Vikings!

Spyralle Viking Double Brooch in Silver

Spyralle Viking Double Brooch in Silver

Genre’s February Viking round is on and continuing through March 11. This is the first month of a slightly revised format for Genre. See the Genre blog for more information. One change is that the venue is going to be the same from month to month, which means you don’t need to grab a new landmark every round.

One of the delights of designing for Genre, at least for me, is the opportunity to do some research and put a lot of thought into creating something special for the theme. The challenge of the Viking theme was that these seafarers traded all over the known world and wore ornaments of cultures from Celtic territory to Byzantium and beyond. How do you pin down something that is more authentic to the “home” culture, when so much active cultural exchange was going on?

Spyralle Viking Double Brooch - Gold

Spyralle Viking Double Brooch – Gold

I chose to lean toward the Byzantine end of the style continuum, but this double brooch is a very distinctive Viking ornament, worn by women on the overdress, which was similar to the traditional Russian sarafan, layered over a simple tunic.  A modern interpretation of this piece might include polyclay beads, which you see on Spyralle’s recreation, along with malachite, jasper and other stones.

Genre is absolutely splendid this month, so pay a visit while you still can!

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Spring Leaf

Spyralle Spring Leaf Jewelry

Spyralle Spring Leaf Jewelry

Yet awhile ago I made a set of mesh jewelry with these enamel filled gold leaf elements, intending to create seasonal variations. But first there was an event with a  summer theme, and, time being at a premium then, only Summer Leaf was finished. Later, there was an Autumn “Pumpkin” version briefly available. Now there is Spring Leaf!

Spyralle Spring Leaf Necklace

Spyralle Spring Leaf Necklace

Spring Leaf is Spyralle’s exclusive for the March round of Buy Now! event, only on Marketplace.  The individual pieces are 25L off, and the set is 75L off during the event. Search for key word BN17-March to see all the event exclusives.

Spyralle Spring Leaf Bracelets

Spyralle Spring Leaf Bracelets

The necklace and bracelet have no clasp but work by rotating (carefully!) the sections on the hinge in the back to open or close the piece. The earring back is integral to the design, taking the form of a second leaf that clips on to the ear wire.

Spyralle Spring Leaf Earrings

Spyralle Spring Leaf Earrings

Will there be a winter edition? Will autumn return? That remains to be seen. For now, let’s enjoy spring!

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Heart 2 Heart

Spyralle Heart2Heart Jewelry

Spyralle Heart2Heart Jewelry

Spyralle’s first month in the SWANK event coincides with Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year. For the theme “Truly, Madly, Deeply” we created this series of jewelry pieces. Each one is a pair of hearts connected by a stem or vine – sometimes short and relatively bright and straightforward, as in the earrings – sometimes long and convoluted, as in the neckpiece.

Spyralle Heart2Heart Neckpiece

Spyralle Heart2Heart Neckpiece

The neckpiece is in two coiling pieces that fasten together cleverly with a clasp at the right side of the neck.

Spyralle Heart2Heart Bracelet

Spyralle Heart2Heart Bracelet

The bracelets come as a pair, right and left. Two sizes are included, but the objects are modifiable if you need to resize.

Spyralle Heart2Heart Earrings

Spyralle Heart2Heart Earrings

The earring back trails into a silver stalk leading to the second heart.

Heart2Heart is available exclusively at Swank by the piece or as a set. Choose copy or transfer. Prices are 25% to 30% off, with greater savings on the set.

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Kultivate Spring Fashion Event, Part III

Spyralle Rowen II in Ivory

Spyralle Rowen II in Ivory

Spyralle’s next exclusive for the Kultivate Spring Fashion Event is Rowen, a casual-to-dressy two piece outfit perfect for a patio evening in the California wine country. Rowen is aimed at being slightly more casual than Psyche and slightly warmer – those coastal nights cool off fast!

Spyralle Rowen I in Light Green

Spyralle Rowen I in Light Green

Rowen and Psyche are related by the large graphic design of an oversize, stylized peacock feather masking a fractal pattern – either a plasma or a brocade – on a solid background. The feather is also a fragment of a fractal image.

