Saffia Widdershins's Blog

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontAngel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 18th May for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be visiting the sumptuous Angel Manor Estate in the company of its owner and creator, Kaya Angel.

The Estate consists of nine regions that contain public areas including the famous Rose Theatre, the Rose Art Gallery, a ballroom, an opera house, a library, and function rooms of many kinds including a fabulous Banqueting Hall. There are residential apartments and some private homes set in the beautiful gardens that surround the central buildings.

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontAngel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The design work is fabulous. The core buildings are reminiscent of a Hapsburg palace; the entrance to the main building reminded me of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and the magnificence extends to the rooms within. The Art Gallery is fascinating; it seems closer to the much-missed Dresden Gallery than to most art galleries in Second Life - and proves unequivocally that there is a place for realism within a virtual world.

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontAngel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We will be exploring some of the main function rooms with Kaya Angel and looking at the techniques and the underlying philosophy that has gone into their creation, looking at the beautiful private apartment belonging to a long term resident, Marcus Lefevre, and exploring the gardens, formal, informal and Japanese!

This is a show packed with magnificent beauty – so so do join us, at 2pm today!

Angel Manor, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontAngel Manor, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Angel Manor Estates: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Angel%20Manor/19/185/21
Website: http://www.impl.org.uk

Fantasy Faire 2015: Odyssey, designed by Alia Baroque: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Odyssey, designed by Alia Baroque: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Join us at 2pm today, Monday 11th May for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be paying the second of our visits to the fabulous Fantasy Faire.

In last week's show we talked to organisers and developers of the Faire and its different aspects. This week, we'll be talking to Zander Greene and Gabrielle Riel who, with Elrik Merlin, were behind Fantasy Faire Radio (and Zander also played a major part in Faire organisation).

Fantasy Faire 2015: Poseidon's Abyss, designed by Haveit Neox: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Poseidon's Abyss, designed by Haveit Neox: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We'll be talking to some of the people who were involved in the event: Garnet Psaltery, who was one of the organisers of the Literary Festival; Aelva, who organised the amazing Night Theatre shows (which packed the region every night of the Fire); Stevie Basevi and Belial Darwinian, who were behind the Sanctuary Roleplayers whose roleplay The Trial of Lut ran throughout the Faire, just one of three highly successful roleplays that invited visitors to watch and to interact.

And we'll be talking to Corvi Ashdene. owner of The Dark Fae, about what is involved in bringing a store to the Faire.

Fantasy Faire 2015: YoZakura, designed by Nya Alchemy: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: YoZakura, designed by Nya Alchemy: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Once again, we have some outrageously beautiful things to show you – so so do join us, at 2pm today!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Fantasy Faire 2015: Poppetsborogh, designed by Luna Barak, Alrunia Ahn and Kyra Reiter: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Poppetsborogh, designed by Luna Barak, Alrunia Ahn and Kyra Reiter: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

Fantasy Faire 2015: Ichi-go Ichi-e, designed by Sharni Azalee: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Ichi-go Ichi-e, designed by Sharni Azalee: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 4th May for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be pating the first of two visits to the fabulous Fantasy Faire.

Fantasy Faire 2015: Vallacia, designed by Mayah Parx: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Vallacia, designed by Mayah Parx: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This beautiful and incredibly popular event - which to date has raised over L$7,600,000 ended yesterday - although you will still be able to visit the regions until at least Wednesday. You can find out more on the website at: fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Fantasy Faire 2015: Fairelands Junction, designed by Saiyge Lotus: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Fairelands Junction, designed by Saiyge Lotus: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We'll be talking to Faire organiser, Elizabeth Tinsley; event sponsor and Literary Festival co-organiser, Judi Newall; Aisling Sinclair, the producer and director of the Hunt; and Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords, the designers of the awesome Spires of Andolys region (which sold for L$370,000 at the Live Auction at the end of Fantasy Faire!).

Fantasy Faire 2015: Spires of Andolys, designed Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Spires of Andolys, designed Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We have some outrageously beautiful things to show you – so so do join us, at 2pm today!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Fantasy Faire 2015: Ravenshold, designed Rynn Verwood: photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFantasy Faire 2015: Ravenshold, designed Rynn Verwood: photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Tansee makes some very special particles!Tansee makes some very special particles!

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 27th April for the first show in the new season of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be meeting the installation and particle artist Tansee and learning about her work.

We'll be learning all about how particles can be created, and Tansee will be showing us work that she has created in collaborations with 2Lei, the Italian group that produces an annual series of installations for the Elimination of Violence Against Woman Day - and also appears at One Billion Rising in Second Life. And we'll be looking a little more at the collaborative project that Tansee is part of currently on the Linden Endowment for the Arts regions - the Starfall Collaborative Group on LEA8.

Tansee's art installation on LEA8Tansee's art installation on LEA8

And Tansee will be giving us a sneak preview of the particle displays that she is working on for this year's Fantasy Faire, currently in progress. You can read more about Fantasy Faire here. By the time of this show, Tansee will have given her first performance, but she will be appearing again on Wednesday 29th April at 1pm SLT and on Saturday 2nd May at 3pm.

