Pottery Therapy

Spyralle Garden Jar #3

Spyralle Garden Jar #3

This is the first new thing I have made since the Big Change in my life. It started as an experiment to see if I actually could do anything following brain surgery. And I could!

Unfortunately, that was Brain Surgery #1. Brain Surgery #2 was a different story. But I persisted, you see, and I am on my way back.  The hardest and most interesting thing was learning Photoshop again — after 20 years experience. If you can’t think of the word for something, it becomes impossible to look it up. All the tutorials in the world won’t help you.  But one tiny clue opens the words Layer Effects and suddenly a whole missing piece is there!

Garden Jar #3 is can be found in the SOS Sugar Bowl hunt at the Spoonful of Sugar event, now open. Spyralle doesn’t have a booth at the event — sadly, we had to give ours up — but event organizer Ever Courtois made a space for it, so we can give this one thing to Doctors Without Borders!

Go and spend your money at Spoonful of Sugar. They need your contributions more than ever.



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Things Are Better!

Wow! I’ve made wonderful progress since surgery, but there’s a long way to go. I look like quite a pirate!

I just want to point out that there is an update page you can check on to find out how things are going on that side of things, if you want to know.

In the meantime, the regular update pages will be going back to new Spyralle, as it crankily starts back up again…

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Stop the presses….

This is essence of the note I send out to group and the people I’ve been working with, July 23 – 24, with update August 1.

Yesterday morning (July 23) I was diagnosed with gioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. I had hoped for better outcome, but this is what I have to deal with. I don’t know how long I have.

Writing and speaking are very difficult, so I may not be able to answer messages, though I will do my best as long as I can. This happened very fast. The main impact right now is that my ability to communicate is badly effected, and any kind of talking or writing is very difficult, including answering messages. I appreciate your good wishes, but may not be able to answer.

This information is not private, and I probably left a lot of people off my list, so you may pass it on if you wish.

As of today, I am dropping (July 24) out of all events and hunts I am signed up for.  I’m sorry, I because I have looked forward to all of them.

Spyralle and Mauno Waipio will remain open. I have made legal arrangement to pass my accounts, my business, my virtual estate and my intellectual property to my daughter when the time comes. What she will do them them is up to her, but the island and store will remain open for at least four to six months, while we prepare for that transition, whenever it comes – which may be many months yet.

She is a talented young lady who has worked me on a number of real life projects.  I have arranged trusted help for her in Second Life. Everything is in motion.

The last eleven years in running Spyralle – and the last three especially – have been experiences I would not trade any for anything. Even if our contacts were brief – maybe just an event – I enjoyed knowing you. I spoke up very little – I was a quiet little mouse – I was always there, listening, enjoying the jokes, keeping up with it all, and above all, being inspired by your work. And I want each of you know I have taken great joy in knowing you.

The customers – some of you have now been with me since the beginning – you were my reason for doing this!  You got it, what I was doing.  And it wasn’t clear if I was trendy or whatever either.  There was time I used to care; I gave that up three years ago.  Spyralle always from “other”.  I’ve gone back to my art house studio roots.  I don’t have time for any thing else.

I had a good outcome from surgery. I have more treatments. I am learning to compensate for the speech deficits. It will be slow. All the whole side of my “designing” brain is still good and right in there.  We have a lot of months to laugh and be amused that this crazy world. And I intend to.

Thank you for everything.

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Living Stepping Stones

Living Stepping Stones from Spyralle

Living Stepping Stones from Spyralle

Looking just as magical under the sea as in your woodland garden are these new bioluminescent stepping stones from Spyralle!  These are our exclusive at Midsummer Enchantment.

Spyralle Living Stepping Stone #819

Spyralle Living Stepping Stone #819

They come in five colors, and each one comes with three types, as you see here. You can join them to lower the land impact.

Spyralle Living Stepping Stone #807

Spyralle Living Stepping Stone #807

The fungi are Spyralle’s original fractals. That names provide an a identification for each “species.”

