose is one of three new colors. There is a Valentine version, which is available exclusively at Valentines in Vegas on Mieville Shelley – with a special price too.

Spyralle Valentine Gazebo Special Edition

Spyralle Valentine Gazebo Special Edition

The third new color is Opal.

Spyralle Opal Gazebo v2

Spyralle Opal Gazebo v2

The three colors of the prim version – Jade, Jewel and Pearl – are also out in the new version. Although these photographs were done with Full Bright turned on, the gazebos come with Full Bright off.  However, they are modifiable, so you can turn it back on, if you like. You can also shrink the gazebo down to Petites or Tinies size – which also reduces the land impact significant.y.

Like some of my other builds, I’ve used the classic bump map and shine on parts of these structures instead of materials. The way I create my fractal images, the “normal” map is often kind of “built in” to the fractal image and sometimes works better than a separate normal map.  It’s leaner on impact too. I usually make the normal and specular images, compare them to the classic inworld and then use whichever system works better for that particular mesh. The bonus of the classic mode is that people can see it without Advanced Lighting Module turned on – and a lot of SL residents still keep ALM off as a default – and, because these items are mod, you can turn the bump and shine on and off, if you have some object editing experience, without losing an attached normal or specular texture.

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Celebration!

Genre‘s theme this round is Celebration, celebrating the birthday of this cool theme event. This time designers were not required to follow the theme, but I like themes because they give me a creative focus and a platform upon which to stretch my skills.

Spyralle Star Paper Party Lanterns (mesh) - Set 1

Spyralle Star Paper Party Lanterns (mesh) – Set 1

For about as long as I’ve been creating in Second Life I’ve been making lights, lamps, lanterns. I keep coming back to it. Last year I put a lot of effort into recreating some of my prim lighting in mesh. This year I started with new forms from scratch – these three-dimensional geometric stars, inspired by the folded paper star lights I collect (too many of!) in the material world.

Spyralle Star Paper Party Lanterns (mesh) - Set 2

Spyralle Star Paper Party Lanterns (mesh) – Set 2

Set 1 contains single-fold forms, 6-pointed and 8-pointed. The lanterns in Set 2 have a reverse fold creating a star within a star, again, 6 and 8 pointed. Each lantern has a loop at the top, and each set comes with a separate mesh rope you can use to hang up your lanterns. You can link the lanterns and the rope and reduce your land impact.  I do try to limit scripts, so these don’t have on-off scripts. You can edit them and turn off the light feature if you don’t want them to cast light. Your viewer will only “see” six light source besides sun and moon, anyway. I made the ropes in the form of a catenary, which is technical name of the type of curve you get when suspend a cable from both ends. I had to research this when I was making lines of small banners for a project a while back. I used the idea again for last year’s Burn2 build. Because people have asked about the banners, I boxed three of the lines and offered them for 10 lindens at Genre as kind of a Genre birthday present.

Banner Lines from Spyralle

Banner Lines from Spyralle

The banners are really simple. Each one is just a single flexy prim. But they’re easy to put up and take down, very low impact. Why not be simple? For the lanterns, the challenge – believe it or not! – was to find and make enough fractal images with the right order of symmetry to work with the lantern forms. With thousands of images on file, you’d think I could just pick out 16 or so, no trouble. But, no. Something looks great as a square, you put it on a star, and suddenly everything you liked about it is missing. Subtracting from a pattern can change it drastically. It was problem solving time. I dusted off my masking skills and created star-shaped masking layers in Ultra Fractal so I could see what I was getting right away before rendering dozens and dozens of images and trying them out in-world.  I hoped to do five-pointed and 12-pointed stars too, but those will have to wait for the next celebration. The current round of Genre goes through February 11.

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A Leaf on the Wind: Thames Riverbend

A Leaf on the Wind, January 10 – 31, is a special fundraising event to assist Scarlet Chandrayaan, owner of Alouette in Second Life, who is struggling with cancer.  You can find more information here. The goal of A Leaf on the Wind is to help make Scarlet’s wish to visit London come true – thus the event theme: All Things London.

Spyralle Riverbend Necklace - Thames - Special edition for A Leaf on the Wind

Spyralle Riverbend Necklace – Thames – Special edition for A Leaf on the Wind

When the invitation to designers went out, I did not hesitate to sign on.  The river Thames winds through my happy memories of my one visit to London, so I made a set of jewelry inspired by the Thames. Just in case there’s any doubt, a bit of British identity is peeking through, like islands in the stream!