And you can get a taste of that show on tonights Designing Worlds - so so do join us, at 2pm today!

Preparing for Fantasy Faire!Preparing for Fantasy Faire!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Useful Links:
Starfall Collaborative Group on LEA8
2Lei in Second Life

Making particles!Making particles!

Draxtor Despres on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontDraxtor Despres on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 30th March for the new episode of Designing Worlds (and the last in our current season) at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be meeting meeting the film-maker and broadcaster Draxtor Despres.

Draxtor is now probably best known for his two series, the Drax Files podcasts and the series of the Drax Files Worldmakers - a series of brilliant short, energising films about some of the awesome creators in Second Life.

Draxtor Despres on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontDraxtor Despres on Designing Worlds, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But Drax has been filming in and discussing Second Life and virtual worlds for a very long time. We take a look at some of his early films, and talk about his evolution as a film-maker - and about Second Life's evolution too. And along the way we'll be talking about Flufee on a Meshion, creating comedy in a virtual world, the importance of radio ... and how Drax puts the Worldmaker videos together.

This is a fascinating show, so do join us, at 2pm today!

Designing Worlds with Draxtor Despres, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontDesigning Worlds with Draxtor Despres, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Useful Links
The Drax Files podcasts
The Drax Files Worldmakers
Flufee on a Meshion
Documenting Second Life (including some fascinating videos from as far back as 2007)

 

Statue to the Heroic Mole in Bay City, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontStatue to the Heroic Mole in Bay City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 23rd March for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be meeting Patch Linden and exploring the fantastic builds created by the Linden Department of Public Works (otherwise known as the Moles).

The elusive Moles are creative residents of Second Life who - with special Mole surnamed avatars - work on Linden infrastructure, events and gifts. Recently, a special island for the Moles has opened, known as the Meauxle Bureaux, which residents can visit.

The Meauxle Bureaux, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontThe Meauxle Bureaux, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But the work of the Moles extends over (and under) the mainland, as well as projects around the Portal Park - like the Haunted House for Halloween, the Winterfair, the Linden Realms and the Cornfield. They have worked in partnership with residents on major developments like Bay City and Nautilus.

We talk to Patch Linden about the work of the Moles, and about his own work at Linden Lab. He talks about the future of Second Life (as its own entity - and in relation to the new platform Second Life are buildingg) and about plans for development within Second Life - including in the Welcome Areas.

Underwater Mole work, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontUnderwater Mole work, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This is a really exciting show, so do join us, at 2pm today!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Who knows ... you may even see an elusive mole!

Ahab's Haunt, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontAhab's Haunt, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Some Mole-created links for this show:
Meauxle Bureaux - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Meauxle%20Bureaux/157/123/29
Statue to the Heroic Mole in Bay City - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bay%20City%20-%20Falconmoon/81/56/25
Portal Park (gateway to many Linden experiences - and Mole Builds) - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Portal%20Park%202/135/134/23
Ahab's Haunt - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ahab%27s%20Haunt/128/128/0
Sea of Fables - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bohol/219/88/27
Linden Homes - Elderglen - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elderglen/128/128/29
Space Base, Mos Ainsley - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mos%20Ainsley/134/131/49
Pyri Peaks Funfair Dock - http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sandeulbaram/217/228/23

Mole Build in the Wilderness, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontMole Build in the Wilderness, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 16th March for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be exploring the phenomenal popularity of gacha events, machines and yard sales in Second Life.

Sway's Gacha machines, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSway's Gacha machines, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We'll be talking to creators Sway Dench of Sway's and Robin Sojourner of R(S)W about the experience of creating for gacha events - and also running gachas in their own stores, while Marianne McCann explains how gacha machines are set up for the big gacha event running at the moment, The Arcade.

Gachas at Robin Sojourner's R(S)W, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontGachas at Robin Sojourner's R(S)W, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit two of the gacha Yard Sales - Gacha Grove to meet яєуηα Ήσℓίdąƴ and the Epic Gacha Market to meet Jëẅël̈ Br̈öök̈s̈ and June Marais. Gacha Yard Sales are where people who have bought excess gacha items can re-sell them, sometimes at a large profit, one of the reasons for the continuing popularity of gachas.

Epic Gacha Market, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontEpic Gacha Market, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, we'll be visiting Matthew Anthony, a keen fan of gachas - and owner of the Gacha Haus, where he sells all of the goodies he get playing gachas around the grid. But it's his displays of rare gachas that make a visit to his home (and his food court!) so exciting - and he not only shows off his gachas, but tells the fascinating stories behind many of them.

From Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFrom Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And as we explore all these aspects of the gacha phenomenon, we ask whether gachas can be considered as a form of gambing in Second Life, and asking those involved whether these events are helping or harming the virtual world economy.

Whether you love or loathe gachas, we think you'll find this a very interesting show, so do join us, at 2pm today!