Spyralle Living Stepping Stone #815

Spyralle Living Stepping Stone #815

Spyralle Living Stepping Stone #804

Spyralle Living Stepping Stone #804

Spyralle Living Stepping Stone #833

Spyralle Living Stepping Stone #833

You may to bury the under the ground a little bit, though they don’t look too bad climbing up the wall….

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Pinnacles II: Classical

Spyralle Pinnacles II Monument

Spyralle Pinnacles II Monument

People take pictures in Second Life for any number of reasons, in as many style as there are photographers. My own photography is driven by a need for images of my own projects with plenty of negative space for text.  (Also, I simply like negative space in a compositions – could come from a now terribly retro interest in 20th century art, but that’s a whole other topic…)

Plain blank backgrounds and textures backdrops get a bit boring sometimes, so I like to take picture against the sky of Second Life – and what a magnificent sight it is, these days, with the new Environmental Enhancement Project!

Spyralle Pinnacle II Column

Spyralle Pinnacle II Column

Taking photos against the sky is not as simple as it seems.  If you go up high enough to get the things on the ground out of the way, there’s the horizon line and often some atmospheric effects near the horizon you wish you could just cut out. That is why I’ve been making the Pinnacles!  Each one comes with a “Skybowl” cloud deck mesh you can position to mask thing down toward the horizon.

The news set of Spyralle’s Pinnacles has just been released for La Vie En Pose event, their Anniversary round! La Vie En Pose is the event with Everything for photography! Do check it out this month. There are gifts from every booth, if you belong to the group.

Spyralle Pinnacles II Colonnade

Spyralle Pinnacles II Colonnade

The Pinnacles are available individually as well as the full set of three. They are very simple and unadorned for you to decorate and light as you wish. The package includes the AO textures so you can even make your own textures.  The physics are quite solid.  No poses are included — we assume most photographers are well supplied.

Spyralle’s first set of Pinnacles appeared at La Vie on Pose about a year ago — and I just discovered I never posted about them! They have been available at a few events and  are now at Spyralle on the Annex level. If you like this kind of simple photography platform, take a look! These images give a much better idea of the Skybowl in use.

Spyralle Pinnacles I Photo Platform - Overlook

Spyralle Pinnacles I Photo Platform – Overlook

Spyralle Pinnacles I Photo Platform - Single

Spyralle Pinnacles I Photo Platform – Single

Spyralle Pinnacles I Photo Platform - Triple

Spyralle Pinnacles I Photo Platform – Triple

The tigers are not included! They’re from Jian. Other credits are as follows, as well as I can reconstruct them… In the second photo, Spyralle’s Starseeker costume, all ready for Bakes on Mesh and way more PG that it looks. In the third image, Pixicat’s divine Aerial top, my go-to Wilma jeans from JustBECAUSE, and tram’s H0527 hair. In the Pinnacles I photos, a mash up of skin, tattoos and bits and bobs – all from Fallen Gods – and Spyralle’s Ice Blade Crest Implant for the skull. 

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Masque of Summer

Spyralle Masque of Summer - All Color Set

Spyralle Masque of Summer – All Color Set

Now at We ❤ Role Play for July, Spyralle’s new piece of face jewelry comes in six colors for summer. A seventh color is exclusive to the full color pack, which also lets you mix and match the gems and change the metal colors.

Spyralle Masque of Summer - Rainbow

Spyralle Masque of Summer – Rainbow

Spyralle Masque of Summer - Twilight

Spyralle Masque of Summer – Twilight

The Masques are 30% off for the duration of the events and are resizable.

Spyralle Masque of Summer - Meadow

Spyralle Masque of Summer – Meadow

Spyralle Masque of Summer - Peonie

Spyralle Masque of Summer – Peonie

The dimensional fractals are a bit of texture magic!  Mesh and textures are all original work from Kerryth Tarantal.

Spyralle Masque of Summer - Mist

Spyralle Masque of Summer – Mist

Spyralle Masque of Summer - Maple

Spyralle Masque of Summer – Maple

The single color masques come with one gem color.  Here is the seventh color, exclusive to the full pack:

Spyralle Masque of Summer - Wildflower

Spyralle Masque of Summer – Wildflower

It’s unrigged so you can move it. I’ve seen it worn as a tiara – gorgeous!

