Eyes and Tentacles

The Watcher is watching...

The Watcher is watching…

I was traveling and did not get a post done for the Lovecraft Festival during the event, which is unfortunate because it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable events of the summer and one I totally enjoyed creating for.

The Watcher Beacon, our exclusive new release for LoveFest, was planned from the start as a companion piece to the Shore Beacon created for the Sea Faring round of Genre in July. Both are based on spirals formulated with the exact same math, one applied to the surface of the tower and this one forming the tower itself in the form of rusty tentacles. Instead of a civilized light, this beacon has a rotating Eye with a tentacle-tail, and instead of flashing on and off, this one … blinks! A rusty eyelid covers it briefly at random times – another bit of magic from Tai. The owner can change to any one of 9 eyes with the HUD provided.

Spyralle Watcher Beacon

Spyralle Watcher Beacon

We found ourselves slightly entranced by scary eyes, so we made a whole series of jewelry for a new gacha at the festival…

Spyralle Eye2Eye Jewelry Gacha

Spyralle Eye2Eye Jewelry Gacha

One set prize, the purple full set, is the ultrarare. The fiery orange eyes, separately, are the rares, and a few uncommons are mixed among the remaining pieces. Believe it or not, the spookiest one may be the more or less “normal” blue eye. It lends a surrealist air to the jewelry that is both 20th Century Dada and disturbingly Lovecraftian.

Both the beacon and the gacha will return to Spyralle in the near future, well in time for Halloween. We can’t promise the same for the two gifts we had at LoveFest.

Spyralle Deep Night Window Gift

Spyralle Deep Night Window Gift

Does it look into an underwater abyss or Deep Space? Spyralle’s Deep Night Window  wall decoration was our prize for the hunt in the underwater mystery adventure at LoveFest. I’m hanging one in my garden for October.

Spyralle Eye of the Watcher

Spyralle Eye of the Watcher

The little bauble shown above was our shop gift at LoveFest. Wear your Enlightenment. Such fun! It may reappear at Spyralle later.  Hair by Emo-tions. The goth skin, a gorgeous classic from Tuli, is long unavailable, as is the lace neckpiece from much-missed Pixel Dolls. The jacket is unreleased Spyralle.

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Genre: Morocco

Spyralle Trio of Moroccan Lamps

Spyralle Trio of Moroccan Lamps

Genre’s Moroccan round is open, and it’s loaded with sweet must-haves! Spyralle loves lamps and lighting, and Kerryth had a great time creating these filigree mesh lamps in three styles. They are 50% off for the event. You can get them individually or as a set for even bigger savings.

Spyralle Moroccan Lamps at Genre

Spyralle Moroccan Lamps at Genre

The two hanging lamps come with chains that can be detached.

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California Dreamin’ on a Summer’s Day

Spyralle Inez Skirt - Midnight Visit colorway

Spyralle Inez Skirt – Midnight Visit colorway

All things California, laid back, colorful and boho can be found this week, through August 20, at Mieville’s summer event California Dreamin’.  From San Francisco’s Victorian row houses and cable cars at the top of the hill to the retro amusement park down on the beach, it’s fun, fun, fun!

Spyralle takes this opportunity to introduce two new colorways for our mixed mesh Inez gypsy skirt, including this (by request!) deep purple version in the Midnight Visit palette from our Royal Batik collection. Royal Batik also fills the shop with color in our previous releases, the summer gypsy series from last season and our Royal Batik aloha wear collection for male and female avatars. These have seldom been available, so this is a good time to catch them.

Spyralle Inez Skirt Color #4

Spyralle Inez Skirt Color #4

Earthy new Color #4 is also at California Dreamin’, along with the original three colors of Inez. I’ve been running around wearing just the glitch pants for capris without the skirt applied to my Lara body – very summery! The tops are not included, but we are mindful of requests and have put them on the To Do list.

I never actually posted those original Inez colors, created earlier this year for SL Inspirations Esmeralda round, so here they are:

Spyralle Inez Skirt Color #1

Spyralle Inez Skirt Color #1

Spyralle Inez Skirt Color #2

Spyralle Inez Skirt Color #2

Spyralle Inez Skirt Color #3

Spyralle Inez Skirt Color #3

Spyralle and Tai'Dyed Pinwheel Rainbow at California Dreamin'

Spyralle and Tai’Dyed Pinwheel Rainbow at California Dreamin’

Spyralle teamed up with Tai’Dyed to bring you these fun pinwheels on a rail that change colors through the rainbow as they spin – a great decoration for your summer parties and only 50 linden.  There’s also a gift single pinwheel that not only changes colors and spins but shows the wind direction. The mandala banners are also for sale at the front of the shop, which you can find down at the beach just steps away from the carnival rides.

California Dreamin' at Mieville Shelley 2017

California Dreamin’ at Mieville Shelley 2017

 

 

 

 

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Rum, Ahoy!

Spyralle Bottles o' Rum

Spyralle Bottles o’ Rum

Here is Spyralle’s prize for the Skull-n-Bones Hunt! It’ll cost you a couple of lindens if you find it, and well worth it. Talk Like a Pirate day be comin’ up soon! Your chest of rum is cleverly hidden at Spyralle’s main store. Touch the hunt kiosk on the wall for information on all the participating designers.

