Masks of Kuruk

Spyralle Raven Chieftain Mask - One of a Kind

Spyralle Raven Chieftain Mask – One of a Kind for Fantasy Faire’s Silent Auction

I was already a long time fan of Pacific Northwest Native American art, so when I laid eyes on the Spirit Valley of Kuruk, designed by Loki Eliot, I knew my home for Fantasy Faire 2020 was in exactly the right place.

The raven mask was an unmeshed idea I had decided I did not have time to finish for the Faire, but of course I had to, once I set foot in Kuruk.  Not even an emergency move to a new computer could stop me! The version above is  Spyralle’s donation to the Fantasy Faire silent auction.  It will go to one lucky bidder. Proceeds go to Relay for Life.

But there is also a Raven Mask from Spyralle that anyone can wear…

Spyralle Raven Mask

Spyralle Raven Mask – A Relay for Life donation

The masks are more “imagineered” than authentic. Certainly tradition does not include the fractals worked into the intricate surface decoration.

The Raven Mask can be found in Spyralle’s store in the Valley of Kuruk until Fantasy Faire closes May 10.  If you complete this year’s Quest, your trove of prizes will include another new original Spyralle Mask – the Spirit Owl.

Spyralle Owl Spirit Mask

Spyralle Owl Spirit Mask

Have fun questing!

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May Blossoms

Spyralle Apple Blossom Headpiece

Spyralle Apple Blossom Headpiece

Gently dropping apple or cherry blossoms, Spyralle’s new fantasy headpieces make spring come alive for your fae wardrobe.  Introduced at Ostara’s Altar in early April, our blossoms are now available at Fantasy Faire 2020. Particle blossoms toggle on or off with a touch.

Spyralle Cherry Blossom Headpiece

Spyralle Cherry Blossom Headpiece

Shown with tram’s H1028 hair, Lindsey skin from Lara Hurley, Genus strong W001 head and a personal shape. The dress is Sybil Desert from Spyralle.

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Song of the Sun, Song of the Moon

Spyralle Song of the Sun & Moon Set

Spyralle Song of the Sun & Moon Set

In the dreaming mind’s eye they stand against the changing horizon, chanting their songs. Night comes, and day again, and there they are. Sometimes the shapes come to life as if they were already there and needed only to be summoned from imagining…

Made for Fantasy Faire 2020, these latest characters in Spyralle’s parade of totemic figures await you in the Spirit Valley of Kuruk.  Out of the box, they top two meters in height, though we have some really large ones on display. Spyralle’s fantasy ceramic glazes take on a surreal glow with advanced lighting.

Spyralle Song of the Sun

Spyralle Song of the Sun

It is a joy for Spyralle to serve as region sponsor for the Kuruk. No place could have suited us better, especially this year.

Spyralle Song of the Moon

Spyralle Song of the Moon

The Songs are available singly or as a set. Our other new releases for the Faire will appear in future posts. Fantasy Faire will be open through May 10

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Happy March Hunting!

Spyralle 'North Carolina Clay' Garden Jars

Spyralle ‘North Carolina Clay’ Garden Jars

Oversize ceramic sculptures from Spyralle’s Haze Pottery salute the ceramic artists of North Carolina on the North America path of this year’s World Tour Hunt, presented by Kastle Events. The 3 linden hunt runs through April 21.

Spyralle Haze Pottery Washstand Set - MorningStar

Spyralle Haze Pottery Washstand Set – MorningStar

Haze Pottery shines again in this set created for the spring’s Twisted Hunt. Morningstar glaze showcases the gentle colors of spring. For the most fun and a little help, join the Twisted Hunt group in Second Life, but be sure to read the rules.

Spyralle Commemorative Magical Whirligig

Spyralle Commemorative Magical Whirligig

Dearest of all grid hunts, the Steam Hunt XV gives Spyralle an opportunity to create this tribute to our good friend Tailahr Winnikow. The gadget serves no purpose but whimsy and features Tai’s favorite color. We hope it would have made her smile! Begin your Steam Hunt at Mieville’s colorful Steam Expo. Visist Spyralle’s Expo shop while you’re there.

For information on all three hunts, visit Spyralle and click on the hunt signs. There is a special landing for the Twisted Hunt, near the giant dancing winged bicycle robot. The Twisted prize is within 30 meters of the Twisted landing.

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Duskhallow Town Clock at the Great Exhibition

Spyralle Duskhallow Town Clock

Spyralle Duskhallow Town Clock

The Great Exhibition in New Babbage will end its magnificent run next week. April First is the last day to visit the Crystal Palace and all the fabulous exhibits. This is a showcase of art and engineering in Second Life that you truly must not miss!

Spyralle has recreated the famous public clock of the doomed village of Duskhallow  expressly for the Exhibition.  Although intrepid explorers are able to bring remnants of Duskhallow into the outer world from time to time, if is likely the woeful story of the town’s fate will never be fully known…

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Bold Statement

Spyralle Dayana Jewelry

Spyralle Dayana Jewelry

Assembled from rough-hewn shapes of fused glass set in gold and connected by diamond embellished gold links, Dayana is jewelry everyone will notice.

Dayana is available two days only for half price at Spyralle. This exclusive release is part of the Redeux Express event for March 7-8.

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The Wraith of Bristow’s Folly

The Wraith of Bristow's Folly from Spyralle

The Wraith of Bristow’s Folly – a wearable art concept piece from Spyralle

Bristow’s Folly is the second Spyralle creation inspired by the work of 20th Century British illustrator Rowland Emett.  A folly, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, is defined as “in architecture, a costly, generally nonfunctional building that was erected to enhance a natural landscape.” Emett’s sad portrait of Mrs. Bristow’s Folly in his 1953 collection of Punch cartoons, Emett’s Domain, shows a once pretentious ornamental garden tower reduced to serving as a derelict, somewhat haunted water tower for his imaginary Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway. Unfortunately, I have not found a reproduction of this particular drawing online.

