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.
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.
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.