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Archive for March, 2022

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

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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/

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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/

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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

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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/

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All images by Wildstar Beaumont

Today, Monday 7th March, Designing Worlds visits 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.

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!

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.

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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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/

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