Gacha Grove, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontGacha Grove, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

From Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFrom Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Links for this show:
Creator's stores
Sway's: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SwayLand/188/136/27
R(S)W: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Livingtree/104/128/24/

Yard Sales
Gacha Grove: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hawaiian%20Islands/201/78/2502
Epic Gacha Market: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dixfield/131/129/3337
Gacha Haus: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isere/19/37/1999

From Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFrom Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 16th March for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be exploring the phenomenal popularity of gacha events, machines and yard sales in Second Life.

Sway's Gacha machines, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontSway's Gacha machines, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We'll be talking to creators Sway Dench of Sway's and Robin Sojourner of R(S)W about the experience of creating for gacha events - and also running gachas in their own stores, while Marianne McCann explains how gacha machines are set up for the big gacha event running at the moment, The Arcade.

Gachas at Robin Sojourner's R(S)W, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontGachas at Robin Sojourner's R(S)W, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit two of the gacha Yard Sales - Gacha Grove to meet яєуηα Ήσℓίdąƴ and the Epic Gacha Market to meet Jëẅël̈ Br̈öök̈s̈ and June Marais. Gacha Yard Sales are where people who have bought excess gacha items can re-sell them, sometimes at a large profit, one of the reasons for the continuing popularity of gachas.

Epic Gacha Market, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontEpic Gacha Market, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, we'll be visiting Matthew Anthony, a keen fan of gachas - and owner of the Gacha Haus, where he sells all of the goodies he get playing gachas around the grid. But it's his displays of rare gachas that make a visit to his home (and his food court!) so exciting - and he not only shows off his gachas, but tells the fascinating stories behind many of them.

From Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFrom Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And as we explore all these aspects of the gacha phenomenon, we ask whether gachas can be considered as a form of gambing in Second Life, and asking those involved whether these events are helping or harming the virtual world economy.

Whether you love or loathe gachas, we think you'll find this a very interesting show, so do join us, at 2pm today!

Gacha Grove, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontGacha Grove, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

From Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFrom Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Links for this show:
Creator's stores
Sway's: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SwayLand/188/136/27
R(S)W: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Livingtree/104/128/24/

Yard Sales
Gacha Grove: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hawaiian%20Islands/201/78/2502
Epic Gacha Market: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dixfield/131/129/3337
Gacha Haus: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isere/19/37/1999

From Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontFrom Matthew Anthony's Gacha Collection, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Inworld Education - Builders Brewery, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontInworld Education - Builders Brewery, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm today, Monday 9th March for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be exploring some of the many organisations offering inworld training in what is planned to be the first of several shows on this topic.

Today we'll be joined by Brace Coral of NCI (New Citizens Incorporated), Toady Nakamura, Flea Bussey and Leslea of Raglan U, and Sen Maximus of Builders' Brewery. Together we discuss the nature of education in a virtual world, and also the challenges of teaching (largely with volunteers) in Second Life.

Then, while Elrik explores the classrooms of New Citizens Incorporated and Builders' Brewery, Saffia takes a class at Raglan U with Toady Nakamura, ever dauntless, attempting to teach her to build ...

Inworld Education - Raglan U, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontInworld Education - Raglan U, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a fascinating show so do join us, at 2pm today!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Inworld Education - NCI Beach, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontInworld Education - NCI Beach, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

More Information:
New Citizens Incorporated
http://www.nci-sl.info/blog/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fishermans%20Cove/37/232/25

Raglan U
http://raglanshire.com/raglan-u/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Raglan%20Shire/158/75/23

Builders Brewery
http://www.buildersbrewery.com/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Builders%20Brewery/127/194/23

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontOne Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Join us at 2pm today, Monday 2nd March for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams, when we’ll be re-visiting the amazing event that was One Billion Rising in Second Life.

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2015, men and women in all over the world joined with activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Drum, Dance, and Rise as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change.

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontOne Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And since 2013, one of those places where we come together for One Billion Rising as a Second Life event featuring a four-region stage where 200 people can dance together, surrounded by an area of art installations, an arena for poetry and dance productions, and informational exhibits. A variety of performers played over the 24-hour period and poetry and dance events were held at different times, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The objective of the event was to raise awareness, not to raise funds; however, information about real-world organisations was be available in kiosks for those wishing to donate.

The day after, we took our cameras to explore the four regions and talk to some of the people behind the event including Victor Mornington, Samantha Ohrberg, Drew Slate, Garnet Psaltery, Taralyn Gravois, AvaJean Westland, Adele Ward and our own director, Aisling Sinclair, who created the landscaping and infrastructure.

Audio installation by Lorin Tone on OBR ChangeAudio installation by Lorin Tone on OBR Change

So join us, at 2pm today for a wonderful way to remember this very special event!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Bear at OBRBear at OBR

One Billion Rising in Second Life website and blog: https://onebillionrisingsl2015.wordpress.com/
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Our Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Our Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Our Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/

Main One Billion Rising for Justice page: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

One Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar BeaumontOne Billion Rising in Second Life, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont