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Mesh Creative - Show and Tell

Mesh Creative – Show and Tell

Join us at 1pm on Sunday 25th May at the Prim Perfect Headquarters in Sund, Second Norway, for the latest of our popular talks, produced in association with Mesh Creative.

As you can see from the poster, we have a great line up of regular speakers and guests including Meshworx, Rustica Home, Botanical, Rustica, Heart Garden Centre, The Domineaux Effect and Shai. This session offers an opportunity for Show and Tell, with designers demonstrating their latest work (or work in progress) and discussing it with our audience.

And they will also be talking about their work in general, and discussing problems that they have encountered. They’ll give advice, share ideas and insights into the creation process. There’ll be ample opportunity for you to ask questions too.

And there will be a chance to explore Prim Perfect’s beautiful new offices …

So do come and join us at 1pm on Sunday 25th May on the garden terrace at the Prim Perfect offices on Sund!

 

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Mesh Creative & Prim Perfect Mesh Talks

Mesh Creative & Prim Perfect Mesh Talks

Join us at the new Prim Perfect Headquarters in Sund, Second Norway, for the latest of our popular talks, produced in association with Mesh Creative.

As you can see from the poster, we have a great line up of regular speakers and guests. These top designers will be talking about their work, showing examples and discussing problems that they have encountered. They’ll give advice, share ideas and insights into the creation process. There’ll be ample opportunity for you to ask questions too.

And there will be a chance to explore Prim Perfects beautiful new offices too …

So do come and join us at 12 noon on Saturday 19th April at the special studio above the Prim Perfect offices on Sund!

And take a look at the offices too!

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I am an awful coward about new viewers.

Because I need to use Second Life for work, when I have a viewer that – basically – works for me, I tend to cling to it with a passion.

The Atelier - without the advanced lighting model

The Atelier – without the advanced lighting model (old Firestorm)

For a long time, this was Imprudence which was blessedly stable. I was never tempted by Emerald but, when it finally declined gracefully (although it has lately resurged), I moved over to Firestorm and quickly fell in love with its bells and whistles.  Nevertheless, I tend to be a bit conservative about updating – I will wait till friends have tested it and reported that it’s safe.

But I have been seduced. I bought Kayle Matzerath’s Atelier, which I raved about in a previous post, and even a quickly dive into the official Second Life viewer to take pics told me that I was missing out. I knew it used materials, normal maps and specular maps … but oh my. Oh …my.

The Atelier - WITH the advanced lighting model (Firestorm beta)

The Atelier – WITH the advanced lighting model (Firestorm beta)

The difference is stunning.

So this morning I drew a deep breath and downloaded the beta version of Firestorm. Yes, I had been seduced so far. And you can see the results here. Both pictures were taken from the same angle, using the same windlight. The only different is the Advanced Lighting model (and thus materials).

And in case you are wondering – I was turned off the official Second life viewer by Version 2 (like so many) and after that have only used it as a back-up. Nowadays, I find the chat system cumbersome – I prefer the flexibility of Firestorm.

Anyway – let’s do a jigsaw (note that for jigsaws to work, I have to lighten the image before making the jigsaw – I do that using curves in Photoshop).

Click to Mix and Solve

In the Atelier

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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In the Atelier

In the Atelier

As readers of this blog will know, I don’t usually write about new releases from designers.

But occasionally, something much-longed for comes from a designer, and one definitely wants to shout about it.

Kayle Matzerath’s Dream Scenes – those wonderful interchangeable skyboxes – are always stunning in creation and detail, but sio much work goes into each and every one that new releases are few and far between. I was extremely lucky to win a full set a couple of years back in a raffle to celebrate the Garden of Dreams birthday. Since then, I have added the Library – a really sumptuous place. I use various of the Scenes for different purposes – the Piano Bar has been an actors’ hang-out, we have Golden Prim meetings in the Library – and the Library has also figured in The Blackened Mirror. I have entertained clients in the Village Cafe and the Field and the Roman Baths are my ultimate private chill-out spots.

In the Atelier

In the Atelier

Now Kayle has released a new Dream Scene – The Atelier – and as soon as I saw it, I was humming Puccini. Because this really is that Paris garret where Marcello, Rudolo, Colline and Schaunard live and work. You can see Narcello’s easel and a work in progress, as well as the (sadly) unsold canvases piled against the wall. And there are books a-plenty for Rudolfo and Colline – dramas and philosophical works piled on almost every shelf and table. There’s no sign of Schaunard’s fiddle – he must have taken it with him – but surely the wind-up gramophone belongs to him.

In the Atelier

In the Atelier

But there are other forces at work here too. In a couple of places you’ll find pressure boilers – and there’s a very workman-like work bench. Could it be that our artistshave a practical bent? And a taste for steampunk? Certainly that artist’s lay model looks a little … rusty. And there’s a telescope too – is that used for spying on the cigarette girls leaving the factory (yes, I am mixing my operas) or is it used for stargazing? And … is that an airship to be glimpsed through the upper window?

I have a suspicion that it’s New Babbage out there …

If you’d like to see more than my pictures can show, there’s a video which I’m embedding here.

