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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

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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

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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/

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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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Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo in 2009

The Home and Garden Expo opened last Saturday – but in today’s Designing Worlds show, we’re going to be looking back to the very first show we filmed at the Expo – that was the second Home and Garden Expo in 2009.

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.

It’s a chance to see what Second Life looked like back in 2009, and compare the latest homes, furniture and garden products on sale then – with the way that Second Life Homes look today (to say nothing of the avatars!). In fact, this was the very first episode of Designing Worlds, the rebranding of MetaMakeover, as our partners SLCN changed over to being Treet TV.

The Expo on Palladium

The 2009 Expo was twice the size of the 2008 Expo consisting of four regions and 55 different participating stores. Our sister publication Prim Perfect had a pavilion at the show where they’showcased new designers as part of their Prim Perfect Pathfinders project – and you can read about the show in much more detail here: http://bit.ly/32lAidp (although we wouldn’t recommend you trying to teleport to any of the links!

The Expo on Iridium

But here ARE some links you can use – the current Second Life Home and Garden Expo opened on Saturday, and will be running until March 20th.

See more here: https://slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com/ – and check out the Links to the various regions!

And don’t miss your chance to enter the this year’s Home Decorating Contest!

This year there are sixteen very different styles of homes on Hope Street on Home & Garden Expo – Hope1http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%201/217/24/23. There are moderns, historic builds, rustic homes, and even some water-based homes (a houseboat and a pirate ship). There are three tiny homes in very different styles too!

House 14: Tour de Marlborough and dairy by Silex zapedzki of Never Totally Dead, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

These homes will be decorated by sixteen contestants who will have 350 prims (land impact) each to decorate the Home and the surrounding Garden area.

Each contestant can decorate in any style they wish that suits their house, but they MUST include at least three items purchased from RFL vendors at the Home and Garden Expo.

House 9: Houseboat Calypso by Christhiana of Needful Prims, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Timetable:

  1. Entries to be submitted by the end of March 4th
  2. Decorating to take place between noon on March 5th – the end of March 12th.
  3. Voting will run from March 13th – the end of March 19th. Votes will be placed by adding Lindens into the kiosk in front of each house.
  4. The result will be announced on March 20th.

To enter, fill in the form on the web: https://forms.gle/ttKRqNVSJG8Dm1F96 OR complete the notecard embedded in the easels around Hope Street, or in the signs for the individual houses and post it in one of the blue mailboxes by the end of Friday, March 4th.

Hope Street, with homes to be decorated


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Designing Worlds returns to one of our favourite locations – Calas Galadhon – to learn all about the FlyGearz dance troupe who are based there. And we couldn’t resist the opportunity to catch up with Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith and learn all about their build of the New Santorini!

In this show we talk to Jenna Dirval and DaveOSaurus of FlyGearz, the dance troupe with a base on the Calas Galadhon estate. We take the opportunity of learning how the group was formed and the special immersive, interactive shows that they create. We take a trip to their steamship, the beautiful Alice, and we even have the opportunity of taking part in some of their performances!

Then we take the opportunity to relax with a bottle of wine and a chat with the owners of the Calas Galadhon estate, old friends of Designing Worlds, Truck Meredith and Tymus Tenk. They tell us all about the return of their creation of the Greek island of Santorini (located on Eriador), now complete with beautiful furnished homes, with fascinating back stories.

So we just had to round off with a special Greek dance with FlyGearz in celebration!

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You can visit the New Santorini here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ERIADOR/129/129/23

Find out more about FlyGearz here: https://www.facebook.com/FlyGearzEntertainment/

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Today is February 14th – traditionally Valentine’s Day – but for the last ten years it has also been One Billion Rising in Second Life – a four region collection of art, music, poetry and dance to celebrate and raise awareness.

So today we’ll be looking back ten years to that very first One Billion Rising in Second Life. But at 2pm SLT, Elrik Merlin will be playing a set at this year’s One Billion Rising in Second Life on the Stage at OBR Unite – and we invite you to come and join us – and watch the video later!