Spyralle Riverbend Earrings - Thames - Special edition for A Leaf on the Wind

Spyralle Riverbend Earrings – Thames – Special edition for A Leaf on the Wind

The Thames necklace and earrings are a 100% donation to Scarlet. They are offered at a special event price and will be retired after the event.

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Something like the icy rime of winter on the brittle sedge

A Tattered Page [*citation needed] second edition opened on January 7 in a dusty old library somewhere in the vicinity of our memories and dreams. The inspiration this time is Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, a strange and lovely book – a collection of related short stories – that has grown stranger and lovelier in the almost-60 years since its publication in book form.

Spyralle Tatters of Blue Rain, inspired by The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Spyralle Tatters of Blue Rain, inspired by The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Spyralle’s release for A Tattered Page is this costume inspired by a passage in the 1948 short story “The Off Season” which is about two thirds of the way through the book. Here is the full passage:

He did not turn. He felt a cold wind blowing. He was afraid to turn. He felt something in the seat behind him, something as frail as your breath on a cold morning, something as blue as hickory-wood smoke at twilight, something like old white lace, something like a snowfall, something like the icy rime of winter on the brittle sedge.

There was a sound as of a thin pane of glass broken – laughter. Then silence. He turned.

The young woman sat at the tiller bench quietly. Her wrists were thin as icicles, her eyes as clear as the moons and as large. Steady and white. The wind blew at her and, like an image on cold water, she rippled, silk standing out from her frail body in tatters of blue rain.

“Go back,” she said.

“The Off Season” relates one of the few direct encounters between the last surviving native Martians and the colonists from Earth, relentlessly stuck in the mid-twentieth century Midwestern America that is the home ground of Bradbury’s fiction.

The stories are set in the then-future of 1999-2026; “The Off Season” is set in 2005. Though later printings of The Martian Chronicles attempted to “re-futurize” this science fiction classic by moving the dates forward, they are indelibly tied to the time they were written by culture, style and viewpoint – which can make the modern reader feel almost as alien as the Martians.

Spyralle Tatters of Blue Rain Neckpiece, also available separately

Spyralle Tatters of Blue Rain Neckpiece, also available separately

Tatters of Blue Rain is a rigged mesh gown in five standard sizes, with a separate unrigged neckpiece/collar and optional flexible drapes in the back (shoulder attachment). The neckpiece is unisex and is also available by itself, so you can purchase it without buying the dress, of you have no use for dresses. The stand-alone neckpiece does not come with the drapes, but if you want them, please contact me to discuss. If this is a popular option, I will add them and send them buyers.

The fractals used for this project are a series I began working with late last year. Finding a good new formula in Ultra Fractal is a matter of exploration and discovery, much like finding a new planet or a great new book, and just about as exciting, in my view.  When I finally updated Ultra Fractal in October I set out on some voyages of exploration and stumbled on a real find, this lacy creature in the public domain formulas. I popped one of my own gradients on it and started playing with it and knew exactly which Martian Chronicle it belonged to.

Fractal image by Kerryth Tarantal

Fractal image by Kerryth Tarantal

Fortunately, the formula allows for plenty of customization, so I expect this is not the last you will see of this lace.

“Tatters of Blue Rain” is also at Spyralle’s main store during the event. I have not yet decided whether I will retire it completely when Martian Chronicles closes. (ATP no longer requires releases to be exclusive). It is not yet available in other colors.

“Tatters of Blue Rain” was photographed in Bryn Oh’s Mayfly windlight with pose from the Requiem set by {NanTra}. The hair is one of my favorites, Strider by Gauze. The eyes are Glowing Eyes from Fallen Gods. The skin is The Visitor from Curio, unfortunately no longer available.

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Genre: The Ancients

 

December’s round of Genre opened on December 15 and runs until January 11.  This month’s theme is “The Ancients.” Classic Greece and Rome are well represented, also ancient Egypt and other cultures.

Spyralle Atana Chiton - Silver

Spyralle Atana Chiton – Silver

Inspired by the chiton garment of ancient Greece, Spyralle offers Atana, a somewhat modernized take on this classic garment – a tube of cloth that was fastened at the shoulders and belted at the waist.