Many of the elements of the Dream Scene are also on sale individually, so you can add them to your existing home.  The Atelier uses the Advanced Lighting Model with normal and specular maps so to get the full effect you need the latest Second Life or Firestorm viewer.

The team at Garden of Dreams, to celebrate this new release, have also announced a competition with a really exciting prize:

They say:

We’ve never had a Dream Scene that was so detailed and while building it we had our own story in mind that might fit to the person who lives ..lived? there and what his life must have looked like. But instead of telling you our story, we want you to tell us yours. Who ever tells us the most funny or heartbreaking or whatever story of that atelier or its inhabitants is going to WIN a complete set of all 35 Dream Scenes available worth more than 60.000 L$. If the winner wants to, we will even publish it in our next notice.
You don’t even need to buy the scene, you can just use one of the Bubbles in the Garden of Dreams.
Don’t be afraid. Not a lot of people read that far into the notice and we might get only one story. Why shouldn’t it be yours? You got time until the 14th of February! Good Luck!

In the Atelier

In the Atelier

The whole scene is designed to Kayle’s usual high standards, but what makes this really exciting to me is that Kayle’s skill with mesh means that the whole Atelier has a land impact/prim count of just 156 – including all the furniture and furnishings – which come complete with a huge variety of animations; the bed alone has 113 (and no, I haven’t checked to see if dying piteously of consumption is one of those). If you want it as a single, standalone skybox, its footage is a modest 26 x 19, and it will cost you $2000, which is very cheap for worksmanship of this detail and quality.

So why not pop over to Garden of Dreams and take a look for yourselves? And definitely enter that competition!

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Today is the last full day of the Christmas Expo, and we have two terrific talks lined up in the beautiful Prim Perfect Pavilion, designed by Eliza Wierwight of Patron, on Christmas Expo Wonder,

First, at 2pm SLT, we have Masters of Mesh.  The designers currently slated to appear are: Cain Maven of Maven Homes & Quantum Luxury Homes, Loz Hyde of MESHWORX,  Maxwell Graf of Rustica by Agustkov of Seven Emporium and Roscko Cobalt.

Meet the Masters of Mesh

Meet the Masters of Mesh

Then at 5pm, for our final talk of the season, we will be talking to dome of the people behind the Expo who have created this fantastic event. They will be explaining some of the work that goes in to an event like this – and answering your questions too!

Meet the Creators of the Expo

Meet the Creators of the Expo

And then – don’t miss the Avies on Sunday 15th December at 3pm! Elrik and Saffia will be presenting the first half of the awards – and, of course, Prim Perfectr, Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting have all been nominated too,

To find out how you can watch the event, read all about it here.

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It sounds rather like a singer and her backing group, doesn’t it? But, in fact, today we have two fantastic talks in the Prim Perfect Pavilion.

At 12 noon SLT, Saffia will be talking with Isla about her store, Cheeky Pea about her beautiful store and her shopping region.

Meet Isla

Meet Isla

At 2pm SLT, Saffia will be talking to the Ladies of Mesh – Paige Raven of Cozy Homes, Cracked Mirror of Cracked Mirror & LaRoo, and Isla Gealach of Cheeky Pea & the Nest – and possibly some surprise guests as well!

Meet the Ladies of Mesh

Meet the Ladies of Mesh

And we also have a full schedule of our talks over the whole of the Christmas Expo.

Date Time Topic / Interviewee Store or Business
Thurs, 5th Dec 5pm Cain Maven and Kaerri Rae Maven Homes, Quantum Luxury Homes and Kaerri
Fri, 6th Dec 5pm Elle Kirshner Second Spaces
Sat, 7th Dec 3pm Draxtor Despres & Jo Yardley The Drax Files, The Drax Files Podcasts and 1920s Berlin
Sat, 7th Dec 5pm Cracked Mirror Cracked Mirror
Sun, 8th Dec 12 noon Auryn Beorn Black Tulip
Sun, 8th Dec 5pm Callie Cline KittyCatS! and caLLie cLine
Mon, 9th Dec 12 noon Froukje Hoorenbeeke and Colleen Desmoulins Dutchie and The Loft
Mon, 9th Dec 5pm Sensuous Maximus Builders’ Brewery
Tues, 10th Dec 12 noon Debs Regent SL London
Tues, 10th Dec 2pm Jimmy Branagh and Myrtil Igaly Urchins of Babbage
Wed, 11th Dec 3pm Events of Second Life: Cracked Mirror and Isla Gealach FaMeshed, Liaison Collaborative & The Neighborhood
Thurs, 12th Dec 2pm Events of Second Life: Mikel Monk and Nikki Mathieson The MENs Department, RFL and Home and Garden Expo
Thurs, 12th Dec 5pm DeAnn Dufaux Park Place
Fri, 13th Dec 12 noon Isla Gealach Cheeky Pea
Fri, 13th Dec 2pm Ladies of Mesh: Paige Raven, Charlotte Bartlett,
Cracked Mirror & more
Cozy Himes, Scarlet Creative, Cracked Mirror & more
Sat, 14th Dec 2pm Bad Boys of Mesh: Cain Maven, Loz Hyde, Maxwell Graf,
Agustkov, Roscko Cobalt
Maven Homes & Quantum Luxury Home, MESHWORX, Rustica,
Remarkable Oblivion, Seven Emporium
Sat, 14th Dec 5pm Creators of the Expo TBA

In addition – have you voted for the Avie Choice Awards? Prim Perfect, Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting have all been nominated – as well as events we have played a part in organising such as Second Life’s Tenth Birthday, One Billion Rising and the Home and Garden Expo … as well as many, many friends across Second Life.

