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The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 19th April at 2pm SLT in our beautiful studio in Garden of Dreams as we journey back into the past for a show first shown in June 2016, when we visited the beautiful Looking Glass region, which at that time had been totally redesigned by Sharni Azalee and Marcus Inkpen.

DW307 – The Looking Glass Revisited from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/169056906. And you can join the special Watch Party at 2pm SLT in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Marcus and Sharni had done a complete redesign that has been two years in the planning, and several months in the execution and – as we discovered when Marcus showed us around – the end result is gorgeous, and has become a favourite place for many on the grid – including us; we filmed the 2019 Halloween Tale there.

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sharni was unable to join us (she’s based in Australia and was soundly asleep when we filmed) but Marcus was able to share with us many of the beauties and the fun things that await visitors to The Looking Glass. It makes for an amazing eye-candy episode as he shows us the Art Gallery, the hidden upper streets, the towers, the bridge, the performance areas, the landscaping … and we certainly didn’t have time to cover everything!

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a show you won’t want to miss – so do come and join us for the Watch Party – or watch it on the web!

You can visit The Looking Glass on Horizon Dream here.  And make sure to look out for Sharni Azalee’s stunning region J’Adoube at this year’s Fantasy Faire, opening on Thursday 22nd April!

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Looking Glass, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

 

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Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo Archive channel at: https://vimeo.com/516465206. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT, Monday 25th February) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

#DW152 Exploring Avilion Feb 13th 2012 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

Originally a special Designing Worlds for Valentine’s Day Eve, Saffia and Elrik visit the extensive regions of Avilion in Second Life, a complex of mediaeval-themed roleplay, residential and communal areas with an extremely strong sense of community.

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The regions date back to 2006, and are home to the famous and extremely romantic Avilion Ballroom. Saffia and Elrik also explore combat areas, visit a gypsy encampment and elf circle, and discover the Avilion Library, where the history of the community is maintained.

And, of course, no visit to Avilion would be complete without a visit to the famous ballroom – something that our Prim Perfect readers voted to see included in their favourite Valentine locations.

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Thankfully, unlike many other locations we have visited, Avilion is still with us – an estate of seven associated regions. You can visit the information point on Avilion here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Avilion/248/128/22

It makes for a fascinating and beautiful show – so do come and join us at 2pm or watch online!

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Avilion in 2012, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the most recent episode of Designing Worlds, we paid a second visit to the Home and Garden Expo. The Expo ran from 27th February to 21st March, and was a fabulous event with amazing displays of homes and furnishings, gardens and landscaping, and a range of art displays.

DW432 – Home & Garden Expo 2021 – II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Watch the show above, or you can see it on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/529033647

In this show, we explore the beautiful Designing Worlds cafe, in a building created by Danny Bourne, and landscaped and decorated for us by undercoverlady, visit the fun location of Waffleville (created for tiny.dinkie/petite designers and shoppers) with Kaerri Rae, organiser of the Expo, and talk to Stingray Raymaker, Ambassador for the American Cancer Society in Second Life.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we also take a look at the Home Decorating Contest, talking to four of the contestants: Prokofy Neva, Terra Tepper, Madison Granger and Corvi Ashdene. Wildstar Beaumont has also supplied one of his wonderful slideshows of the decorated homes too! To find out the results … see this post!

Houses in the Decorating Contest at the Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Houses in the Decorating Contest at the Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, we take part in the beautiful lantern ceremony, having looked at some of the Talks that Saffia hosted in the Theatre.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Danny Borne's House, with the interior design by Pitsch Parx

Danny Bourne’s House, with the interior design by Pitsch Parx

Join Designing Worlds at 2pm SLT Monday 15th March for this week’s show from the archives which goes right back to January 2011. The Second Life Home and Garden Expo is happening at present (running until March 21st – see more here: https://slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com/) and some notable designers from the past have returned, including Pitsch Parx and Danny Bourne. This show is a salute to a beautiful house and terrific interior design that the two of them created.

#113 Designing a Second life Home with Pitsch Parx – 31st January 2011 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo Archive channel at: https://vimeo.com/373065980. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT, Monday 25th February) in our studio on Garden of Dreams. Note that since US clocks have gone forward, this will be an hour earlier for everyone else!

Danny Borne's House, with the interior design by Pitsch Parx

Danny Bourne’s House, with the interior design by Pitsch Parx

We met pitsch Parx of UrbanizeD, whose interior design concept this beautiful home was, and he gave us a guided tour of the house. We will also met Danny Bourne, the creator of the building, and Charlene Trudeau, owner and manager of SkyBeam Estates.