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Happy 17th Birthday, Second Life!

Spyralle's SL17B Beetle - a birthday gift!

Spyralle’s SL17B Beetle – a birthday gift

Among the many joyful birthday presents on the Boardwalk at Second Life’s 17th Birthday event, you’ll find this free gift from Spyralle and Kerryth Tarantal! There’s one to wear and one to rez, and if you need a place to display your growing insect collection, take a look back through our posts for some interesting shelves and cabinets.

In yesterday’s Meet the Lindens interview, Ebbe Linden, CEO of Linden Laboratory, which owns Second Life, countered the criticism and dismissal of the platform as “old.” “Windows is old,” he reminded the audience. Billions of people still use it. Second Life, he said, is “mature.” A true and just observation, I agree. Platforms, games, online activities do not endure this long unless they have something going for them. And Second Life seems to have more going for it than ever. SL’s greatest strength, in my opinion, is the opportunity for all participants to create according to their own imaginations, tools and levels of skill. We residents build it, every day!

My first SL Birthday was the 5th, and I remember it well.  Since then I’ve attended them all and exhibited in quite a few.  This year, Spyralle is one of the 200 stores in the SL17B shopping event. We have several new things for you, never before released, all with special discounts. And another gift…

Spyralle De Stijl Earrings #1

Spyralle De Stijl Earrings #1 – Gift for SL17B

The earrings, named after one of the prominent movements in 20th Century art and inspired by the work of its most famous member, Piet Mondrian, are a companion piece to Spyralle’s De Stijl Necklace, originally released in 2018.  The jewelry features enameled panels set in graphite frames hinged with silver pins. A color change HUD is included.  The original release was accompanied by single color earrings as an event gift. This is the first time the color change version has been available – now a gift at Spyralle’s SL17B store. The necklace is also among the items in the store at SL17B.

Spyralle Song of the Storm, ceramic garden figure

Spyralle Song of the Storm, ceramic garden figure

Spyralle’s major release for SL17B is a new pair of tall ceramic figures in the “Song”  series first seen at Fantasy Faire 2020.  The original sculptures feature processed fractals by Kerryth Tarantal.

Spyralle Song of the Rainbow

Spyralle Song of the Rainbow

Song of the Storm and Song of the Rainbow are available singly or as a discounted set at the shopping event, along with their older sisters, Song of the Moon and Song of the Sun. The Songs are part of a larger themed collection — Totem, Icons and Archetypes — some of which is on display at Spyralle’s home location.

Spyralle Buttercup Headpiece

Spyralle Buttercup Headpiece

SL17B also marks the debut of another new original from Spyralle – Buttercup! Our floral headpiece drops a gentle rain of matching blossoms behind the wearer. All four of the blossom head pieces released so far are at the event, including Blue Flax, which was previously out only for one weekend in May.

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Return to the Silk Road

Spyralle Silk Road Rest Stop Version for Silk Road Hunt

Spyralle Silk Road Rest Stop – Release Version

The annual Silk Road Hunt is running this month, presented by Historical Hunts, Ltd. Above is a picture of Spyralle’s prize, the Silk Road Rest Stop. This build has a bit of history.

In 2014 (long ago, in SL years) I was honored to be one of the artists given a juried art camp in the October Burn2 Celebration. The theme that year was Caravanserai. My build was called The Silk Road Rest Stop. You can see pictures here on my personal art Flickr,

The original build was enormous, and it was mostly prims. That was an era when a significant number of SL residents still did not use mesh capable viewers, and creators had some rather haphazard knowledge of optimizing mesh, so the Burn2 festival organizers encouraged and welcomed prim builds. They still do, consistent with the Ten Principles of Burning Man, which include Radical Inclusion, Radical Self-reliance, Radical Self-expression, and Participation. EVERYBODY can build with prims, and it’s a jolly good skill to have!

