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Garden of Dreams Opening Party Invitation

Garden of Dreams Opening Party Invitation

As many of you know, the Designing Worlds studio has been based on Kayle Matzerath’s Garden of Dreams for a number of years now, and we have been very happy there. Now Kayle has redesigned the whole region, and built us a whole new studio!

Our new studio

Our new studio

It is – of course, because this is Kayle Matzerath – a wonderful new build. And not only that – Kilik Lekvoda has brought Titans, his lovely store of the cutest fantasy avatars, to a new home on Garden of Dreams.

And you are invited to come and celebrate all this on Garden of Dreams, today, Thursday 15th June from 1 – 6pm. Lisa Brune will be singing live from 1 – 2pm, then Elrik Merlin and Zander Greene will dj for two hours each from 2 – 6pm.

The new Garden of Dreams

It’s going to be a great party – make sure you’re there!

Join us here for a splendiforous party – and a chance to explore the studio, the stores and the beautiful region, filled with romantic little hideaways where you can dance, or cuddle, or simply hang out with friends.

Inside our new studio

Inside our new studio

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Radio Riel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Radio Riel, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 12th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we celebrate the tenth birthday of Radio Riel.

Designing Worlds has always had connections with Radio Riel, most notably, of course, through Elrik Merlin who is a leading member of the Radio Riel team. Gabrielle Riel, the founder, takes us through the history of Radio Riel, while we also talk to DJs Diamanda Gustafson. Otenth Paderborn and Edward Pearse.

Radio Riel Fifth Anniversary, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Radio Riel Fifth Anniversary, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s a chance to learn what goes into running a busy and popular radio station, with seven different broadcast channels. And we’ll also be showing photos from some of the Radio Riel events over the years.

You can learn more about Radio Riel here: http://radioriel.org/

It’s a great show – so join us at 2pm SLT in the studio – and make very sure that you come to THIS location, where you’ll find a special surprise awaiting you!

Radio Riel Second Anniversary, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Radio Riel Second Anniversary, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

 

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Home and Garden Expo - Lanterns Release, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Lanterns Release, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 5th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we pay the second of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo, held annually in support of Relay for Life.

In this episode, we explore the amazing Hunt that was created by the Meeroos and Be You (as well as talking to one of the organisers behind the Be You project); take a look at some of the displays and designers at the Expo, including the work of Alia Baroque, Garvie Garzo, Kaerri Rae and we reveal the identity behind the designer known as Akahata, the creator of the new store “also Known as”.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we talk to some of the people who make the tools that designers use in creating the wonderful things we love to buy and use: full perm mesh template creator Lyrical Bizarre, texture maker Gerard Tunwarm, popularly known as Uncle Gerry, soundscape creator Meriadne Merlin and scripter Torgon Woodget.

Finally we end, of course, with shots of the tradional daily lantern release.

Home and Garden Expo - Lanterns Release, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo – Lanterns Release, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Expo is now officially closed, but for the next few days, you can still visit the region for exploration and, of course, shopping!

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It’s a great show – so join us at 2pm SLT in the studio.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

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All images by Wildstar Beaumont

LEA23 - Chasing Morpheus

LEA23 – Chasing Morpheus

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 22nd May, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we visit the Linden Endowment for the Arts.

The Linden Endowment for the Arts (known as the LEA) is a group of 29 regions, donated by Linden Lab to the residents for the promotion of the arts on the grid, and managed by residents. There are two groups of regions – the Core Regions, which consist of nine regions that are generally occupied for three months at a time (although people can occupy them for shorter periods or apply for extensions), and twenty AIR Regions (or Artist in Resident Regions) which are granted to residents for a six month period.

LEA15 – Gardens By the Bay

Currently, applications are open for Round 13 of the AIR Land Grants (they close on May 3oth). That means that if you would like a full prim region on which you can build an installation, you can find out more and apply here.

So this week, Designing Worlds takes a trip to the LEA to see what sort of installations and events people have used their LEA land grants to create.

LEA21 - Light Thoughts

LEA21 – Light Thoughts

Firstly, we travel to the gateway region of LEA3 before exploring The Anthropic Principle, one of two fantastic installations created by Gem Preiz. Then we see film and photos of a range of other installations before visiting the installation the Poetry of the Planets created by Caledonia Skytower.

It’s a beautiful and fascinating show – so join us at 2pm SLT in the studio.