The house attracted attention in the blogsphere at the time, and you can read more about it here on Chic at Phil’s Place, but today viewers will have a chance to see it in detail! Incidentally, Chic Aeon, the writer of that blog post, is one of the contestants in the Home and Garden Decoration Contest at this year’s Expoyou can go and discover all fourteen houses here!

Danny Borne's House, with the interior design by Pitsch Parx

Danny Bourne’s House, with the interior design by Pitsch Parx

All in all, I think you will see from this show why the Home and Garden Expo, and all of us here on Designing Worlds, are so excited to welcome the return of Pitsch Parx and Danny Bourne! So do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

Photographs by PJ Trenton and Alaex Aeon

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One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our new episode of Designing Worlds, we visit the fantastic event that was One Billion Rising 2021, held on February 14th. For the ninth year, men and women in Second Life joined activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Rise, Resist and Unite as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change – to confront the devastating statistic that 1 in 3 women around the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime – that’s One Billion Women and Girls.

DW430 – One Billion Rising in Second Life – 2021 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Watch the show above, or you can see it on the Designing Worlds Vimeo channel at: https://vimeo.com/channels/dworlds.

We talk to the organisers of the event (and Saffia was one of them!), Briony Writer, Dawny Daviau, Kess Crystal, Adele Ward and AvaJean Westland. We learn about the vital role of volunteers, the role of dance and music, and the importance of the landscaping – including the #MeToo Forest and the regions, decorated by Krystali Rabeni, Eclair Martinek, Dawny Daviau and Kess Crystal. And we look at the beautiful stage, created by Kilik Lekvoda, all following the special theme of this year’s OBR, Rising Gardens.

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Hall for Heroes, One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We discuss the art installations, and we take a look at these, talking to Jaz, one of the creators, as well as visit the moving “I Rise” photo installation and the amazing Heroes’ Pavilion with its contents created and curated by AvaJean Westland.

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

“I Rise” Photo Installation, One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a very impressive show, so do tune in or join us at 2pm SLT at the Watch Party in Garden of Dreams!

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One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Art Installation crated by Lampithaler, One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To find out more about One Billion Rising in Second Life, visit the website.

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One Billion Rising in Second Life 2021, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Second Life Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It was the first show of the new season – and one we had been looking forward to for some time!

DW429 Second Life Endowment for the Arts – Opening from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We visited the brand-new, just-opened regions of the Second Life Endowment for the Arts – the SLEA. It’s the new initiative by Linden Lab and Second Life residents to give artists a place to create, display, share, learn, and teach.

Second Life Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We have a good look round at some of the current installations, and talk to some of the movers and shakers behind the project, including SLEA Coordinator Tansee, SL Liaison Safar Fiertze, and artist Regi Yifu. We visit Viktor Savior’s fascinating presentations of Slavic history and folklore, and we talk Machinima with SLEA Media Curator Wizardoz Chrome; and we go under the sea to learn about Nellie the turtle and our relation to the oceans with Briony Writer and Jaz. There’s a stunning slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont, and much more.

Second Life Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Learn more about the SLEA by checking out their blog at https://slendowmentforthearts.wordpress.com/

Second Life Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Second Life Endowment for the Arts, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join Designing Worlds at 2pmSLT Monday 7th December for this week’s show from the archives which goes right back to March 2014, when we we paid a final visit to the beautiful dieselpunk region of Seraph City.
#DW224 The Dieselpunk World of Seraph City – March 3rd 2014 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo. You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo Archive channel at: https://vimeo.com/382965949. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT, Monday 7th December) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.
Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We tour some of the beautiful builds in the city – and also talk about how episodes of The Blackened Mirror were filmed there – and were the basis of some popular games during the first season of the show.
Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sadly, a few days after we filmed here, the owner announced his intention of converting the sim into a private region. Already the name has been changed and many of the iconic buildings have gone (including the Hawkesmoor Apartment buildings which we visit). Obviously, we had no idea that this was going to happen when we filmed the show – and nor did the Estate Manager, Edward Pearse, who was our escort.
Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

At the time, we thought long and hard about broadcasting this, but decided to go ahead, even though the show was more an elegy to Seraph City than an invitation to become part of a community. Of course, six years later, we have a lot of elegies in our Archives!
Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Seraph City, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Patch and Brett Linden, in conversation with Saffia and Elrik, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Patch and Brett Linden, in conversation with Saffia and Elrik, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our most recent episode of Designing Worlds, we sat down for a chat with Patch and Brett Linden, about recent happenings in and future plans for Second Life. And we covered a wide range of topics – with some interesting side trips!

