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Temasek, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today is one of our Archive shows, falling between our two visits to Fantasy Faire. We will be looking back to November 2012, when we explored the island of Temasek with its owner, Veritas Raymaker.

Join us today, Monday 28th March 2022 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams, or watch the show on the web, either here on the blog or on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/611733367.

Temasek is inspired by the island of Singapore, and Veritas has brought something of the history, geography and ecology, and the culture of Singapore into the virtual world. Ranging from Mangrove swamps and a fishing village to a second world war fort (complete with an aerial attack!) to Concorde and modern builds … and not forgetting a look at traditional food on the way … this is a very rich and exciting environment to explore!

Temasek, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Elrik Merlin was on holiday when the show was shot, so Saffia is joined by Zander Greene as co-presenter as Veritas takes us on a journey around his island from the tunnels beneath to high in the sky!

All this makes for a fascinating show – so make sure that you don’t miss it! Do come and join us at 2pm!

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You can still visit Temasek at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Temasek/237/100/24

Temasek, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Gaalthyr, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, Designing Worlds paid a first visit to Fantasy Faire, one of the mega events raising money for Relay for Life of Second Life.

Fantasy Faire closed last week, having raised this year L$25,834,863 ($103,339 USD) by the end of the Faire, its highest total ever.

Doriath, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the first of two shows dedicated to the Faire, we talk to Elizabeth Tinsley, her High Faireness, and then explore ten of the beautiful regions that made up the Fairelands this year, with the aid of Bain Finch, our camera person – and the other ten and some of the fabulous events that were such a feature of the Faire, captured by our photographer, Wildstar Beaumont.

The Clouded Mountain, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It makes for a stunningly beautiful show – make sure you don’t miss it.

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The Faire is finished now, but you can read more about it here:
https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

The Chrysalis Gardens, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Today sees the start of the new season of Designing Worlds, with a trip to Fantasy Faire.

Tempyo, photographed by Wildstar Baumont

From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

The Carnelian Archive, photographed by Wildstar Baumont

Fantasy Faire closed last week, having raised this year L$25,834,863 ($103,339 USD) by the end of the Faire, its highest total ever.

The Clouded Mountain, photographed by Wildstar Baumont

In the first of two shows dedicated to the Faire, we talk to Elizabeth Tinsley, her High Faireness, and then explore ten of the beautiful regions that made up the Fairelands this year, with the aid of Bain Finch, our camera person – and the other ten and some of the fabulous events that were such a feature of the Faire, captured by our photographer, Wildstar Beaumont.

Sunken Honey, photographed by Wildstar Baumont

It makes for a stunningly beautiful show – make sure you don’t miss it.

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The Faire is finished now, but you can read more about it here:
https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

Mythspire Ridge, photographed by Wildstar Baumont

All images by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, Designing Worlds paid a second visit to the Second Life Home and Garden Expo, an annual event we have supported since 2009.

In this show, we look at the very popular Decorating Contest, which Designing Worlds sponsored, where competitors had to decorate a home of their choice. We were joined by some of the designers (Liz Wilner, Aphra Hendrix, Mystic Blackbart and Melina Firehawk) who told us about their designs, and how they managed to great great homes with only 450 land impact!

Then with the aid of our terrific machinematographer Bain Finch,, we explore the sixteen homes.

The winners of the competition were:
Ist Prize: Devon Rayne (devondistrict) and Aşɧʆγŋ Ήєανєռlу Ńiɠhŧ ʀǟŷňɛ (Ashlyn Darkheart)
2nd Prize: Alisha Yardley and Torty (Squeeakers Resident)
3rd Prize: Liz Wilner

The Expo is finished now, but you can read more about it here: https://slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com/

This was the last show in our spring season, but we will be back soon! In the mean-time, take a look at Fantasy Faire, an event that a number of the Designing Worlds team are involved with! See: https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/

All images by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 4th April, Designing Worlds pays a second visit to the Second Life Home and Garden Expo, which, sadly, is now closed. The premium event for Home and Garden designers in Second Life (and breedables too!), Designing Worlds has long been a supporter – and a sponsor too.

From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

In this show, we look at the very popular Decorating Contest, which Designing Worlds sponsored, where competitors had to decorate a home of their choice. We were joined by some of the designers (Liz Wilner, Aphra Hendrix, Mystic Blackbart and Melina Firehawk) who told us about their designs, and how they managed to great great homes with only 450 land impact!

Then with the aid of our terrific machinematographer Bain Finch,, we explore the sixteen homes (and after the showing – we’ll tell you who won!).

We also talk to designers Elizabeth Burleigh, whose store is the Blue Moon Atelier Gallery, and Ethy Ðrαgoste Fιяεнαωк-Knight, whose store is The Crystal Witch – and who is also one of the Expo Organisers about their experiences of the Expo.

And we take a visit to two favourite stores (Little Big Designs and Kaerri’s) before we head for the very special lantern ceremony that takes place each day at the Expo.

It makes for a fascinating show that you won’t want to miss, so come to the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams or tune in to watch on the web!

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The Expo is finished now, but you can read more about it here: https://slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com/

Images by Wildstar Beaumont

Today is one of our Archive shows, falling between our two visits to the Home and Garden Expo. And it seemed rather appropriate to look back to September 2013 to visit the beautiful Case Study Homes homage, created by Painter Meriman.

Join us today, Monday 28th March 2022 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams, or watch the show on the web, either here on the blog or on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/693169755.