The 2014 Silk Road Rest Stop hosted a daily chapter in a musical journey mapped by Ktahdn Vesuvino with music from cultures and locations all along the traditional Silk Road. Those were lovely gatherings, some of my happiest memories in SL.

After the festival, I rebuilt the Rest Stop on my home region, where it saw many more gatherings of friends and music lovers for over three years, before the birth of Spyralle’s present region, Mauna Waipi’o. Now, a scaled down version of the build stands on the southwest corner of Mauna Waipi’o. The site is usually private, but at least once a year it is open to the public for visiting, meditation, music listening, and relaxation.

The Silk Road Rest Stop will be open for the duration of the Silk Road Hunt XI, June 1-30. You are invited to visit. To get there, proceed west (straight ahead) from the main entrance of Spyralle and stay on the lower level. The best time to visit is sunset. 🙂

The Silk Road Hunt version of the Rest Stop has been planned for years. It is mesh, except for the base (explained in the included instructions). It is scaled way down because few people have the kind of space the original demands, or even the trimmed-down version still standing.  This one is a more realistic size for humans, dinkies and tinies, I hope.

Spyralle Silk Road Banners

Spyralle Silk Road Banners

The Silk Road Rest Stop has it’s fans and friends, but the one thing I have made over the years that has been most requested for public release is the set of flexy prim banners I made for the original. So, I finally did it!

The Silk Road Banners are out exclusively at the Asian Market in Mieville, the starting point for the Silk Road Hunt. The banners are scaled down to the same size as the banners on the hunt prize version.  They feature bright fractal images from my Owl Moon series.

Happy hunting!

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Very Vintage

Vintage style photo of Spyralle's new Victorian Museum Display Cabinet

Spyralle Victorian Museum Cabinet Upright Mahogany Upright

You know you’re getting old when you stroll around the annual Vintage Fair and find yourself constantly exclaiming, “Wait! THAT’s not vintage!” – and then you realize, for a lot of people, that IS vintage.

For Vintage Fair 2020, I went all the way back to the Victorian era, which is vintage even for me, and made this museum display cabinet inspired by a visit last year to the Milwaukee Public Museum. Milwaukee’s natural history museum is a vast and delightful experience, made even more charming by their inclusion and maintenance of vintage exhibits that say a lot about the history of museums and the attitudes of the eras when displays were made. There is a dinosaur room with sound and light effects that is quite a treat for kids of a certain vintage! It has seen better days, but I hope they don’t phase it out.

One of the most fascinating parts, to me, was the Victorian era display. In those days, a museum of natural history showed the exotic, the curious, the beautiful – with no context and very little comment. Objects were often grouped in cabinets with no particular system. Perhaps they came from the same world-traveling donor, or represented the same type of thing (e.g. birds), or they simply looked impressive together. They still do.

Even the display furniture is interesting, though a bit massive and overwhelming in the eyes of the present era. My version is simplified down quite a lot for the sake of land impact and scaled more realistically for your virtual home, I hope.

I also hope Victorian furniture comes back into fashion by the time I’m ready to offload  my real life collection…

Vintage Fair runs through June 22. Spyralle’s vintage is located here.

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Midsummer Comes

Spyralle Litha Water Offering bowl illustration

Spyralle Litha Water Offering

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Gandalf

I have not written in such a long time. My feet had paths to walk in the material world, and walk and walk.  And thankfully breathe, and be mindful at every breath of those who cannot. Yet, even in a year that still feels frozen in winter and surrounded by a high hedge of thorns, Midsummer comes.

She goes by many names – this holiday of growth and renewal – and Litha is one of her names. Offer your gift of clear water in this vine-supported basin from Spyralle, now available at a discount at June’s We Love Role Play. The event runs until about the 29th, but please check on site; I’ve been wrong before.

The magical pastel stars fall gently to the ground, peaceful to watch. There is included in the package a version with all white stars, because the pastel ones do not show up well against every background, and the script is no mod.  Feel free to float your own lilies or  candles in little boats. Or rubber duckies.

Be well, bring peace, and remember to breathe.

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