DW426 – Lindens & Stilt Homes from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Brett Linden is VP of Marketing for Linden Lab and Patch Linden is Vice President of Product Operations for Linden Lab. We had a wide ranging discussion that covered the Uplift to the Cloud, now largely completed, and – now that new land is once again an option – the forthcoming Linden Homes release of Stilt Homes.

Stilt Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Stilt Homes, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We also discussed the impact of the pandemic on Second Life and how the Lab has handled the significant influx of new and returning residents as the virtual environment has become increasingly important, including the availability of “turnkey” educational and conference environments that users can adapt and configure from a range of available designs.

The Town Hall - one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Town Hall – one of Linden Labs turnkey designs, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wildstar Beaumont gaves us a look around Rosehaven in the autumn and finally, we looked ahead to winter treats the Linden have planned, with a visit to Winter Wonderland … and news of a planned snowfight. Linden Lab versus the Residents – bring it on!

Snowfight Arena In Winter Wonderland

Snowfight Arena In Winter Wonderland

 

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7Seas Fishing on Flotsam Beach

7Seas Fishing on Flotsam Beach

Join Designing Worlds at 2pmSLT Monday 23rd November for this week’s show from the archives which goes right back to 2008, when we were still MetaMakeover, and 7Seas Fishing was a new game that was taking the grid by storm!

#023 Seven Seas Fishing 25 November 2008 from Saffia Widdershins on Vimeo.

You can watch it on this blog, and you can also see the show on the Designing Worlds Vimeo Archive channel at: https://vimeo.com/371126573. And you can join the special Watch Party (at 2pm SLT, Monday 16th November) in our studio on Garden of Dreams.

Elrik interviews 7Seas fishers in 2008

Elrik interviews 7Seas fishers in 2008

It was a very special show, as we held a fishing contest, on the waterfront at the back of our old Meta Makeover studios on Northpoint! And it was special for another reason, as it marked the first appearance of Elrik Merlin as co-host on the show!

In the first part of the show, Saffia interviewed the devisers of the wonderful 7Seas Fishing, Jen and Seven Shikami.

And in the second half of the show, we had our own fishing contest – live on TV! You can see Elrik Merlin interviewing some of the contestants – as well as Crap Mariner, a very keen fisher, achieving Hall of Fame status.

7Seas Fishing on Flotsam Beach

7Seas Fishing on Flotsam Beach

Twelve years later, Designing Worlds and Seven Seas fishing are both still going strong. You can find out all about Designing Worlds here – and Seven Seas Fishing here: http://www.7seasfishing.com/ – or you can visit their headquarters at https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Flotsam%20Beach/29/108/21/ and try 7Seas Fishing for yourselves!

And for the FIRST time in TWELVE years, we will be giving away TEN unique MetaMakeover Blue Ragged Fish at the Watch Party for the show!

The MetaMakeover fish!

The MetaMakeover fish!

 

 

 

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The Playa at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Playa at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In our most recent episode of Designing Worlds, we visited Burn2 2020, the annual Second Life celebration and impromptu art festival that parallels the Burning Man festival usually held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada every year.

DW425 – Burn2 2020 from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

Originally begun as “Burning Life” by Linden Lab, several of whom were “Burners” in real life, the community-run festival is now called Burn2 and is a fully authorised regional Burning Man event.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This year Burn2 has been particularly important as the real-life Burning Man festival was cancelled due to Covid-19 and instead has been held virtually, with Burn2 being the most extensive and longest-established. As a result there has been a significant influx of real-life Burners into Burn2, often bringing unique art exhibits and general zaniness with them.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In this feature-length episode we talk to organisers and exhibitors at this year’s Burn2, Supersuz, DJ Puddles, Fifi Oh, Holocluck Henley and Freia Guillaume.

We also visit some of the exhibits, and take a look at the philosophy behind the festival.

Lamplighters at the Man at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Lamplighters at the Man at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In addition, Saffia sets out to take a balloon ride – but finds a much more exciting mount! And we catch the Lamplighters, the Burning of the Temple, and the Burning of the Man himself.

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Exhibit at Burn2, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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