LEA10 - Whitechapel - Victorian London

LEA10 – Whitechapel – Victorian London

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

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Join us today, Monday 21st July at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for the second (and final) part of our discussion about Second Life’s continued viability and the ways in which Linden Lab might attract existing communities to their new platform.

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Our great panel of guests is present again – including Jessica Lyon, Project Manager of Firestorm, Jo Yardley, owner of 1920s Berlin, Maxwell Graf, owner of Rustica. JJ Drinkwater, Virtual and real life Librarian and Pathfinder Lester, Community Engagement specialist (and the ex-Pathfinder Linden).

We don’t talk about the technical possibilities of the new platform; instead we’ll be focus on what needs to be done to keep Second Life vibrant and alive … and, at the same time, what might persuade the residents of Second Life to make a commitment to a new environment – and some of the answers may be surprising!

Join us at 2pm for an important and fascinating show – make sure that you don’t miss it!

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Discussion, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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

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Join us today, Monday 23rd June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode as we visited the town of Flotsam, encounter the Nautilus and Captain Nemo’s underwater observatory, contemplate a trip to the moon and a voyage to the centre of the earth – and undertake an amazing underwater journey – all courtesy of the fabulous, creative Aley!

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Aley has – under a variety of guises – been an amazing creator in Second Life for a great many years, and the Freeport Township of Flotsam is a brilliant example of her skill, her inventiveness and her sense of fun! It’s a floating town in Blake Diego, with strong overtones of Jules Verne – as we discovered when we visited Nemo’s Observatory. Saffia explores the Nautilus and Elrik takes a perilous journey to the centre of the earth!

Begin your Journey to the Centre of the Earth at The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Begin your Journey to the Centre of the Earth at The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

But there are other elements too which are wonderful to discover. Who can resist feeding the kraken (even if it takes a whale to satisfy his appetite), or dining at one of the restaurants – McSushi, perhaps, with its dragon arches, or The White Whale (which serves excellent seafood)? Each building holds stories and surprises – some enchanting, some alarming … what could have happened to the previous occupants of Stan’s Previously Owned Coffins?

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

As we discovered on last week’s show, Aley has also been busy decorating the waters of Blake’s Deep and we conclude by taking an underwater tour that leads us to a fantastic mer carnival (the tour continues without us – but we couldn’t resist stopping off here!).

Aley's Mer Arcade, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Aley’s Mer Arcade, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

All in all, this is a fantastic show – and most of the items we see are on the Marketplace at AleyMart – and all absolutely free.

You can see more of Aley’s works at the Second Life 11th Birthday Community Celebrations. One of these is in The Blackened Mirror exhibit. As part of an amazing demonstration of Rescene (you really must get over there and try it out!) we have re-created the mad scientist’s laboratory that appeared in Episode 1 of Season 2.

And there are two exhibits devoted to Aley’s work – the historical All Things Aley, SL11B Branch, which focuses on the history of her wonderful creations as Arcadia Asylum (2006 – 2008) when she was such a great part of founding the “hobo ethos” of producing high quality free content, as Aley Ariai (2008-2010) , as Lora Lemon, and most recently as Aley (2011 – present), in addition to presenting material on the Boardman themed community which was created back in the beta era of Second Life – and still exists today! And then there’s the Arcadia Asylum – Living Library & Freebie Center, a wonderful display by a group of like-minded individuals, working to preserve and catalogue the works of Aley in all her incarnations, and to make these items available to all for free.

Nemo's Obervatory at The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Nemo’s Obervatory at The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for a fun and spectacular show – make sure that you don’t miss it!

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

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Freeport Township of Flotsam in Blake Diego photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Firestorm - symbol and classroom, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm – symbol and classroom, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 2nd June at 2pm SLT at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our latest episode. This week, we’re not visiting a place so much as we’re looking at a phenomenon – the Firestorm Viewer.

We’ll be talking to Jessica Lyon, the overall Project Manager, Lette Ponnier, the English Support Lead. and Ed Merryman, Support Manager and teacher. And we’ll be tracing Firestorm from the early, rocky days of the Emerald browser through its rebrth as Phoenix to its present huge popularity as the most used viewer on the Second Life grid.

Firestorm training path, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm training path, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we’ll be looking at how the team develop the features that make it so popular – and above all its famous training and support – including their own training path for newcomers to Second Life. Does this offer a model for Linden Lab as they move forward?

Join us at 2pm for the story of Firestorm, a really fascinating show.

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

Firestorm auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Firestorm auditorium, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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