Spyralle’s take on the Folly – which combines architectural notions from other parts of the same drawing – is not as decrepit as the original, but it is even more non-functional as architecture because it is wearable! Combined with the Wraith, a rigged flowing pair of wisps of mist or smoke, this outfit won in the Architecture category of the first annual Wearable Art competition at the Home & Garden Expo in Second Life, a benefit for Relay for Life. The Expo continues through Tuesday, March 3.

Spyralle Bristow's Folly Wearable Architecure

Spyralle Bristow’s Folly Wearable Architecture

The costume comes in two parts can be purchased separately at Spyralle’s Expo location. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.

The first part, the Folly, is a wearable miniature building. The gazebo tower part attaches to the chest and is unrigged. The cupola and roof, also unrigged, attach to the nose. The wearer has the option of hiding the body or body and head. Alpha mask layers are provided. A separate lantern may be added to the cupola if the head is hidden.

Spyralle Wraith body attachment

Spyralle Wraith

The Wraith is a set of rigged attachments in one size with an animated wispy smoke texture which can be worn with the Folly or any other outfit. A white version, shown here, and a black version are included in the package. Demos are available.

A word of caution! Although the Folly is modifiable, enlarging it to building scale is NOT recommended. The mesh is not optimized for a full size building, and the land impact will increase drastically as the size increases. Also, the model has no physics and is not walkable.

The Wraith is shown on a Maitreya body and LAQ bento head with a Lacrimosa skin  from Fallen Gods, eyes by IKON and a Thornweaver bodysuit from Spyralle.


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The Messengers

The Spirit Messenger Arrives

The Spirit Messenger Arrives

They came in a dream, years ago. I do not remember how long ago. Figures of painted wood, standing silently. They were benevolent, not frightening. Their messages were slow, calm and silent. Finally, a long time later, I began to try to recreate them. Here is an early version, welcoming visitors to my Burn2 camp in 2017, “Processions.”

Now the Spirit Messengers are ready to be watchful in your garden or your home. There are sixteen of them in a new exclusive gacha at the Home and Garden Expo, an annual benefit event for the American Cancer Society.

Spyralle Spirit Messengers (Garden Size) Gacha

Spyralle Spirit Messengers (Garden Size) Gacha

These are the first and oldest Spyralle totem figures. They remind me of cats, just a little – maybe the goddess Bast.

Spyralle has a major new release in the wearable art competition at the Expo. I will cover it in a future post, but you can see a display here.

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Spyralle Battle of Wits Goblet Set 1

Spyralle Battle of Wits Goblet Set 1

The current round of Enchantment is inspired by The Princess Bride, that storybook story of True Love and miracles, loved by so many.  I have read the book, but it’s movie I am especially fond of – one of my all time favorites. I have no idea how many times I’ve seen it. It was so hard to choose one idea for the event.

So here is a little detail from one of my favorite scenes! The wine goblets seen in the “battle of wits” scene do not look quite like this – and believe me, I have studied them! I have added a fractal enamel bowl and given them colors!

Spyralle Battle of Wits Goblet Set 2

Spyralle Battle of Wits Goblet Set 2

You have your choice of two sets, 100L each at the event, a special introductory price.

The Enchantment Hunt is on in individual stores. Here is what you may find at Spyralle!

Spyralle Enchantment Hunt Prize - Feb 2020

Spyralle Enchantment Hunt Prize – Feb 2020

Ah, if only True Love could be bottled! But miracles can come from anywhere…


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Eagle Sighting

Spyralle Eagle of the Forest Headpiece

Spyralle Eagle of the Forest Headpiece

The original plan, like many of my plans, turned out to be vastly over-ambitious.  There would be a series of ceremonial accessories, accoutrements of wisdom and power, worn by the sibyls and shamans, the guardians and wanderers, in that pan-Arctic, trans-Pacific world outside of time, in my dreams. But I live in Time, so I’ve only been able to produce glimpses, like half-buried memories, curiosities brought back by fortunate Victorian explorers who stumbled across the boundaries for a while and returned with tales no one believed. And lovely, strange souvenirs wrapped carefully in tissue paper and hidden in old trunks.

So I unearth them piecemeal, usually one at a time.

And not always in season. The Eagle of the Forest emerged from someone’s grandmother’s attic like the memory of green summer in places where summer is brief, intense and glorious. Here, by the fire, in winter darkness with a blizzard bearing down, I turn my find this way and that in the lamplight, admiring the sheen of colors, the glow of the gems, the fierceness of the eagle’s eyes.  A familiar longing arises in my explorer’s heart.

Spyralle Eagle of the Forest - Texture Options

Spyralle Eagle of the Forest without frontal mask, showing texture options

You can find your own Eagle of the Forest at this month’s Midwinter Fair event, opening January 18.

There was an Eagle of the Snows. Now there is another. Could there be more in other forgotten trunks in other attics?  On walls of back rooms in distant outposts?  In carved chests kept in places of honor by those who still Remember? Time will tell.

Spyralle’s original unisex Eagle headpiece is embellished with our trademark fractal art and worn with a Fallen Gods shape (modified) and skin, IKON eyes and Spyralle’s Shaman of the Forest robe (exclusive group gift from November, 2019). The Eagle of the Snows awaits your discovery at Spyralle’s headquarters, at the top of the south stairs. The released Shaman robes are on the Annex level.

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