In 2013, we took several peeks behind the scenes at how the event One Billion Rising in Second Life was created – and how the music video “Break the Chain” was created in Second Life as well!

We will be filming this year’s event, which we’ll be showing later in the season.

Main stage – photo by Wildstar Beaumont

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A Bellisseria Fantasy Home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Catch up with the discussion – when Designing Worlds met with Patch Linden, Vice President, Product Operations and Brett Linden, Vice President of Marketing at Linden Lab, to talk about some developing projects – and the possibilities of the sudden popularity of and conversations about the metaverse.

We started off in the newest area of Bellisseria, which we first saw at this year’s Second Life Birthday celebrations – the Fantasy homes. We discovered the magnificent Community Centre – The Eyrie – and the progress of Linden Homes, as well as current interest in the metaverse. And the wonderful photoshoot from Wildstar Beaumont was all about the fantasy Linden Homes.

Then we moved on to discuss and explore current joint projects between Linden Lab and third parties, bringing new experiences to Second Life: Film Threat and Zenescope. And we also talked about what the future might hold for virtual worlds in general and Second Life in particular.

Inside a Bellisseria Fantasy Home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Places on the show:
The Eyrie – community centre for the Bellisseria Fantasy Linden Homes – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Eyrie/127/169/37
If you would like to visit some Fantasy Bellisseria Homes, look at this page in the Bellisseria Parade of Homes Review: https://lastditch.typepad.com/belli_parade_of_homes/fantasy-homes-bellisseria.html
Film Threat – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Film%20Threat%20A/254/25/27
Read more about Film Threat here: https://filmthreat.com/
Zenescopehttp://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zenescope%20Metaverse%201A/113/140/22
Read more about Zenescope here: https://zenescope.com/

A Bellisseria Fantasy Home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 15th November 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey way back into the past for an episode first shown in July 2016, when we visited the beautiful island of Rocca Sorrentina, an imagining of a late eighteenth century island in the Bay of Naples.

You can watch the episode on this blog, and you can also see it on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at https://vimeo.com/171900078 and you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We are joined by two of the people behind Rocca Sorrentina (or Principal Magistrates as they are called) Aldo Stern and Sere Timeless. They take us on a journey of discovery as we learn about the rich culture that flourished in the Kingdom of Naples (much visited on the Grand Tour), and the history that lay behind it, reaching back to the lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius.

Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also learn about the culture and exhibitions staged by Rocca Sorrentina, as Elrik explores a fascinating exhibition on the history of the Tarot … and we learn of upcoming exhibitions too.

Join us at 2pm SLT to learn more of this fascinating community by tuning in or by coming to the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Accademia di Rocca Sorrentina, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can visit Rocca Sorrentino for yourselves at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rocca%20Sorrentina/85/162/2801

Rocca Sorrentina - photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Rocca Sorrentina – photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Shekhawahti

Join us today, Monday 1st November 2021 at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey way back into the past for a show first shown in Match 2010, as we explored Shekhawahti, based  on the region of Shekhawati (the Garden of Shekha) in Rajasthan in India, where the designer – Veekay Navarathna – created a truly original area, and a fascinating glimpse into an aspect of Indian culture.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/371506581. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Shekhawati is sometimes known as “the open art gallery of Rajasthan” as it has the largest concentration of frescos in the world.  That is because the buildings of Shekhawati are decoreated with rich, beautful and complex frescos painted on their outer – as well as inner – walls.  This alone would make Shekhawati a stunning place to visit – but in addition, Veekay has brought together a collection of traditional and modern Indian art unparalleled in Second Life.

Shekhawahti

Because as well as the commercial and residential areas – and a beautiful ampitheatre, guarded by elephants! – Shekawahti is also home to a vast art gallery containing many examples of traditionald modern art, much of which can be purchased in world, and Veekay offers fascinating insights into the history of art in India, as well as Indian culture and customs.

It’s a beautiful show that explores an unusual culture in Second Life, so do come and join us at 2pm, or catch it on the web!

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