Original mesh bottles carefully textured with transparency and specular shine make these a handsome addition to table or cabinet, on ship or shore.

And labels! This was fun! Our favorite is the Kraken Gold. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the grilled kraken down by the beach at California Dreamin’, Mieville’s summer event. Spyralle’s California Dreamin’ shop is conveniently nearby. Release the Kraken! Arrrr!

Grilled kraken at California Dreamin', Mieville Shelley

Grilled kraken at California Dreamin’, Mieville Shelley

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Summer and Betty

Spyralle Betty Bloomer in Red

Spyralle Betty Bloomer in Red

Spyralle Betty Bloomer suits are still out at the summer round of Inspiration SL, price reduced – and there is a gift from us!

This round’s inspiration is Betty Boop, cartoon icon of 80 years past. Betty Boop was a carefree 1920s flapper trying to carry on in the less carefree 1930s, until Hollywood brought in the Hayes Code and banned the suggestive humor of Betty’s heyday. Spyralle’s bloomer playsuits suggest the balance of innocence and naughtiness – at least these would have been a bit naughty in the 1920s! – that was so much a part of Betty Boop’s enduring charm.

Spyralle Betty Bloomer in Black

Spyralle Betty Bloomer in Black

For Spyralle, summer turned out to be a vacation of sorts from SL. Between travel, family events, a home remodel (still in progress) and some actual Vacation, I was not in world more than the absolute minimum. Luckily, Spyralle is becoming a team these days, and I’m most grateful to Tai for helping to hold it together. This store blog fell rather by the wayside, as it tends to do when time is scarce. There is some catching up to do!

Spyralle Betty Bloomer in Blue

Spyralle Betty Bloomer in Blue

The time away offered an opportunity to do some thinking about future direction for the store and the designer.  Spyralle has always been a labor of love, slipped in around the edges of a busy “real” life, and done for the joy of creating. But it was in danger of becoming merely labor in service of income that is, in my fortunate case, superfluous and far less valuable than my time.  Time is too precious to spend on things that bring stress and kill delight. Not everyone has the luxury of choice in these matters, but I do. So I chose to change some things.

Simplification, first. We dropped some events and turned down quite a few more. We’re going to stick with the ones that are fun and encourage real imagination and creativity – AND connect us to people we enjoy working with. If they do some good in the world, that’s a plus.

Product. I’m going to make what I have fun making. That means more projects that fall into what SL calls “Home and Garden” (not my choice of descriptions – and I Resist categorization whenever I can – but it’s a term that can be used without explanation), plus, I hope, small buildings. This shift has been happening for well over a year. You may have noticed the trend in our event exclusives and hunt prizes.

It truly came into focus at last year’s Burn2 event.  The most fun I had all year was making the bits of architecture for Da Vinci’s Toy Chest, my Burn2 build, and working with Tai’lahr to create the toys.  Our collaboration continues. I do mesh and textures; she makes magic with scripts. We have so many ideas! Some of them may be simple and silly, but they’re fun, and people seem to like them.

Spyralle is not abandoning wearables, but the balance is shifting away from clothes.  You’ll see fewer garments and more jewelry and headpieces and mesh accessories. Though less frequent, mesh clothes and system/applier clothes won’t go away. They’ll still feature our customary fractal-derived textures because our fans like us for that.  And because they’re different. And I like being different.  Cheers!

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I Shall Simply Grow a New Heart

Spyralle 'Grow A New Heart' Necklace - Amethyst

Spyralle ‘Grow A New Heart’ Necklace – Amethyst

From some relationships, gone bad, we launch ourselves anew. From the dark place of learning that someone we trusted was not worth the anguish poured out, we set our faces forward. The darkness becomes the cocoon from which we emerge: stronger, tougher, smarter.  It is not the seed from which we bloom – we provide that, ourselves – but it may be the compost, to put it politely, that speeds new growth. Which doesn’t mean it is easy.

Spyralle 'Grow A New Heart' Necklace - Emerald

Spyralle ‘Grow A New Heart’ Necklace – Emerald

The above puts in bold words what this piece seeks to say more subtly. The new heart, pure alabaster, grows quietly in a sheltering pod.

Spyralle 'Grow A New Heart' Neclace - Ruby, Sapphire, Onyx, Amber

Spyralle ‘Grow A New Heart’ Neclace – Ruby, Sapphire, Onyx, Amber

So take heart.

Spyralle’s ‘New Heart’ necklace is exclusive to Swank through June.

 

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Byzantium

Spyralle Mosaic Gazebo

Spyralle Mosaic Gazebo

The Silk Road Hunt, presented by Historical Hunts Ltd., is on for the month of June. This year’s theme is Byzantium, the city also known as Constantinople and Istanbul – the traditional western terminus of the fabled Silk Road.

Themed events and hunts always send us on a research quest (one of the reasons we like them), and this time it was architecture that caught our fancy. We created this gazebo with a dome supported by a structure called a ‘pendentive’ in each of the four corners. Pendentives are a common, characteristic feature of Byzantine architecture.

Basically, a pendentive is what you get when  you support a dome with another dome that is sliced off on the four sides to make the base square. It is one of the ways to create a round dome on a square base. The curved triangles left of the lower dome are the pendentives.

Enjoy this pendentive dome hunt prize from Spyralle until  the end of June!

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