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Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Fairelands Junction, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – the final episode of our summer season, when we take a second look back to Fantasy Faire 2018, the leading mega-event held in Second Life to raise funds for Relay for Life of Second Life in aid of the American Cancer Society – is now on the web!

DW377 – Fantasy Faire 2018 Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

This year, all the funds raised went to support the construction of a Hope Lodge in Nairobi, Kenya, allowing cancer sufferers coming to Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment to have somewhere to stay. We talk in detail with Zander Greene about the project and see some of the work that is being carried out there.

Ardessa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ardessa, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition, we talk to Aisling Sinclair about the fabulous Quest, and Elayne Diavolo about the One Team initiative. And we also visit some of the regions we didn’t see last time including Astrid’s Nematon, Ardessa, and Fairelands Junction!

Astrid's Nemton, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Astrid’s Nemton, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Learn more about:
Fantasy Faire
The project to build a Hope Lodge in Kenya
The One Team Initiative

Willows of Nienna, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Willows of Nienna, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Designing Worlds is now taking its summer break until the middle of September. We look forward to seeing you then!

 

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SL15B - DJ Stage South - The Cake, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B – DJ Stage South – The Cake, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – as we visit the amazing resident builds of the Second Life 15th Birthday Community Celebration – is now on the web!

DW376 – SL15B Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Last week we explored resident builds (you can see that show here) and this we focused on the public areas.

We tour the main stages, the Welcome Area, the Auditorium (where Saffia interviewed the Lindens – (you can see those on SL4Live TV – their SL15B playlist is here). We talk to ADudeNamed Anthony and Dawny Daviau about the auditorium, and to Marianne McCann about the Linden-created Tapestry of Time.

SL15B - Main Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B – Main Stage, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And, of course, as this was a special year, two much-loved locations – the Cornfield and Bear Island – made a welcome return!

SL15B - DJ Stage North, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B – DJ Stage North, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – as we visit the amazing resident builds of the Second Life 15th Birthday Community Celebration – is now on the web!

DW375 – Second Life 15th Birthday Community Celebration Part I – Resident Builds

We talk to some of the creators – to Marianne McCann, about her History Walk and the Bay City exhibit, and to Stevie Basevi, about the Sanctuary exhibit.

SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

SL15B Community Celebration, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also explore the work of artists and creators including Silas Merlin, Suzan Juel. Thoth, Holocluck Henley, Jo Yardley, Lorin Tone and Elicio Ember, Giovanna Cerise. Livio Korobase, Kristali Rabeni and Mantis Oh.

 

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Ravenglass - Celtic Mystical Forest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ravenglass – Celtic Mystical Forest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we meet Prokofy Neva, a longstanding resident in Second Life, the owner of Ravenglass Rentals and the moving force behind the Second Life Public Land Preserve – is now on the web!

DW374 – Prokofy Neva & Ravenglass from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Prokofy Neva is well known for his determined stand on his principles relating to issues ranging from the iniquities of gachas to the problems with group structure within Second Life. He has faced ferocious griefing – including doxing and vile imagery as well as concentrated efforts to destroy his business. But what emerges in our conversation is his passionate love of Second Life and his determination to make residential life better not just for his residents, but for all residents.

Second Life Public Land Preserve - the female Cross, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Public Land Preserve – the female Cross, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Prok takes us on a exploration of Ravenglass and shares some of his concepts for rentals – including the way he uses groups to manage land, and his concepts of themed and even furnished rentals.

He has long had an interest in home and landscape decoration, and is a strong believer in the power of stories creating environments – as we saw recently in his second-placed entry at the Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition. This is very apparent in many of the places we visit in the course of the show.

Ravenglass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Ravenglass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also explore areas within his rentals and beyond where he has created open public land for the benefit of all residents – the Second Life Public Land Preserve – where we see, among other places, a newly created Celtic Mystical Forest, a pretty Italianate waterfront area, a wonder of the Ancient World and a stunning Belarussian witches’ house, with a mysterious Female Cross.

Prok talks openly about his ideas – and about the relationship with the woman behind the avatar and her work in the real world, which particularly shows in the Belarus region, where Prok has a display about the oppression in the real life Belarus, as well as some fascinating displays that showcase Belarussian and related regions’ culture and folklore.

Second Life Public Land Preserve - the Belarus Witches' House, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Public Land Preserve – the Belarus Witches’ House, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we look back at the One Billion Rising in Second Life festival, held on February 14th 2018 – is now on the web!

Regular viewers will remember that this year our spring season was a series of retrospectives, celebrating ten years of Designing Worlds. We promised you then that we WOULD be sharing a show about OBR later in the year. Well, this is it!

We look at the events linked with OBR – the dance, the poetry, the music and the art. This year too we had the #MeToo Forest, where women could share their experiences, and the White Rose Challenge, in support of the Time’s Up movement.

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

What is One Billion Rising?

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.

Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face.  We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To learn more, visit the One Billion Rising in Second Life website: https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/

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Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we pay the second of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo – is now on the web!

DW372 – Home & Garden Expo 2018 Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We look at the Hunt (organised by the Meeroos and BeYou), the Breedables Fair, the Art Gallery andone of the great courtyard spaces that were prominent this year – this time for FIN. And we also talk to the designer SkyRider Varriale, who exhibited at the Expo this year, sponsored a region, and donated two houses to the popular Home Decoration competition.

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take a good look at the twelve houses that were featured in the Decorating contest, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont. And we discuss the contest with Reven Rosca who was one of the organisers, with Kaerri Rae and Saffia.

You can read details of the results of the Decorating competition here.

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo – is now on the web!

DW371 – Home & Garden Expo 2018 I from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talk to the organiser of the Expo, Nikki Mathieson, and to Stingray Raymaker, the ACS representative in Second Life, who tells us about some of the changes Relay for Life in Second Life has seen this year. We also talk to two of the designers who were at the Expo – Robert Galland and Cassie Eldamar, and of course, there’s a lantern release to see!

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there’s plenty to see of the Expo itself, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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