Spyralle Rowen I Gold and Mauve

Spyralle Rowen I Gold and Mauve

Spyralle Rowen II Lavender and Blue

Spyralle Rowen II Lavender and Blue

 

 

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Kultivate Spring Fashion Event, Part II

Spyralle Psyche I in Ivory

Spyralle Psyche I in Ivory

Inspired by ancient Mediterranean cultures, Psyche is a long, cool, soft, simple dress that can take you from a casual afternoon to an elegant evening. Psyche is another Spyralle exclusive for the Kultivate Spring Fashion Event.

Spyralle Psyche II in Blue

Spyralle Psyche II in Blue

Psyche comes in two versions, this dramatic, colorful brocade and the subtler pattern shown above. Each version is available in five colors at Kultivate.

The model is wearing the Lara body by Maitreya on a private custom shape. Please try the demo for fit; the sizes are standard plus two between standard. The hair is Gemma from +elua+. The skin is Luna from Glam Affair.

Spyralle Psyche II Gold & Purple

Spyralle Psyche II Gold & Purple

Spyralle Psyche I Ice & Lemon

Spyralle Psyche I Ice & Lemon

Spyralle Psyche I Rose & Mint

Spyralle Psyche I Rose & Mint

Spyralle Psyche II Ivory & Green

Spyralle Psyche II Ivory & Green

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Kultivate Spring Fashion Event

Spyralle Murray Hat with Mandala Brooch

Spyralle Murray Hat with Mandala Brooch

Spyralle is honored to be among the designers participating in the Kultivate Magazine Spring Fashion Event. Kultivate puts on great events several times a year, and the organizers are active supporters of diabetes research, a cause I care about very much.  This event is gathering donations for Feed A Smile, a charity that provides nutrition and other services to children in Kenya.

The hat above is a design I have had in the back of my mind for years since I made one very much like it in the material world. This show was a perfect opportunity to finally bring it to life – in bright clear colors of spring! The Murray Hat is our first featured exclusive at the Kultivate Spring Fashion Event. The hat is unisex and modifiable to fit.

Spyralle Mandala Brooch

Spyralle Mandala Brooch

Our second featured exclusive, the Mandala Brooch is also available on its own in case you want to wear it as a piece of jewelry. This is a “statement” piece! I wear it centered. It is unrigged to wear where you like. The version on the hat can be removed but I recommend that you NOT do this. The hat brooch is a different size and has been shaped around the curve of the upturned hat brim, so it is not really wearable alone.

The models and textures are original work by Kerryth Tarantal. The textures incorporate at least four original fractal images by Kerryth, one of which is a subtle plasma layered and filtered into the felt.

More Spyralle exclusives for the Kultivate Spring Fashion Event will be in the next post.

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Abyss

Spyralle Abyss Gown - Rage

Spyralle Abyss Gown – Rage

Lightning both fascinates and terrifies me. It is destructive and dangerous. It is beautiful. The original working title of this design was Lightning, named for the lightning patterns in these fractal images, a visual idea I return to about once a year, trying to create new effects with triangle inequality average and Gaussian integer layers on the very thready places of the Mandelbrot set. I wanted to create something both goth and glam; the lightning images were perfect.

Spyralle Abyss Gown - White-Black

Spyralle Abyss Gown – White-Black

I renamed the gowns Abyss because, as I explored different colors, some of the images began to look more like alien undersea creatures or plants. Also I wanted to use the orange and black version that looks like cracks in lava, based on an earlier image I called “Rage.”

Spyralle Abyss Gown - Ultraviolet

Spyralle Abyss Gown – Ultraviolet

The mood of the design became more subterranean and suboceanic than atmospheric.

Spyralle Abyss Gown - Chlorophyll

Spyralle Abyss Gown – Chlorophyll

It is probably no coincidence that I return to the lightning images in October. Abyss was created as an exclusive for Scare Me Silly, the Halloween fundraising event for the American Diabetes Association presented by Team Diabetes of Second Life.

Spyralle Abyss Gown - Neuron

Spyralle Abyss Gown – Neuron

I am happy to support Team Diabetes whenever I can. More than one member of my family is affected by this serious disease.

Spyralle Abyss Gown - Red-Black

Spyralle Abyss Gown – Red-Black

Abyss was released during my unintentional blog hiatus, but now is a good time to show you this glam goth gown, because Abyss has returned at last to Spyralle. I encourage you to try the demo, which includes all the colors. These photos really don’t do them justice.

Hair: “Take it Slow” from Exile
Skin: Dark Side Roza 01D from Glam Affair
Poses: Di’s Opera

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