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Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – visiting the beautiful Cerridwen’s Cauldron, designed by Elicio Ember – is now on the web.

Cerridwen’s Cauldron holds a beautiful and fascinating store high in the sky, where you can purchase Elisio’s wonderful creations, but in this show, our focus is on the ground level.

Elicio’s creation of a landscape that showcases his products (and his skills!) was always beautful, but now, as a result of a two year project, the whole of the island has been redesigned.  We explore the different levels and admire his work with glass, with mesh and with materials.

Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

There’s elements to explore above and below the waves, and reaching up into the sky too. And you’ll be able to see the Cauldron at Fantasy Faire this year too where – as the Otherworld region, it plays host to the Literary Festival!

Cerridwen's Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Cerridwen’s Cauldron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

 

 

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All photographs by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo

Home and Garden Expo

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we pay the second of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo in Second Life– is now on the web.

In this second show we explore some of the builds and talk to designers Kaerri Rae, Bee Cauldron Law and Garvie Garzo, while Reven Rosca of the free perm template store Meshopotamia takes us on a tour of the amazing stores selling various kinds of building aids that were located on Hope3.

Home and Garden Expo

Home and Garden Expo

And we take a quick peek at the Breedables region (Hope10), which helped to raise a wonderful total for Relay for Life. To date, the Home and Farden Expo has raised a staggering L$ 4,016,216, the equivalent of US$ 16,065.

Then we end the show with a last look at the beautiful lantern ceremony.

Home and Garden Expo

Home and Garden Expo

Sadly, the Expo is now over, but we hope to show you some of the amazing things that were on display there, and which also took place during the Expo. And our brilliant photographer, Wildstar Beaumont, will show yet more!

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit the festival for One Billion Rising in Second Life, which took place on 14th February – is now on the web.

One Billion Rising in Second Life is a twenty-four hour one day event in support of the international event One Billion Rising, which aims to build awareness of the violence that women and girls across the globe are subjected to.  In Second Life, across four regions there were art installations and exhibitions,  poetry sessions, storytelling events,  live dance  performances, twenty four hours of music – and also information kiosks that shared information about organisations devoted to promoting justice for women across the globe, and stories of events that were happening around the world.

 

Filming the video for One Billion Rising

Filming the video for One Billion Rising

 

In the show, we look at some of the elements that went into the event – the amazing video that was shot ahead of the event, part of the particle display by Tansee that was given at the event, one of the dances that were performed in the beautiful Sunflower Theatre, and a full performance of a special play by Bhelanna Blaze, performed by the Cold Shot Ensemble – and, of course, the beautiful and thought provoking art installations that were located all around the perimeter of the event.

The Dance Theatre

The Dance Theatre

 

Find out more about One Billion Rising in Second Life:
Website: https://onebillionrisingsl.wordpress.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Billion-Rising/493344827375934
Second Life Group: One Billion Rising
Twitter Stream: https://twitter.com/OBRinSL
Flickr Group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/2169739@N23/
Main One Billion Rising for Justice page: http://www.onebillionrising.org/

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we discover more about MadPea, the long established Second Life group behind some of the best and most memorable games in Second Life – is now on the web.

MadPea Logo

MadPea Logo

We talk to Kiana Writer, the founder of Mad Pea, and Kess Crystal, the marketing director (and even sneak a peek at a planning meeting – but no spoilers!).

And we learn about the remarkable results of the Celebrity Auction held last September in support of Feed a Smile / Live and Learn in Kenya, a nonprofit which supports children in Kenya to help them gain an education. They are currently building a new school, and the money raised at the MadPea auction paid for a classroom – which has already been built – and children started lessons in it this January! We share a film about this work.

And we also see some of the process that goes into creating a game almost entirely within Second Life, and look at this in relation to their upcoming game – The Interview. And we learn the secret of the dreaded pink prim!

Then we head off to explore the game of The Ghost Town, part of the Firestorm Community Gateway – which is open to all!

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

The Ghost Town, a game by MadPea at the Firestorm Community Gateway

 

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – when we meet three couples who are behind some of the best loved brands in Second Life – and who have taken their Second Life partnerships into real life – is now on the web.

 

 

Each of the three couples have crossed continents or oceans to be with each other in real life, and they’ve all been together since around 2007 – that’s getting on for ten years!

We talk to Shai Delacroix of Casa del Shai and Kris Lehmann of Botanical, to Lyyric Fei and Maxwell Graf of Ristica, and to Bastchild Lotus and Paul Lapointe of Lapointe and Bastchild. They share their stories with us – funny, moving and exciting by turns – and sometimes with touches of frustration with officialdom too!

It’s a show that reveals the real people behind the avatars, and it’s also a powerful demonstration of how our virtual world impacts on our lives away from the screen.

Romance at Rustica

Romance at Rustica

Casa del Shai: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Straylight/127/213/30
Botanicals: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Straylight/125/187/28
Rustica: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rustica/128/128/2
Lapointe and Bastchild: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Evocative/176/125/79

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit the  iLearn Lab, the immersive world of the iSchool at the University of Washington – is now on the web.

 

 

We’re given a guided tour by Ran Hinrichs, specialist in immersive information environments at the iSchool Faculty, University of Washington, who takes us on a guided tour to meet fellow faculty, teaching assistants, avalumni and students who take the course offered in Second Life as we learn about the history and content of the fascinating inworld course of which they are all a part.

We see the students at work and discover some of the projects they have created, and also learn about the theory of information that underlies the work they do.

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

One of the most fascinating aspects of this show is that it was produced in association with the iLearn Lab to an unusual degree!  After discussions, and reading earlier scripts, the students worked to create the script for this episode (with guidance from the Designing Worlds team); they not only appear in the show but also undertook production tasks including set design and costume.

Guests:
Ran Hinrichs, iSchool Faculty, University of Washington
Mano Barkovics, Student iSchool, University of Washington
Nicole Tilly, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Shannon Garcia, TA, University of Washington
Bob Boiko, iSchool Faculty, University of Washington
Raven Luna, Avalumni, Certificate in Virtual Worlds, University of Washington

UW Production Team:
Juan Cai, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Sang-Tse Wu, Student at iSchool, University of Washington
Shannon Garcia, TA, University of Washington
Mano Barkovics, Student iSchool, University of Washington

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

iLab, University of Washing, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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The latest episode of Designing Worlds – where we visit a rather special house that is new on the grid – is now on the web.

 

 

Eliza Wierwight of Patron is a leading Second Life artist and creator – and she has also made some of the most beautiful homes on the Second Life grid. She doesn’t release new homes very often, so the launch of a new one is always a cause for celebration. And now, with the Banyan House, a build that has been two years in the making, she has excelled herself.

The Banyan House, designed by Eliza Wierwight, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Banyan House, designed by Eliza Wierwight, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

It’s huge, with a whole complex of rooms and levels and pools (Eliza always includes awesome water features). It features experience tools used in a new and fascinating way – which I think might become a standard in home design. And it’s not only sumptuously furnished (the bathroom! the white bedroom! the lounge!), but Eliza has included many little details and art works that makes it a very personal creation that she’s sharing with those who purchase the house.

 

The Banyan House, designed by Eliza Wierwight, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Banyan House, designed by Eliza Wierwight, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

When a house like the is launched, representing a high level of achievement and a lot of work, we love the opportunity to explore in depth (as we did with Dutchie‘s Utrecht Villa back in September 2014). And Eliza gives us a fabulous tour – as you’ll see.

 

The Banyan House, designed by Eliza Wierwight, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Banyan House, designed by Eliza Wierwight, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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