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A primeval landscape

A primeval landscape

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 2nd December, for Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we set out to explore a primeval landscape and confront creatures from the far distant past.

Yes, today is our dinosaur show, and we will be exploring a world given over to these amazing creatures and talking to their creator, Wanders Nowhere, who gives us a tour of the landscape and of the fantastic avatars he has created – including a new range in mesh.

One of the dinosaurs of Fort Nowhere

One of the dinosaurs of Fort Nowhere

But the construction of these creatures isn’t the only remarkable thing about them – as we discovered when we explored the potential of the fantastic HUD that drives them.

So … do join us at 2pm as we visit Fort Nowhere and learn more about a very special corner of the Second Life grid. This is definitely one to share with the kids!

Another of the dinosaurs on Fort Nowhere

Another of the dinosaurs on Fort Nowhere

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a special showing on Aview TV – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

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Our special edition of Designing Worlds for Thanksgiving is now available on the web!

Thanksgiving (and the US Thanksgiving happens this Thursday) is a time for giving thanks – and so this year for our annual Thanksgiving show, we decided to give thanks for the amazing design work that is being carried out in mesh.

To do this, we asked the team behind the group Mesh Creative to host our Thanksgiving Dinner, in a house specially created, landscaped and furnished for this very special occasion!

Outside the The Thanksgiving House

Outside the The Thanksgiving House

We were joined by Loz Hyde of Meshworx, Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Designs, Maxwell Graf of Rustica, Lilith Heart of Heart Botanicals and Pamela Galli of La Galleria, while Samantha Ohrberg acted as cat herder! Other designers whose work appears on the show include Froukje Hoorenbeeke of Dutchie, Colleen Desmoulins of The Loft, Domineax Prospero of The Domineaux Effect and Isla Gealach of Cheeky Pea, among others. And the walls are decorated with some beautiful Second Life Art.

Inside the Thanksgiving House

Inside the Thanksgiving House

Designers who donated items to the Home & Garden Showcase
Cain Maven, Quantum Luxury Homes
Loz Hyde, MESHWORX
Froukje Hoorenbeek, Dutchie
Maxwell Graf, Rustica
Isla Gealach, Cheeky Pea
Pamela Galli, La Galleria
Domineaux Prospero, The Domineaux Effect

The Thanksgiving Dinner

The Thanksgiving Dinner

Other Designers featured in the house
Charlotte Bartlett of Scarlet Creative
Colleen Desmoulins of The Loft
Eku Zhong of Culprit
Kalia Firelyte of Dysfunctional Designs
Kaz Nayar of Pilot
Kendra Zaurak of Fanatik
Nico Griffith of Tartessos Arts
Pandora Popstar of LISP
Shai Delacroix of Shai
Van Auster of POST
Winter Thorn of What Next
Yelo Uriza of ARIA

In the kitchen of the Thanksgiving House

In the kitchen of the Thanksgiving House

Artwork by
Anrod Meads “Ragging Inferno”
PJ Trenton “Winds Wellaway”
Nino Vichan “Pending” and “Right Hand Harmonics
Carlotta Ceawlin “After the Storm and Together
Rhea Choral ” Perched”
Fuschia Nightfire “Dancing crow “, “Lightning strikes Thrice” and “Thunder”

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Join us today at at 12 noon SLT in the Prim Perfect Headquarters for the second of what we hope will be regular discussions with leading creators.

Prim Perfect and Mesh Creative Talk

Prim Perfect and Mesh Creative Talk

The following people are scheduled:  Maxwell Graf of Rustica, Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Designs, Loz Hyde of Meshworx, and Charlotte Bartlett of Scarlet Creative, with special guests Lilith and Dolly Heart of the Heart Botanicals.

It’s a chance to learn what some of Second Life’s top designers are working on – to see their latest products and to ask your own questions about design, mesh, Second Life and virtual worlds business.

It’s going to be informative, challenging and a whole lot of fun so do come and join us in the Prim Perfect cafe!

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We’re back from our summer break with a great show to kick off the new season – and you can join us in the treet.tv studios in Garden of Dreams at 3pm, Friday 2nd August.

Cinders & Rosa

Cinders & Rosa

Rosamoo gives us a look at several of the summer hunts with tons of great gifts!

Talking about the enMeshed Hunt with Jeni Porta

Talking with Jeni Porta

Cinders Vale interviews Jeni Porta to learn all about the enMeshed into Fall Hunt.

So join us at 3pm today in the studio for the broadcast. Bring along your hunter friends too. We will be glad to have you all join us for the show.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 3pm SLT on Friday for the live show on http://treet.tv/live or on YouTube or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/happy-hunting.

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