Spyralle Atana Chiton - Gold

Spyralle Atana Chiton – Gold

Fractals images being a distinctly modern phenomenon, I knew Spyralle’s Genre release would be more “inspired by” than a historic recreation. I used a repeating pattern that reminded me of “Greek key” border designs and the spirals that were popular in many cultures of the ancient world. (You’ll also find this pattern on the Sonoma bracelets at Spyralle!)

Spyralle Atana Chiton - Plum

Spyralle Atana Chiton – Plum

Although we tend to think of ancient clothing as being pristine white, it wasn’t. People have always loved to dye and embellish their clothing, and the Greeks were no exception. Those marble statues were painted when they were new!

Spyralle Atana Chiton - Blue

Spyralle Atana Chiton – Blue

The Atana dress also takes more than a little inspiration from the clothing of the Minoan civilization of ancient Crete. Minoan women’s costume was significant for being the first to be sewn to fit the body, also for bold use of color and pattern. Atana is the Minoan variant of the name Athena.

Spyralle Atana Chiton - Green

Spyralle Atana Chiton – Green

Atana is exclusive at Genre for the duration of the event at the special event price. Five colors are available; each comes in five standard sizes.

Hair: Evelyn from Truth
Skin: Jewel from Curio (no longer available)
Feet: Slink
Eyes: IKON Sunrise Eyes in Egyptian Blue

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A Merrye Gothmas

Gothmas by Gaslight is here again, that Solstice-tide event celebrating the dark side of the dark time of the year.  Gothmas is presented by Cursed Events, who always put on an incredible show, and the setting is lovely and atmospheric, begging to be photographed.

The theme of Gothmas is supposed to trend toward the dark Victorian, steampunk and related styles. This year I took my inspiration from the pre-Raphaelite movement in England in the 1800s.

 

Spyralle Christina Pre-Raphaelite Gown - Mourning

Spyralle Christina Pre-Raphaelite Gown – Mourning

The pre-Raphaelites rebelled against the formal academic ideas of art in the early 1800s and idealized the Middle Ages.  We might look back on them as being “anti-Steampunk”, but some of their work certainly had a gothic flavor.

Spyralle Christina Pre-Raphaelite Gown - Rage

Spyralle Christina Pre-Raphaelite Gown – Rage

The Christina gown is named for Christina Rosetti, an important figure in the pre-Raphaelite group.

Spyralle Christina Pre-Raphaelite Gown - Foresaken

Spyralle Christina Pre-Raphaelite Gown – Foresaken

Lavender was a color identified with mourning in Victorian times, worn at the stage called “half-mourning” when one moved out of blacks after an appropriate length of time. Perhaps we might consider “Forsaken” to be “half goth”…

Spyralle Christina Pre-Raphaelite Gown - Shadowed

Spyralle Christina Pre-Raphaelite Gown – Shadowed

Christina bears a fractal of a type I have rarely used for clothing, but it seemed exactly right for this project. It is based on one of the hundreds of formulas originated by Robert Carr. Some of the Carr formulas, including this one, produce the effect of two layered images, similar but not identical, misty and mysterious.

Spyralle Christina Pre-Raphaelite Gown - Melancholy

Spyralle Christina Pre-Raphaelite Gown – Melancholy

The skin worn in these pictures is one of the “Jewel” series from Curio, unfortunately no longer available. The hair is from Emo-tions.

 

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Daemon Lightning Strikes Again

Intrigued by the lightning project I did for A Tattered Page, I found myself extending the concept to new mesh. These were created for Horrorfestive, and unfortunately I didn’t get them blogged before the event ended, but they will be out at the main store. Horrorfestive was presented by the Guild of Gloom to benefit our own Munchflower Zaius, who is struggling with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and has had to close her  store, Nomine. Nomine was a personal favorite of mine from the my earliest days in SL, so I was glad to help out, and I will keep the donation vendors up as long as they let me.

Spyralle Daemon Lightning Collar - White

Spyralle Daemon Lightning Collar – White

Spyralle Daemon Lightning Collar - Red

Spyralle Daemon Lightning Collar – Red

Spyralle Daemon Lightning Collar - UltraViolet

Spyralle Daemon Lightning Collar – UltraViolet

The spikey collar comes with and without lightning, and the “with” comes scripted for flashing or always on. You get all three versions in the package. This should help keep your neck warm on these cold winter nights!

Credits for items used in these images can be found here: https://spyralle.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/hornet/

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