Gifting Season

Spyralle Waverider II Shell

Spyralle Waverider II Shell

This past holiday season, Spyralle Studio members were treated to 24 days of gifts from the first Advent Calendar we’ve done in five or six years.  The gifts served both as thanks to our loyal members and as a motivator to get classic Spyralle outfits updated with Omega mesh body appliers. The updates will be available to the public soon.

But there were also a few new designs and special editions in the series that are exclusive to the group, at least for now. Waverider Shell is one, in white, palest beige and palest pink. Waverider is actually PG, believe it or not.

Spyralle Waverider II Crown in Shell

Spyralle Waverider II Crown in Shell

Because many members were away at various times during the Advent season, the exclusives are available again for a short time to group members. Instructions are in group notices.

Spyralle Thornweaver Angelis

Spyralle Thornweaver Angelis

Thornweaver Angelis is another special edition given to the group and now out again for a limited time. Angelis is white shading to palest blue. Both of these exclusives come with system layers and Omega appliers.

More group exclusives:

Spyralle Leaf Necklace - Tide Pool

Spyralle Leaf Necklace – Tide Pool

Spyralle Leaf Earrings - Tide Pool

Spyralle Leaf Earrings – Tide Pool

Members also received expansion HUDs for the group exclusive Silk Road II Snow Moon outfits. For pictures of the rest of the group gifts, see group notices.

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Time Moves Differently in the Other Realm

seelie-vs-unseelie

Seelie vs. Unseelie

Yes, it has been a long time. One finds oneself threading the rapids in a fragile canoe, and there is no time to sit back and talk about it. All the energy must go into avoiding the rocks and the whirlpools and staying upright and not getting swamped.

I didn’t get swamped. But I didn’t have the leisure to talk about it either.  About a week ago, I was able to haul the canoe out of the water and lie panting on a sandstone slab under bare willow trees, build a fire, warm up and try to dry out my gear. So, now I can talk, if this creaky voice can be made to work again. And, while I was surviving, it seems that years passed in this world of pixel magic.  And I wonder if anyone still understands the Old Tongue.

Spyralle Unseelie Blade Crest

Spyralle Unseelie Blade Crest

Once upon a time, many eons ago as pixel lives reckon it, a talented woman (perhaps she has the Sight; I do not know) wrote a marvelous book about two worlds existing side by side in space and time, linked and yet alien from each other. One world we would recognize. In the other, there was perpetual war between the Seelie and Unseelie courts, and one human woman was drawn from the first to fight in the second – with a most unusual kind of magic.

The book is War for the Oaks, by Emma Bull, and I recommend it highly.  If you look closely, you may, with a smile and a tear, see a thread of Purple running through it…

War for the Oaks was my inspiration for two new headpieces created for Totally Top Shelf, now open. The Seelie and Unseelie Fae of the book are fierce, merciless and dangerous, as most Fae of popular literature tend to be these days.  But Emma was not part of a “trend”. She founded it, as much as anyone did.

These almost-human characters wear metal crests actually implanted in their skulls – they go piercings one better – because they have power over their own flesh and can add and remove such embellishments at will, without harm to themselves.  Sounds like another World I know, and you know…

Spyralle Seelie FEather Crest

Spyralle Seelie Feather Crest

Be wary. Be watchful. They may be among us now.

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October Blossoms

Spyralle Periwinkle Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Periwinkle Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Revamped, presented by Models Giving Back, invites designers to revisit an earlier design and renew it in some way. For this round I chose to recreate the Blossom series of original mesh jewelry released in 2014. I was never happy with the textures on the original pieces because the flower shaped fractals lost resolution at the center and looked too dark at this scale. New textures added stars of light in the centers.

Spyralle Agave Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Agave Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

The new release of Blossom at Revamped has nine new textures, plus a “full set” version you can customize with a HUD.

Spyralle Pumpkin Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Pumpkin Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Confetti Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Confetti Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Magic Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

Spyralle Magic Blossom Necklace and Earring Set

I do plan to update the original colors as time permits. For now, you can see all nine of the new colors at Revamped through October 22.

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Torch Light

Spyralle Torch Light Gypsy Boho Outfit - One of a Kind for Spoonful of Sugar

Spyralle Torch Light Gypsy Boho Outfit – One of a Kind for Spoonful of Sugar

Torch Light is the second new Royal Batik colorway, and this one-of-a-kind outfit is the only design with Torch Light so far. You can bid on this at the Spoonful of Sugar Festival.

Torch Light colors may appear in future Royal Batik Collection pieces, but never another gypsy outfit. The batik pattern is also new, and this outfit is the only one with six color options for the blouse.