The Case Study Houses were experiments in American residential architecture sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day to design and build inexpensive and efficient model homes for the United States residential housing boom caused by the end of World War II and the return of millions of soldiers. The core idea of a Case Study house was to hypothesize a modern household, elaborate its functional requirements, have an esteemed architect develop a design that met those requirements using modern materials and construction processes, and then to actually build the home. The houses were documented before, during and after construction for publication in Arts & Architecture.

Painter has created homages to two of these houses (both of which still exist in Pacific Palisades), the Entenza House (Case Study House No. 9) and the Eames House (Case Study House No.8). We will be looking at the buildings, and talking about the background to the Case Study Houses project – as well as taking a look at how this has inspired Painter’s latest home.

It makes for a really fascinating show – so do come and watch it at 2pm!

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Sadly, the Case Study Homes are no longer inworld. But some of Painter’s beautiful builds remain on Dagger Bay, owned by Jaysun Dagger.

Jaysun writes:
We invite you to visit the beautiful Village of the Beguinage of Bruges and surrounding countryside. Please enjoy a walk on the forest path or relax in the coffee house along the canal with a snack or something to drink.
Visit: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dagger%20Bay/135/239/24

All images by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, Designing Worlds visited the Second Life Home and Garden Expo, an annual event we have supported since 2009.

In this show we talk to the organiser of the Expo – Kaerri Rae, and learn about various aspects of the event. We look at some of the great international-themed builds we saw at the Expo this year, with a film from Bain Finch, while Wildstar Beaumont shares photographs of some of the amazing gardens and landscaping that was on display. And we meet up with DaveOSaurus to take a look at Waffleville, the community area for tinies and dinkies.

Designing Worlds sponsored the Home and Garden Decorating Contest, and in this episode we take a look at the undecorated homes (thanks to Wildstar’s pictures!). We’ll be showing you what the decorated homes looked like in our second Homes and Garden Expo show – to be shown in two weeks time.

And finally we will the Lantern Ceremony, held every day at 4pm, a time for reflection and remembrance.

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The Expo is finished now, but you can read more about it here: https://slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com/

All images by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 21st March, Designing Worlds visits the Second Life Home and Garden Expo, which, sadly, closed yesterday. The premium event for Home and Garden designers in Second Life (and breedables too!), Designing Worlds has long been a supporter – and a sponsor too.

From 2pm today you can see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds. Or you can join us for our Watch Party in the beautiful Designing Worlds studios in the Garden of Dreams!

In this show we talk to the organiser of the Faire – Kaerri Rae, and learn about various aspects of the event. We look at some of the great international-themed builds we saw at the Expo this year, with a film from Bain Finch, while Wildstar Beaumont shares photographs of some of the amazing gardens and landscaping that was on display. And we meet up with DaveOSaurus to take a look at Waffleville, the community area for tinies and dinkies.

Designing Worlds sponsored the Home and Garden Decorating Contest, and in this episode we take a look at the undecorated homes (thanks to Wildstar’s pictures!). We’ll be showing you what the decorated homes looked like in our second Homes and Garden Expo show – to be shown in two weeks time.

And finally we will the Lantern Ceremony, held every day at 4pm, a time for reflection and remembrance.

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The Expo is finished now, but you can read more about it here: https://slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com/

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

Today is one of our Archive shows – and chosen for the saddest of reasons.

We’re looking back to October 2014, and a show we did on the East River Community. Then it was a thriving 19 region community. Now, sadly, parts are closed and most of the rest is abandoned. You can read more on Daniel Voyager’s blog: https://danielvoyager.wordpress.com/2022/03/08/east-river-community-in-second-life-reduces-in-size/

Join us today, Monday 28th February 2022 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams, or watch the show on the web, either here on the blog or on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/371353284.

The East River Community was one of the oldest and largest of the mainland communities. Located on the Sansara Continent, just to the North of the Sea of Fables, and it was a remarkable place – and a remarkable achievement too.

Because what made this community so fascinating is that it was not – like many close communities – part of an island estate, privately owned and managed with a Covenant to make sure that there was consistency. No, this was a mainland community, created by residents coming together and protecting a tract of land that eventually extended to nineteen regions, all brought together as the East River Community.

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

With the assistance of a longtime resident, Drewski Northman, we explored some of the residential and commercial areas, the art that formed an important part of the community, and some of the amazing transportation systems that linked the community,

This is a fascinating show about an aspect of Second Life that many people remain unaware of – the rich potential of mainland living – a role perhaps in part taken over by Bellisseria, which has a strong community and creative input, but perhaps not the diversity of the East River Community – maybe a topic for a future Designing Worlds show!

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

Anyway, do come and join us in our Studio for a trip down memory lane – or catch it on the web!

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Voting is now open in the Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest, which Designing Worlds is sponsoring.

You can see the houses here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%201/216/251/23

Come along and vote for the house – or houses – that you love! Just pay Lindens into the RFL kiosks outside each house – every Linden counts as a vote!

East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan
East River Community, photographed by Honour McMillan

All images by Wildstar Beaumont

In this episode, Designing Worlds visited the One Billion Rising in Second Life event, which was held on February 14th. This was the tenth year of this 24 hour event of art, music, poetry and dance, which draws attention to to the campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Saffia is one of the organisers of the event, and she talks about the background of One Billion Rising. We also talk to some of the organisers: Briony Writer, who organised the music events (and built the corner parks); Cherryblonde Scribe and Meegan Danitz, who were the dance leads, Adele Ward, who was the Poetry lead; Jenny Anatine, who led the greeters; and AvaJean Westland, who designed and researched the Hall of Heroes (as well as the information kiosks). Saffia, who was the art lead, interviews Daark Gothly about her striking installation.

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You can learn more about One Billion Rising in Second Life here: https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/

You can also find out about the worldwide campaign here: https://www.onebillionrising.org/