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Kirana

Spyralle Kirana dress - Morning Dance

Spyralle Kirana dress – Morning Dance

For anyone who has seen me wearing my own designs in public, it is probably no surprise that Morning Dance is my favorite colorway of all the Royal Batiks. It has cheerful, rainbow greens, blues and a touch of purple, blending into a more naturalistic woodsy palette. It reminds me of hiking on Oahu – the intensity of color in the sunshine, the earthiness of the undergrowth in the forest shade.

It is also special because it is based on the first fractal I ever took through the process I use to construct the batik textures for Infinitum, the one most associated with those exciting discoveries.

On the other hand – as has been pointed out to me by certain Purple fans – Morning Dance is not Purple. I loved purple long before I was a Prince fan (and I am), and though Royal Batik already has Evening Mist…

Spyralle Kirana dress - Evening Mist

Spyralle Kirana dress – Evening Mist

… it could be said that Evening Mist is Not Purple Enough.

A search for Enough Purple ensued, back at the Ultra Fractal gradient stage. On that journey, the seed image for Midnight Visit was discovered – a new colorway in the Royal Batik series.

Spyralle Kirana dress - Midnight Visit

Spyralle Kirana dress – Midnight Visit

I’m not sure it is Enough Purple, but I like it. Midnight Visit, the new color in Spyralle’s Royal Batik Collection, is introduced with Kirana, a new dress – sleek, slim, island-casual. Flattering to the figure, sensual but not revealing.

Spyralle Kirana dress - Lava Flow

Spyralle Kirana dress – Lava Flow

Of course, Kirana also appears in the most popular Royal Batik color, Lava Flow, and our other Royal Batik patterns released so far.

Spyralle Kirana dress - Dawn Sea

Spyralle Kirana dress – Dawn Sea

All six Kirana dresses are exclusive to the Spoonful of Sugar Festival, a benefit for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), through September 23. Proceeds from four of the colors, including Midnight Visit, are a donation to this important cause. The physicians and other health workers of Doctors Without Borders provide emergency medical care in some of the most dangerous places of the world.  Please go to the festival and donate what you can. The shopping is pretty fine, too!

Spyralle Kirana dress - Palm Grove

Spyralle Kirana dress – Palm Grove

Hair: Exile “Reveling in You”
Skin: Glam Affair Luna
Feet: Slink
Eyes: IKON
Shape: Kerryth Tarantal personal shape 2016 #4

 

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Tangled Thoughts

Spyralle Tangled Thoughts Dress Morph #1

Spyralle Tangled Thoughts Dress Morph #1

Before she passed away, my mother had a series of strokes that stole her ability to communicate. While she could still express herself, she made a comment that her thoughts were all tangled. I have never forgotten that image.

My mother did not have Alzheimer’s Disease, we believe, but other family members have been afflicted by this dreadful, tragic condition, and I am glad to do what I can to help the fight against Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This is why Spyralle is taking part in the Miles of Memories event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, presented by the Miss Royalty group.

Spyralle Tangled Thoughts Dress Morph #2

Spyralle Tangled Thoughts Dress Morph #2

Tangled Thoughts is my exclusive creation for Miles of Memories 2016, in memory of my mother and others in my family and in honor of those coping now. Tangled Thoughts suggests a classic fairy tale “princess” dress with something going awry.

In my library of original fractals I kept coming back to one that is a field of two colors separated by a horizontal boundary, but in one place that boundary erupts into a jumble of spirals.  I reworked that pattern into the prettiest color gradients I had because even a tangled garden can be beautiful.  I chose three of many to make these dresses.

Spyralle Tangled Thoughts dress - Morph #3

Spyralle Tangled Thoughts dress – Morph #3

Please visit Miles of Memories between now and September 23. Shop for some great exclusives and contribute to a very worthwhile cause.

Hair: (red)Mint Hair no.39’16
Skin: Glam Affair Luna
Eyes: IKON
Body: Maitreya Lara
Poses: Di’s Opera

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Ochre at Genre

Spyralle Neolithic Ceremonial Body Paint - Yellow Ochre & White

Spyralle Neolithic Ceremonial Body Paint – Yellow Ochre & White

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.

Spyralle Neolithic Ceremonial Body Paint - Red Ochre & Charcoal Black

Spyralle Neolithic Ceremonial Body Paint – Red Ochre & Charcoal Black

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.

Spyralle Neolithic Ceremonial Body Paint - Four Color Set

Spyralle Neolithic Ceremonial Body Paint – Four Color Set

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.

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